December 2022 Bulletin

Wishing you a Wonderful Holiday Season

As December draws to a close, we wish you and your families all the best for a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

We are reflecting on this past year, and are grateful to each of you for your support – whether it’s following our work through our newsletter and website, supporting a petition or call-to-action, partnering on projects, or making a financial donation to the Canadian Environmental Law Foundation – you are a critical part of Canadian Environmental Law Association’s (CELA‘s) work to advance environmental justice. 

And most of all we thank our clients and their communities, who trust us to work toward healthier, safer homes and environments on their behalf.

With best wishes from all of us at CELA and the Foundation.

Law Commission Extends Public Comment Period on EBR Review

The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) has recently announced that the public comment period has been extended to January 13, 2023, in relation to its discussion paper on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). CELA‘s detailed submissions to the LCO will be posted on our website in our EBR collection prior to the new deadline.

We’ll Miss You Kerrie!

It is with very mixed feelings that we wish Kerrie Blaise well as she leaves CELA to pursue new opportunities this December. Starting as a volunteer in 2016, Kerrie soon began taking on initiatives, including a pilot project in 2018 that led to her position as Northern Services Counsel. Over the years, Kerrie has made an incredible contribution to CELA and the client communities we seek to serve. 

Notably, Kerrie was instrumental in several of CELA’s legal toolkits, including one for drinking water source protection in Indigenous communities and one for environmental equity, justice, and health in northern Ontario. With funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario, and working with the Asubpeeschoseewagong Anishinabek (ANA or Grassy Narrows First Nation) Land Protection Team, Kerrie led the development of a toolkit for Advancing Indigenous Rights through Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs). Kerrie has represented clients in legal challenges spanning issues from nuclear fuel licencing to drinking water protections to extractive activities.

Kerrie’s dedication to environmental law and social justice in northern Ontario is inspiring. Her work will have a lasting impact within CELA. We anticipate that she will, in her new endeavours, continue to provide legal services with the skill that we and her clients have come to expect and admire — and the environment will be better for it! We wish Kerrie all the best as she launches into her next adventures!

Webinars & Resources

Upcoming Webinar – Ban Plutonium Reprocessing in Canada
Thursday, January 19th, 7:00pm ET

Hosted by Nuclear Waste Watch and co-sponsored by a dozen organizations including CELA, this webinar is an opportunity to learn about the dangerous push for plutonium reprocessing by the nuclear industry in Canada, and why it must be stopped. The webinar is part of the Nuclear Waste Watch’s campaign to formally demand that Canada includes a ban on plutonium reprocessing in its radioactive waste policy.

Click here to register for the free webinar. Click here to learn more about Nuclear Waste Watch and the campaign to ban plutonium reprocessing.

Le bien-être environnemental de votre communauté – actions à entreprendre en 2023.
Date: le mercredi 25 janvier 2023
Heure: 13-14 h (EST) 

L’inscription est obligatoire pour ce webinaire gratuit

Joignez-vous à nous pour le webinaire « Le bien-être environnemental de votre communauté – actions à entreprendre en 2023 » présenté par l’Association canadienne du droit de l’environnement. Cette présentation soulignera les liens entre l’environnement, le bien-être et la résilience climatique sur un plan local.
La présentation offrira un survol de trois enjeux environnementaux ainsi que des actions concrètes dont vous pouvez entreprendre pour assurer le bien-être pour vous, votre communauté et l’environnement. En particulier, la présentation portera sur :
– comment réduire le plomb dans l’eau potable;
– comment améliorer la qualité de l’air locale, et;
– comment mieux protéger les personnes vulnérables contre les vagues de chaleur.

Soyez des nôtres ! L’inscription est obligatoire.

Looking for a Publication?

In addition to the search function on our website, all our publications are listed in reverse chronological order on our website here, or you can view a full list here.  Looking for an older publication?  CELA‘s archives contain all of CELA‘s documents up until 2017.

You might also be interested in perusing the library housed by the CELA Foundation.

The CELA Foundation website is also home to the Environmental History Program, which includes interesting projects such as Environmental Beginnings and all the publications from the former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.