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Tainted science used to justify continued use of pesticide linked to cancer

“Monsanto papers” suggest some studies Canada used to okay glyphosate use were biased

OTTAWA – With the recent revelation that Monsanto allegedly manipulated studies on glyphosate, health and environmental groups are calling on the federal government to carefully consider the notorious “Monsanto papers” as it deliberates the future of the chemical’s use in Canada.

“Some of the studies and publications Health Canada relied on to approve the continued use of glyphosate in Canada have been implicated in alleged misconduct by the chemical giant, Monsanto,” said Dr. Elaine MacDonald, Healthy Communities director at Ecojustice. “The question now is whether Canada will choose to turn a blind eye to this fact and continue to rely on this research to justify exposing Canadians to products that could cause cancer.” Read more about Tainted science used to justify continued use of pesticide linked to cancer

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Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

CALGARY – Environmental groups say the Government of Canada is failing to meet its legal responsibilities by exempting tailings pond chemicals from a recent screening assessment.

In a comment letter sent to Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of Environmental Defence and Keepers of the Athabasca on Oct. 17, Ecojustice lawyers called on the government to reconsider naphthenic acids from oil sands process-affected water in assessing whether these chemicals should be regulated under law. Read more about Canada must assess toxicity of tailings pond chemicals, enviro groups argue

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Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, Ecojustice give testimony on question of Frontier oilsands mine

FORT MCMURRAY – Expert witnesses for the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, also known as OSEC, gave testimony Monday at a Joint Panel Review hearing on the Frontier Oil Sands Mine, a project that, if built, would be one of the largest oil sands mines ever developed.

“We have serious concern about the long-term economic viability of this project, and whether any economic benefits from this project are acceptable for Canadians in exchange for the carbon emissions this one project alone represents,” said Nikki Way, a fossil fuels analyst at Pembina. Read more about Oil Sands Environmental Coalition, Ecojustice give testimony on question of Frontier oilsands mine

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Job Opportunity: Program Director - Climate Change, Ecojustice

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Program Director - Climate Change
Application Deadline: 
27 Jul 2018

The Program Directors lead our program work in the following three areas: Climate Change, Nature, and Healthy Communities. Program Directors provide strong leadership across Ecojustice litigation and law reform priorities, coordinating with each other, with their program teams, and with other members of the Leadership Team to maximize organizational impact by inspiring precedent-setting litigation and taking other actions that strengthen and enforce Canada's environmental laws.

Reporting to the Executive Director and managing a cross-regional team of staff lawyers and scientists with subject matter expertise, the Program Director Climate Change leads strategy and oversees delivery of the Climate Change area of our work. This role works closely with the Program Director Nature and the Program Director - Healthy Communities. Read more about Job Opportunity: Program Director - Climate Change, Ecojustice

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Statement re: Federal Court decision on Maligne Lake legal challenge

EDMONTON – Conservation groups remain hopeful that a concept proposal for overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park will be stopped after a Federal Court ruling confirmed that proposals violating park management plans cannot be approved. Read more about Statement re: Federal Court decision on Maligne Lake legal challenge

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Conservation groups in court to defend Jasper National Park from further commercial development

Approval of concept plan to add overnight commercial accommodation at Maligne Lake threatens park protection, groups say

EDMONTON — Conservation groups are in court today to challenge Parks Canada’s approval of a concept plan to build overnight commercial accommodations at Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, alleging that it would undermine the law and set a dangerous precedent for protection of Canada’s national parks. Read more about Conservation groups in court to defend Jasper National Park from further commercial development

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Conservation groups cautiously optimistic about Greater sage-grouse announcement

EDMONTON – Conservation groups welcome the federal government’s announcement that it intends to introduce an emergency protection order for Canada’s endangered Greater sage-grouse, but they also caution that the devil will be in the details.  Read more about Conservation groups cautiously optimistic about Greater sage-grouse announcement

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Coalition calls on panel to reject Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion

CALGARY — With public hearings into a proposed oilsands mine expansion set to begin today, a coalition of environmental groups is calling on the joint federal-provincial review panel to reject the project.

Shell’s proposal to expand its Jackpine oilsands mine would increase production at the existing facility by 100,000 barrels per day. The company’s environmental assessment shows that expanding the Jackpine oilsands mine along with other planned developments will harm fish and wildlife, damage wetlands and old growth forests, exceed legally binding air quality limits and cause acid rain. It will leave a legacy of toxic waste buried in lakes, damage two significant rivers, and produce greenhouse gas pollution that will put Canada’s and Alberta’s climate targets further out of reach. Read more about Coalition calls on panel to reject Shell Jackpine oilsands mine expansion

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