In this webinar series, we explore how the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), our country’s main environmental legislation used to evaluate and manage substances, can be strengthened to protect vulnerable communities.
CELA Counsel Richard Lindgren lays out concerns about environmental law changes in Bill 197, focusing on proposed revisions to the Environmental Assessment Act. Article originally published in The Lawyers Daily.
Defending the health and prosperity of communities and the environment.
Law student Ryan Chawner's blog post focuses on law reform efforts in connection with the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, namely the intersection of toxic substances and environmental rights.
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.
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.