CELA works to protect human health and our environment by seeking justice for those harmed by pollution and by working to change policies to prevent such problems in the first place. For 40 years, CELA has used legal tools to increase environmental protection and safeguard communities. As a Legal Aid Clinic, our top priority is to represent low income individuals and communities and to speak out for those with less influence and who receive less of a say in decision-making.
Through landmark legal cases CELA has helped shape government and industry approaches to pollution and other environmental threats and has forced polluters to clean up their act. CELA has also been part of shaping innovative collaborations to improve sustainability and human health including the Low Income Energy Network, the Renewable is Doable group, the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment, the Water Guardians Network, and many more.
Please see the Our Services page for more information about whether your case meets our Legal Aid criteria or alternative sources of assistance. Currently, our policy change work is focused on five areas:
Plastic Microbeads in Consumer Products – Growing concern in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin
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Great Lakes pollution no longer driven by airborne sources; land, rivers now bigger factors • t.co/drdqEFVJ6T #GreatLakes
Why moving on #arsenic much needed in #Ontario - see CELA's blog by our intern posted last May t.co/6M3R5lLrt8
Comment on new #drinkingwater standards in #Ontario for #arsenic, #benzene and others by February 16 - EBR posting t.co/exLmMWadKV
RT @john__bennett: Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces first global maps of #co2 in #Earth's #atmosphere... t.co/Ql4PQGGc1E …
Touching blog post about a truly amazing person • John Jackson remembers Theo Colborn • t.co/BKSXH1o7SV