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Vexatious Litigants and Climate Saviours: Resolute Forest Products v Greenpeace Canada

In 2013, Resolute Forest Products (“Resolute”) filed a $7 million claim against Greenpeace Canada for defamation and intentional interference with economic relations. While initially, Resolute attempted to bring into question the activities of Greenpeace worldwide over the past 40 years, Justice Pierce of the Ontario Superior Court noted in his 2015 ruling that if the litigation […]

Cutting through the static: Understanding Ontario’s Electricity Prices

By Jennifer Evola The high cost of electricity has recently re-emerged as a hot-button issue in Ontario, with headlines like “Ontario electricity has never been cheaper, but bills have never been higher” and “Why does Ontario’s electricity cost so much?”.  Premier Wynne has been called on to reduce ever-increasing electricity rates, among a slew of […]

Sipping Pumpkin Spice Lattes in Summer Clothes: Disrupting Complacency About Climate Change

By Sarah Jane Attardo It was an early October weekend when I scurried outside with my jacket in hand heading towards the closest Starbucks to acquire my coveted seasonal beverage – a pumpkin spice latte. While in line, a sudden realization dawned upon me: it was a very agreeable 18°C outdoors and yet here we […]

Indigenous jurisdiction over the environment in next-generation federal environmental assessment

By Jacqui Hebert In 2012, Steven Harper’s Conservative government “streamlined” the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) to promote “responsible resource development”. Critics said the amendments created a “carte blanche” for big energy companies and put a stranglehold on public participation. Under current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change has been […]

Creating Space for Environmental Justice: The importance of Youth Participation

By Pearl Lee Today, about 1.8 billion young people (aged 10 to 24) make up one quarter of the world’s population. These are the people who will be the decision makers of the future, shaping the way that our social, political, and economic structures tackle environmental issues. Yet too many of these youth still grapple […]

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne Saxe, to speak at York University

The Osgoode Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic is pleased to co-present a public lecture by Dianne Saxe, renowned environmental lawyer and Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), on Monday, September 19, 3:30-4:30 pm, at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Room 2003. RSVP is required. Dianne will speak on "Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights: A Toolkit for Change." Dianne […]

Access to justice through public legal education

Creating an environmental law workshop to encourage public participation in environmental decision-making     Access to justice is a recurring theme throughout law school. Through coursework, extracurricular activities, and Osgoode’s Public Interest Requirement, we are introduced to our role as lawyers both within and outside the courtroom and how it implicates access to justice for the clients […]