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Canadian Perspectives on Animals and the Law

Jennifer likes a new book, Canada's first treatise on animals and the law.It is edited by her former law school classmate, Katie Sykes (now assistant professor at the Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University), Peter Sankoff (professor at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law) and Vaughan Black (professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University). Jennifer says: [...]

Bill 37, Invasive Species, second reading soon?

Will the proposed Invasive Species Bill pass before invasive Asian carp reach the Great Lakes, with devastating effects?

Province and Feds Sign Great Lakes Act again

The Ontario and federal governments have signed the latest (8th) version of the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health (2014 COA). The purpose of this agreement is to implement Canada’s commitments to protect the Great Lakes made in partnership with the United States under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality [...]

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 [...]

INTERPOL environmental crimes unit

International environmental wildlife and pollution crimes are attracting growing attention from INTERPOL, partly because many of them are committed by organized crime. For example, in response to the recent surge of ivory tracking, INTERPOL formed a  dedicated environmental crime team in Africa. As InterPOL puts it: "Environmental crime is a serious and growing international problem, and one which takes [...]

Energy East Pipeline v Belugas, Part 2

The threatened white beluga whales of the St. Lawrence or high-noise pipeline work? Earlier this month we blogged about Justice Claudine Roy’s decision granting a temporary injunction to environmental groups, blocking Energy East Pipeline Ltd. and TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. from conducting exploratory work in the St. Lawrence River near Cacouna, QC until October 15, when a [...]