Monthly Archives: January 2019

Discussion with ECO Commissioner, Dr. Dianne Saxe

Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), a tough but fair watchdog over Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR). Prior to her appointment in 2015, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. She has 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s […]

Mikisew Cree First Nation v Canada: a missed opportunity on the path toward reconciliation

By Yvonne Mazurak The Crown has a legal obligation to consult with Indigenous peoples when its actions may negatively affect their constitutionally-protected rights. This duty to consult and accommodate was established by Haida Nation v British Columbia and is based on the principle of the honour of the Crown, which requires the Crown to act […]

Can a National Park And Its Trees And Animals Have Rights? Yes! Argues Maliseet Grand Council

By: Christina Persaud The Maliseet put forth a novel “Rights of Nature” argument, opposing Mount Carleton Snowmobile Hub In July 2015, the Government of New Brunswick announced plans to build a $1.4M snowmobile grooming hub at Mount Carleton Provincial Park. The motivation for developing this infrastructure is to promote the tourism sector, increasing the number […]