MEDIA RELEASE – Five of Canada’s most respected environmental groups are headed back to federal court to challenge Environment Minister Rona Ambrose’s refusal to protect Canada’s most endangered bird, the Northern spotted owl, under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The groups have filed an application for a judicial review of the Minister’s decision and are seeking a court order to overturn it.
Today, Ontario’s leading environmental organizations are hailing Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act as the best in the country. The new law balances a strong, science-based approach to protecting endangered plants and animals with the flexibility needed to address socio-economic concerns. [May 16, 2007]
In a case that could have far-reaching consequences, lawyers from Sierra Legal will tell a Federal Court judge tomorrow that development of a large open-pit mine in northern British Columbia should not go ahead until the project has undergone a comprehensive environmental assessment. The Red Chris Mine would turn creek headwaters into a tailings waste dump, destroying fish habitat and risking contamination of the Stikine watershed in northwestern BC. [June 18, 2007]
Following a Federal Court decision on September 25, 2007, the future of the proposed Red Chris Mine – a huge acid-generating mine proposed for northwestern British Columbia – has been put in doubt. [October 5, 2007]
Environmental groups are celebrating a decision by Sumas Energy 2 to not appeal the Federal Court of Appeal decision rejecting the company’s proposal to build a power line from across the American border into BC’s Fraser Valley [January 6, 2006]
Groups demand regulatory overhaul [June 17, 2008]
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