Hydrogen sulphide detected on Aamjiwnaang First Nation Reserve

Last updated on June 18, 2020 Press Release

Global Community Monitor press release on chemical spill in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley.

Aamjiwnaang Bucket Brigade discovers alarming levels of toxic chemicals in Sarnia

Last updated on June 22, 2020 Press Release

Bucket Brigade volunteers find toxics in the air in Sarnia, Ontario [Feb 20 2008]

Civil society groups urge expedited passage of Canada’s first environmental racism bill

Last updated on June 16, 2022 Press Release

House to resume debate on Bill C-226 today OTTAWA/TRADITIONAL, UNCEDED TERRITORY OF THE ALGONQUIN ANISHNAABEG PEOPLE – Civil society groups are calling on MPs to support Bill C-226, An Act … Read more.

Candidates in Ontario election must commit to tackling environmental crises

Last updated on May 24, 2022 Blog Post

In advance of the Ontario provincial election on June 2, Ecojustice is calling on all candidates to adopt and support policies that will fight climate change, tackle dangerous pollution and … Read more.

A broad spectrum of groups urges Parliament to expedite passage of Canada’s first environmental racism bill, ahead of the House of Commons debate

Last updated on April 20, 2022 Press Release

Social justice organizations, health organizations, academics, rights campaigners, and environmental groups are calling on MPs to pass Canada’s first environmental racism law before their summer recess. On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, … Read more.

Who do we work with and why?

Last updated on March 10, 2022 Blog Post

Last year, when we asked supporters what frustrated them most about the charitable sector, just over a third had no major complaints. One third weren’t sure how effective the work … Read more.

Addressing environmental racism in Canada

Last updated on July 7, 2022 Case

Overview: Toxic pollution and exposure to dangerous chemicals impact people across Canada, but Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) and those with a lower income often suffer the worst … Read more.

Holding Imperial Oil to account for breaking pollution regulations

Last updated on February 2, 2022 Case

On 11 occasions between July and October 2019, Imperial Oil released excessive amounts of sulphur dioxide from its refinery at Sarnia, Ont. Sulphur dioxide is highly dangerous to people with … Read more.

Imperial Oil must be held accountable for dangerous pollution

Last updated on June 21, 2021 Press Release


New legislation can be a first step towards environmental justice

Last updated on June 16, 2022 Blog Post

Political parties need to make Bill C-28 a priority After years of campaigning by committed activists, environmental groups and health advocates, the federal government tabled the Strengthening Environmental Protection for … Read more.

Broad-spectrum of groups welcome federal vote on environmental racism bill

Last updated on February 3, 2022 Press Release

Urgent need for national strategy and law to address environmental racism Ottawa/The traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people  – Social justice organizations, health organizations, academics, rights campaigners and … Read more.

Canada’s environmental laws continue to perpetuate systemic racism

Last updated on June 16, 2022 Blog Post

Since this blog was published, the National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism Act (Bill C-230) passed second stage in the House of Commons. Toxic pollution and exposure to dangerous chemicals … Read more.

Troubling report on environmental racism in Canada presented to UN Human Rights Council

Last updated on September 21, 2020 Press Release

For immediate release: September 21, 2020 Environmental and physicians groups urge the Prime Minister to swiftly introduce amendments to strengthen key environmental protection law   Toronto, Ont. – A report … Read more.

Environmental racism in Canada: What is it, what are the impacts, and what can we do about it?

Last updated on May 18, 2022 Blog Post

Ecojustice spoke with Beze Gray, an Anishnaabe land/water protector from Aamjiwnaang First Nation, about environmental racism in Canada, how it impacts their community, and what our government needs to do … Read more.

Updated CEPA must include the human right to a healthy environment

Last updated on June 16, 2022 Blog Post

Global pandemic illustrates importance of legislating the right to a healthy environment  Wearing a face mask, repeatedly washing our hands and maintaining a two-metre distance when encountering others is now … Read more.

#GenClimateAction: Suing Ontario for weakening its climate targets

Last updated on March 29, 2021

About this case Seven young people, backed by Ecojustice, are suing the Government of Ontario for weakening its climate targets because it will lead to widespread illness and death, violating … Read more.

Beze Gray

Last updated on March 6, 2020

Beze Gray is one of seven young people taking the Ford government to court for weakening Ontario’s 2030 climate target. Beze  is an Anishnaabe land/water protector and student from Aamjiwnaang … Read more.

Clearing the air in Chemical Valley

Last updated on June 22, 2020 Blog Post

For more than a decade, Ecojustice has worked with community members from Sarnia and the Aamjiwnaang First Nation (AFN) to safeguard their right to a healthy and ecologically-balanced environment. At … Read more.

