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Shell Canada charged for Chemical Valley spill

In January of 2013, Shell Canada allegedly spilled "flare liquids", similar to gasoline, from its refinery in Sarnia. People in a nearby First Nation (often affected by Chemical Valley spills) experienced odours, irritation and illness. After waiting until the end of the two year limitation period, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change has charged Shell with [...]

Supreme Court hears Chevron Ecuador pollution appeal

Can foreign pollution judgments be enforced in Canada? The Supreme Court of Canada has heard arguments on the attempt by Ecuador pollution plaintiffs to enforce their $9 plus billion Ecuador judgment against Chevron's Canadian assets, in Chevron Corporation, et al. v. Daniel Carlos Lusitande Yaiguaje, et al., Supreme Court of Canada File No. 35682. Although substantial pollution [...]

Sydney Tar Ponds Environmental Class Action is over

The neighbours wanted to hold the federal and provincial governments liable for air, water and soil pollution caused by the historic Sydney steel mill and coke works

Less environmental enforcement = more private prosecutions?

When governments do little to enforce environmental laws, generally or in particular areas, private citizens and environmental groups sometimes try to fill the gaps with private prosecutions. These cases are burdensome and expensive to handle, but can make a significant difference, as Ecojustice's light pollution case did to make mirrored buildings safer for birds. But [...]

Endangered Species Act: Challenge to Exemptions

Ecojustice will be in court today. It will argue, on behalf of Ontario Nature and Wildlands League that Regulation 176/13, which allows major industries, such as forestry and mining developments, to avoid strict standards intended to protect at-risk species and their habitats, undermines and contravenes the Endangered Species Act.  Ecojustice will be arguing that: The regulatory exemptions [...]

More on the anti-wind constitutional question

Court confirms the constitutional validity of the Ontario system for approving and regulating wind turbines, Green Energy Act, Environmental Protection