Remote Cree community expresses concern over land use planning process

By: Professor Dayna Nadine Scott, with Donna Ashamock (MoCreebec) and John Cutfeet (Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug). In February, we were invited to visit Peawanuck, a Cree community in northern Ontario near the shores of Hudson Bay.  Upon arrival, we were immediately struck by the evidence around us of people living off the land -- caribou hides and […]

Energizing the Nation to Nation Relationship: The Rise of Indigenous Participation in the Energy Industry

  By:Hina Farooqi In 2016, Canada officially adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.  One of the declaration’s principles states that signatories affirm that Indigenous control over developments affecting Indigenous lands and resources will strengthen their institutions. Each element of the declaration contributes to the overall goal of the reestablishment of […]

"A Major Disappointment": Osgoode Environmental Clinic Calls on Ministry to Improve Cumulative Effects Assessment Proposal

On November 9, 2017, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) released a proposal ("The Proposal") for a new policy for Cumulative Effects Assessment in air approvals posted to the Environmental Registry. The proposal is a response to years of pressure for the Ministry to take action against increasingly high levels of pollution […]

Is Canada becoming a safe haven for toxic chemicals? Triclosan exemplifies the Canadian Environmental Protection Act’s desperate need of reform

By: Cameron Smith  The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999  (“CEPA”) is currently under scrutiny. And while the Government’s response to a recent report by the House of Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development is not expected until the spring, many groups and experts are hoping for a major overhaul of the Act as it […]

The Growing Risks of Inadequate Climate Impact Assessment in Corporate and Financial Management

By: Jacklyn Tuckey There’s a new way that environmental groups, organizations and individuals are fighting climate change, and it centres around securities. The trend for decades has been for the majority of companies to more or less ignore climate change signals in order to chase the dollar. The problem lies in the facts they’ve been reluctant […]

Climate Change Lawsuits Are Here. Are You Ready?

This past March, the Environmental Justice & Sustainability clinic partnered with the York Research Chair in Environmental Law and Justice to present a free event on climate change lawsuits. Climate change lawsuits are proceeding in many jurisdictions and have begun to achieve major victories.  This is an important area of the law for both public interest […]

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 […]