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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 […]

EJS Clinic co-director David Estrin to co-host special climate change litigation events in Oslo

  On June 21, 2016, EJS Clinic co-director and CIGI International Law Research Program Senior Research Fellow David Estrin will co-host two special side events on climate change litigation at the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law's annual Colloquium in Oslo, Norway. If you will be in Oslo, check out these important events! Access to Justice in […]

Empowering Youth and Communities through Public Legal Education

I had the honour of interacting with youth from many parts of the world during my extensive teaching and summer camp experience prior to attending law school. I carried my teaching experience forward as a volunteer with the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) program, which seeks to “provide a positive and engaging exposure to […]

Putting Pipelines to the Test: Incorporating Climate Impacts into the Pipeline Review Process

On January 27 2016, the Liberal Government announced that oil and gas projects under federal jurisdiction will now involve an assessment of upstream greenhouse gas emissions and this information will be made public.  “Upstream” effects refer to GHG emissions from oil and gas exploration and production. For projects currently under review, including Trans Mountain Expansion […]

Downstream Emissions in Canada’s New Environmental Assessment “Climate Test”

In late January 2016, Canada’s federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and Minister of Natural Resources, Jim Carr, announced interim changes to environmental assessment processes as part of “efforts to restore public trust.” One of the changes is to assess “[d]irect and upstream greenhouse gas emissions linked to projects under review.” This is a […]

Climate Change Risk Disclosure: A Disruptive Idea

What can a simple sticker possibly do to counter the systemic and intricate causes of climate change? The answer appears to be “lots!” for the right sticker at the right place. As part of the Osgoode Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic, I have had the honour of working with the non-profit organization Our Horizon this year. […]