Ecojustice Blog – Nature Posted on December 6, 2016 (updated: March 29, 2017)

We’re going to court to protect Ontario’s North

Devon PageLawyer
Photo of a treeline and sun coming through the clouds over the edge of the Attawapiskat River.
Photo by Wildlands League

We have some exciting news to share.

This week, we helped our clients, Wildlands League, launch a private prosecution against De Beers Canada for failing to fully report levels of methylmercury downstream from its Victor Mine operation in Northern Ontario.

Methylmercury is a known neurotoxin that can threaten the health of aquatic life and humans. We need to ensure that there is proper environmental reporting when it comes to this dangerous toxin.

That’s why when Wildlands League alerted the province and De Beers to gaps in the company’s monitoring program and but no charges were laid, we knew it was time to take action. 

Victor Mine is nearing the end of its life, but there are prospects for future developments in this globally significant Northern wetland. We need to make sure that all development projects abide by environmental reporting requirements. The health of nearby communities and the environment depend on it.

The last time we launched a private prosecution, when 1,600 ducks died after landing on a Syncrude tailings pond, it led to the largest fine for an environmental crime in Canadian history.

With your support, we’re going to make sure De Beers is held accountable.

Please donate today to help us hold industry accountable for proper oversight of northern development.

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