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Upstream Threats to a New IPCA Announced at COP15

Osgoode’s Environmental Justice & Sustainability Clinic student Lo Stevenson also attended the Conference of the Parties (COP15) for the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal last month. In Lo’s recent blog, they argue that area-based conservation should proceed at the watershed level to protect critical habitats from upstream effects: As negotiations draw to a close […]

COP15: 'Kick Out Environmentalists and Industry': Small Scale Fisheries, Conservation Economies, and Human Rights in the Convention of Biological Diversity

In Emma’s complimentary blog after attending COP15 for the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal, she discusses the tension between environmental goals and economic goals, alongside the need for conservation economies in the context of the Convention of Biological Diversity: Environmental goals regularly bump up against the realities of economic demand and governmental pushes for […]

COP15: Article 8(j) and Quality vs Quantity in 30x30

Osgoode’s Environmental Justice & Sustainability Clinic student Emma Workman attended the Conference of the Parties (COP15) for the Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal last month. In Emma’s recent blog, she examines Indigenous Peoples’ role in achieving area-based conservation goals around 30x30: At the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), […]

The Underbelly of the Beast: Financing of Fossil Fuel Industry

By Gwenyth Wren Image Source: The Guardian In recent years there has been increasing intense scrutiny of high emitting industries, such as fossil fuel corporations, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, to effectively get to the root of the problem we need to turn our attention to another set of actors who are […]

Better Cover Your Ash

Conflicts in protecting the Black Ash with Bill 108 By Rebecca Murray Background: On June 6th, 2019, the Conservative-led Ontario government passed the More Homes, More Choice Act, AKA Bill 108. This bill was promoted as a response to the housing affordability crisis facing the province. It made a number of amendments to various different […]

It’s past time to act on environmental racism

A recently proposed federal bill could lead to the development of a national strategy to address environmental racism. But a quicker path to urgently needed reform might already exist. by Matthew Green What is environmental racism? In Canada, it looks like the ongoing failure to remediate the Wabigoon River in Grassy Narrows First Nation, where […]

Trespassing on the Right to Housing: A human rights analysis of the City of Toronto's response to encampments during COVID-19

This report reviews the legal dimensions of Toronto’s approach to encampments during the first three waves of the COVID-19 pandemic and measures the City’s response to encampments against its human rights obligations to encampment residents as specified in international and domestic law, the National Housing Strategy Act, and A National Protocol for Homeless Encampments in […]