Ontario Judgment Upholds Citizen Access to Environmental Justice

CELA Bulletin


65: 19-June-2008

Periodic E-News from the Canadian Environmental Law Association

Ontario Judgment Upholds Citizen Access to Environmental Justice


On June 18, 2008, a three judge panel of Ontario’s Divisional Court unanimously dismissed a judicial review application by Lafarge Canada Inc. that was aimed at stopping a landmark hearing before the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT).  The precedent-setting judgment will greatly facilitate the exercise of public appeal rights available under the Environmental Bill of Rights, and it clears the way for the ERT to hold public hearings in the fall to scrutinize a proposal by Lafarge to burn tires, plastics and other wastes at its massive cement kiln near Bath, Ontario. In court and before the ERT, CELA is representing Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and Gordon Downie. View Media Release.

For more information, please contact:

Rick Lindgren, Counsel, CELA: 613-385-1686
Joe Castrilli, Counsel, CELA: 416-960-2284, ext.218

Bittersweet Milestone With Passage of Ontario Pesticide Law

CELA celebrates the passage of Bill 64 yesterday to ban the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides in Ontario. But, we strongly oppose the removal of municipal authority to also regulate in this area. CELA will be staying closely involved in the development of implementing regulations. View Media Release and on-line collection of materials on this topic.

For more information:
Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher, 705-341-2488 (cell)