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Ecojustice is leading the legal fight for a brighter environmental future. We are Canada’s only national environmental law charity. We are 100% donor-funded and have a 25-year track record of winning legal victories for people and the planet.

Defending the rights of Chemical Valley residents – Charter Challenge

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Ecojustice lawyers represented Ada Lockridge and Ron Plain, two members of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, in their fight to ensure that the health of people living in one of Canada’s most polluted communities – Sarnia’s Chemical Valley – is protected.Ecojustice lawyers represented Ada Lockridge and Ron Plain, two members of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, in their fight to ensure that the health of people living in one of Canada’s most polluted communities – Sarnia’s Chemical Valley – is protected. The approximately 800 residents of Aamjiwnaag live next to industrial facilities that account for approximately 40 per cent of Canada’s petrochemical industry. In 2011, the…

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That’s a wrap! Coal hearing comes to a close

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This week, on behalf of community groups and local residents, Ecojustice lawyers were in court to make the case for why the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s approval of the Fraser Surrey Docks coal export facility should be struck down. I’ve been on this case since it was first launched, and I can say with great pride that we have put our all into this file. We’ve dedicated thousands of hours and significant resources into making sure we were able to make a strong case to the Court on behalf of our clients. And I think we did just that. As…

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Thank You from Ecojustice

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Looking back at 2016 Thanks to you, in the past year we have celebrated numerous victories for people and the planet. We won the lengthy fight against Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, pressured the government to ban microbeads, and protected Canada’s national parks from commercial encroachment. As 2016 has come to a close, and 2017 is now here, our team is reflecting on the this year. Thanks to your support, we reached our goal of raising $150,000! Your support will help us make our holiday wishes for the environment come true. Looking forward to 2017 We’ll be counting on your support to win even more…

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Ecojustice applauds federal ban on microbeads

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The Canadian government has announced a ban on microbeads, and this progressive move will keep this harmful plastic pollutant out of Canada’s waterways. When products containing microbeads, such as cleansers, lotions and toothpastes, are used and rinsed down the drain, these bits of plastic — typically 1.0 millimetre or smaller in diameter — are too small to be caught by wastewater treatment facilities. Instead, they are flushed directly into lakes, rivers and streams, where they wreak havoc on wildlife. Scientists have found millions of microbeads in the Great Lakes, with the highest concentrations occurring near urban areas. Although once considered…

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We’re going to court to protect wild salmon — again.

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Taking the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to court to protect wild salmon is nothing new for us. As you might remember, last year we successfully argued that the Minister had unlawfully delegated his regulatory responsibilities to fish farm companies and won a precedent-setting legal victory. In other words, the Minister was letting the fox guard the henhouse. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of the story. Despite several warnings, the Minister is failing to comply with federal fisheries laws and take basic precautionary steps to protect wild salmon. We know that heart and skeletal muscle inflammation (HSMI), a disease which…

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Ecojustice, We Did It

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We made it! Thanks to all of your help, we surpassed our goal of raising $25,000 in online gifts this month! These gifts were matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous supporter, meaning we’ve raised more than $50,000 to support our fight for a brighter environmental future. Thank you. In the coming months, your contributions will help provide the resources we need to tackle tough cases and continue building the case for a better earth. We have a busy summer ahead of us, with many cases on the go. Here’s where we’re putting your donations to work: Fighting to stop the Kinder…

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Ecojustice reacts to announcement of federal environmental law review process

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OTTAWA — Ecojustice issued the following statement about the federal government’s plans for reviewing Canada’s environmental laws to restore credibility to the environmental assessment process: Devon Page, executive director said: “We are pleased to see the federal government take promising steps toward improving Canada’s environmental laws, including plans to appoint independent panels to conduct public reviews of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and National Energy Board Act. While we await further detail on what the upcoming process will entail and the composition of the expert panels, we urge the federal government to consider that the credibility and, ultimately, the success…

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Protecting the Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes Basin is one of the greatest freshwater ecosystems on Earth. Today, three of Ontario’s four Great Lakes are in a state of decline. Climate change is leading to an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, which wash more pollutants into our waterways and lakes. Pollution, climate change, and agricultural, industrial and residential development have destroyed almost ¾ of southern Ontario’s historic wetlands. These wetlands provide habitat for species, filter our drinking water, and protect communities from floods. Pollutants from consumer products, including microplastics or microbeads, are being dumped into the water. Once in…

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