Ontario disappoints by refusing to take further steps to protect Ontarians’ right to breathe clean air

Last updated on February 21, 2019 Blog Post

Clear, strong, legally-binding air quality standards are necessary to protect Ontarians’ right to a healthy environment. Ontario’s air quality standards — which allow the release of unsafe levels of pollution … Read more.

The importance of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights: What you need to know

Last updated on July 17, 2020 Blog Post

When it was first enacted almost 25 years ago, Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) was an important, ground-breaking statute that set Ontario apart from other provinces by granting a … Read more.

Slow road to fixing Canada’s main pollution law

Last updated on July 10, 2018 Blog Post

No major changes to Canadian Environmental Protection Act until 2020, feds say We’d spent the last year anxiously waiting to hear whether federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine … Read more.

We’ve got a message for Ontario: It’s time to respect all Ontarians’ right to breathe clean air

Last updated on May 8, 2018 Blog Post

Clean air is something many of us take for granted. Our lives and health depend on it. It may surprise you to learn that approximately 15,000 Canadians die prematurely because of … Read more.

Canadian oil refineries lag far behind US counterparts on pollution controls

Last updated on May 2, 2018 Blog Post

The numbers are in, and they illustrate the federal government’s abject failure to protect the air we breathe Every 35 minutes, someone in Canada dies prematurely from poor air quality … Read more.

Behind the scenes: An inside look at Ecojustice’s advocacy for better environmental laws

Last updated on September 2, 2020 Blog Post

Stepping into a courtroom to advocate for nature is never easy. This week, however, I faced a different type of challenge — appearing before the federal Standing Committee on Environment … Read more.

Ontario delivers updates to outdated sulphur dioxide air quality standard

Last updated on March 27, 2018 Blog Post

Nearly 43 years after first introducing its SO2 standard, the government has taken an important step to modernize it For years, Ecojustice has pushed Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and … Read more.

Imperial Oil flaring investigation continues

Last updated on March 11, 2019 Blog Post

After a lengthy investigation, the Ministry of the Environment announced in March 2019 that it would not charge Imperial Oil in the 2017 flaring incident. In late February 2017, the … Read more.

UPDATE: Lawsuit over air pollution in Chemical Valley discontinued

Last updated on June 17, 2020 Press Release

TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyer Kaitlyn Mitchell issued the following statement today about ongoing concerns with Ontario’s chronic failure to address the air quality crisis in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley: “After eight … Read more.

After eight and a half year delay, Ontario delivers disappointing cumulative effects policy

Last updated on June 17, 2020 Press Release

Ontario’s draft emissions policy would lead to ‘business as usual’ TORONTO — After an eight and a half year delay in reviewing how it regulates cumulative effects of air pollution, … Read more.

Ontario’s environmental commissioner calls on province to take action in Chemical Valley

Last updated on October 26, 2017 Blog Post

Another damning report from the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) is calling out the provincial government’s failure to address ongoing impacts of air pollution from industry in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley … Read more.

Demanding an investigation into Imperial Oil’s massive flaring in Chemical Valley

Last updated on March 12, 2019 Blog Post

Imperial Oil released hazardous contaminants during a massive polluting event that left residents fearing for their safety. On a cold and wet winter night in February 2017, the skies above … Read more.

Province commits to fund health study in Chemical Valley

Last updated on October 17, 2017 Blog Post

For more than a decade, Ecojustice has worked in Chemical Valley to fight for environmental justice in one of Canada’s most polluted communities. On the heels of a massive Global … Read more.

Exposing Canada’s Toxic Secret

Last updated on June 18, 2020 Blog Post

Is there a terrible cost to living in Canada’s Chemical Valley? That’s the question at the heart of a Global TV-led investigation — two years in the making — that … Read more.

Ada Lockridge

Last updated on July 28, 2017

Ada Lockridge is a member of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, an activist, and a long-time client of Ecojustice. We’re representing Ada in our challenge against the Ontario government’s failure to review … Read more.

Much to celebrate in committee report on Canadian Environmental Protection Act

Last updated on January 15, 2020 Blog Post

Highlights include major breakthrough for environmental rights, strengthened toxics regulation and protections for vulnerable populations The Canadian Environmental Protection Act (“CEPA”) is Canada’s most important environmental law.  And yet, in … Read more.

Ecojustice 101: How we pick our cases

Last updated on October 9, 2019 Blog Post

Ecojustice’s mission is to use the courts and power of the law to defend nature, combat climate change, and fight for a healthy environment for all.  While we would love … Read more.

This is not ‘normal’: Imperial Oil flaring lights up sky

Last updated on April 6, 2017 Blog Post

Imagine seeing extreme flaring down the road from your home on an otherwise quiet Thursday evening. You and your neighbours closest to Imperial Oil’s refinery feel your windows shaking. Outside, … Read more.

Ontario needs to improve regulation of pollution to protect human health

Last updated on March 29, 2017 Blog Post

Approval process ignores risks of living near multiple-emitters At Ecojustice, we believe that everyone has a right to a healthy environment, including clean air and water.  Many Ontario communities are … Read more.

Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights needs a facelift

Last updated on March 29, 2017 Blog Post

Canadian society’s conceptions of basic human rights are constantly evolving. Lawyers and judges conceive of our Charter of Rights and Freedoms – which provides constitutional protection of many of our … Read more.

Ontario Residents in industrialized areas neglected by provincial air pollution laws

Last updated on June 22, 2020 Blog Post

Province must consider the cumulative effects of pollution in toxic “hot-spots” For many years, Ecojustice scientists and lawyers have been helping Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge fight to protect their … Read more.

It’s time for Ontario to strengthen its Environmental Bill of Rights

Last updated on June 25, 2020 Press Release

TORONTO — The David Suzuki Foundation and Ecojustice are urging Ontario’s government to stand up for Ontarians by strengthening the province’s Environmental Bill of Rights with a substantive right to … Read more.

Technical benzene standards: Why Ontario’s bait and switch approach puts people’s health at risk

Last updated on June 18, 2020 Blog Post

After more than a decade of development and public consultation, Ontario’s health-based air quality standard for benzene is set to become law on July 1, 2016.  But if some of … Read more.

Pollution, human health, and the right to breathe clean air

Last updated on March 22, 2017 Blog Post

National air quality standards could help Canadians recognize a basic human right: the right to breathe clean air. When we talk about human rights, we’re often talking about fundamental concepts … Read more.

Changing course in Chemical Valley

Last updated on June 17, 2020 Blog Post

Why we’re switching tactics in the fight to protect our clients from harmful pollution Five years ago, we helped our clients Ada Lockridge and Ron Plain of Aamjiwnaang First Nation … Read more.

Keeping with the environmental law times: Lessons to be learned from Manitoba’s Environmental Rights Act

Last updated on July 17, 2020 Blog Post

At 23 years old, Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 is in serious need of reform to bring it up to speed with legal developments in environmental law in Canada … Read more.

Charge laid against Shell Canada for refinery spill in “Chemical Valley”

Last updated on June 17, 2020 Blog Post

UPDATE 11/24/2015: Shell has pleaded guilty to the charges and has been ordered to pay $500,000, plus another $125,000 as a victim fine surcharge. The company has also been ordered … Read more.

Nova Scotia needs to step up on environmental rights

Last updated on July 17, 2020 Blog Post

UPDATE: We’re pleased to report that on May 5 2016, members of the Nova Scotia Legislature introduced an Environmental Rights bill. If it becomes law, the bill could improve water … Read more.

Environmental Racism: The first step is recognizing we have a problem

Last updated on July 23, 2020 Blog Post

New legislation in Nova Scotia is a big step in the right direction Last week, Bill 111, An Act to Address Environmental Racism, passed first reading in the Nova Scotia … Read more.

For too many in Ontario, unpolluted air is a luxury

Last updated on March 29, 2017 Blog Post

This week, a coalition of environmental and health groups, led by the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), sent a letter to Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Glen … Read more.

Injustice continues in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley

Last updated on June 18, 2020 Blog Post

I’ve known Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge, the two Aamjiwnaang First Nation members Ecojustice is representing in our Chemical Valley Charter challenge, for nearly a decade. I’ve sat with them … Read more.

Defending the rights of Chemical Valley residents – Charter Challenge

Last updated on August 12, 2021 Case

Ecojustice lawyers are representing 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.

How a Sarnia duo defended their right to fight for clean air

Last updated on July 2, 2020 Blog Post

Staff lawyer Justin Duncan updates you on the Chemical Valley Charter Challenge, which is working to protect an Ontario community from air pollution.

Lawsuit to protect Ont. families from industrial pollution in Chemical Valley being challenged by oil company

Last updated on November 20, 2012 Press Release

Ecojustice lawyers are in a Toronto court today to defend Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge’s right to challenge a decision by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment to permit pollution in Sarnia’s notorious industrial area, widely known as Chemical Valley.

Chemical Valley faces Canada’s Charter

Last updated on June 18, 2020 Press Release

Sarnia pollution violates health and basic human rights of residents.

Chemical Valley residents demand new law for Ontario’s Pollution Hot Spots

Last updated on June 18, 2020 Press Release

Application highlights need for new law to protect residents in Ontario’s pollution hotspots [January 30 2009]

Reproductive toxins discovered on Sarnia Reserve

Last updated on June 22, 2020 Press Release

Second Aamjiwnaang Bucket Brigade samples highlight problems with Canada’s pollution laws [April 10, 2008]

Report exposes Canada’s Chemical Valley

Last updated on June 22, 2020 Press Release

Ecojustice released an investigative report today documenting the staggering amount of air pollution released from industrial facilities in Canada’s Chemical Valley [October 4, 2007]

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