CELA Executive Director Theresa McClenaghan takes a big picture look at CELA’s history and contributions to environmental and social justice as we continue to celebrate our 50th Anniversary year. Article originally published in The Lawyer’s Daily.
Leading public interest organizations provided a bilingual briefing session for parliamentarians and the media on a suite of controversial “regulatory documents” from Canada’s nuclear regulatory agency.
CELA commends the province’s decision to reinstate Ontarians’ environmental rights and thank everyone who voiced support for EBR and a right to a healthful environment.
CELA is hosting a 3-part webinar series with Gary Pritchard of Cambium Aboriginal about how to work effectively and meaningfully with Indigenous communities.
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CELA is a non-profit specialty legal aid clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario. We work to protect human health and our environment by seeking justice for those harmed by pollution and by working to change policies to prevent such problems in the first place.
CELA's Latest Activities
CELA’s Response to Ontario’s Proposed EA Changes – Preliminary analysis by Richard D. Lindgren, CELA Counsel
Celebrating CELA’s 50th Anniversary; Focus on the indoor environment – where toxic exposures can be up close and personal.
CELA responds to the province’s proposal to extend the forestry sector’s exemption to the Endangered Species Act.
Positive amendments to the Legal Aid Services Act portion of the Bill added promotion by clinics of access to justice and responsiveness to the needs of low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario. Amendments to the Class Proceedings Act did not correct areas of concern thus increasing the difficulty to certify any class actions in Ontario, particularly in relation to environmental claims.
Q&A with CELA’s legal intern, Diane Hwang
Access to affordable and safe housing is among the key challenges and social inequities revealed by the COVID pandemic. Calls for a just and green recovery need to include extending environmental protection to the indoor environment.
CELA has joined dozens of legal clinics and other social justice organizations in signing onto this letter prepared by ACTO (Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario) regarding Bill 184, Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Communities Housing Act
Two webinars focused on the growing threat of PFAS in the Great Lakes basin.
All pesticide use carries risk but important differences exist in how pesticides behave indoors and in how they are regulated. Choices exist for lower risk alternatives alongside prevention.