Press Releases

Groups Applaud Ontario Government for Introducing Strongest Endangered Species Legislation in Canada

Jan 13, 2010

MEDIA RELEASE – Today, Ontario’s leading environmental groups are welcoming the McGuinty Government’s introduction of the new Endangered Species Act in the Legislature. [March 20, 2007]

Environment Groups Sue to Block Federal Reliance on “Phantom” Mitigation for the Oil Sands

Jan 13, 2010

Sierra Legal, on behalf of a coalition of environmental organizations, filed an application yesterday for a Federal Court judicial review of the Joint Panel report assessing the Imperial Oil Kearl Oil Sands project north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. [March 30, 2007]

April Fools’ Day trade pact undermines measures to fight climate change

Jan 13, 2010

Key aspects of environmental regulation from municipal to provincial lawmaking will be turned upside down on April 1st when the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) comes into force. [March 30, 2007]

Report reveals ecological crisis in Ontario’s northern forests

Jan 13, 2010

Conservation groups responded to an alarming report released today that highlights a growing ecological crisis in Ontario’s Boreal Forest. [March 27, 2007]

FOI Commissioner rejects $173,000 fee for list of worst polluters

Jan 13, 2010

As the Government of British Columbia takes steps to further obstruct public access to information, Sierra Legal has won an important battle in its four-year fight to ensure that the Ministry of Environment does not cover up the identities—and emissions—of the province’s worst polluters. [April 23, 2007]

First global warming lawsuit launched against Canada

Jan 13, 2010

Friends of the Earth Canada has launched a landmark lawsuit today against the Government of Canada for abandoning its international commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. Filed in Federal Court in Ottawa by Canada’s largest environmental law organization, Sierra Legal, the lawsuit alleges that the federal government is violating Canadian law by failing to meet its binding international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [May 29, 2007]

Ontario Passes Best Endangered Species Act in the Country

Jan 13, 2010

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]

Federal Court hears case against BC open-pit copper and gold mine

Jan 13, 2010

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]

New research finds B.C.’s wildlife in serious peril

Jan 13, 2010

More than 1,300 plants and wildlife are at risk of disappearing from B.C., yet only five per cent of them receive any kind of protection under provincial laws, says a new study released today by the David Suzuki Foundation and Sierra Legal. [June 7, 2007]

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