Defending Nature: Tools to Impel Federal Action

Defending Nature

Defending local wild spaces and species from harmful industrial development and government policies is difficult. Provincial and municipal governments may not be concerned about the harm that is caused. Join Stephen Hazell, Nature Canada’s legal council, on June 17th at 2pm EST (3pm ADT) to learn about the various tools that nature groups, Indigenous communities and citizens can use to impel federal action to conserve and protect nature.

Is a mine, pipeline, industrial plant or divided highway that will damage wildlife habitat being proposed in your municipality? Is an existing industry continuing to pollute the air or local waters while governments turn a blind eye? Are migratory birds or species at risk being killed or harassed without permits? Is a local wetland proposed to be drained for farming or a subdivision? Has a federal agency decided not to enforce a conservation law?

Stephen Hazell, Nature Canada’s legal counsel, will help participants understand how federal agencies can be convinced to take action on these threats to nature.

Key tools to be discussed include:
  • Petitions for federal reviews of development projects under the Impact Assessment Act
  • Petitions to the parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Applications to list toxic substances under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
  • Judicial reviews of federal administrative decisions
  • Emergency orders under the Species at Risk Act
  • Petitions to the US-Canada-Mexico Commission for Environmental Cooperation for failure to enforce environmental laws

Proposed tools related to breaches of environmental rights set out in Bill C-28 will also be discussed.

Event Information

Event Date 17 June, 2021 3:00 pm
Event End Date 17-Jun-2021
Individual Price Free
Location Online/En ligne
Categories Webinars
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