Trans Mountain approval in a climate emergency?

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Dear Paov,

What a month!

Canadians are scratching their heads at the disappointing federal decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline, only one day after declaring a climate emergency. Despite yesterday’s decision, the path forward for Trans Mountain will not be easy.

Meanwhile, as federal MPs and Senators wrap up this session in Parliament, we are watching environmental bills closely as they move towards the finish line.

More legal challenges ahead for Trans Mountain, lawyers say Yesterday we joined environmental groups and Indigenous nations from across Canada to condemn the federal government’s decision to re-approve Trans Mountain in the face of a global climate crisis. First Nations have plans to appeal the decision, and many experts and allies say the project will never be built. Support for Oil Tanker Moratorium Act has history on its side Bill C-48 – the Oil Tanker Moratorium Act – is now in the final stages before becoming law.

In this post, Staff Lawyer Gavin Smith looks back at the decades of efforts by Indigenous nations, northern communities, politicians and people throughout BC and Canada to protect the remote and ecologically unique Pacific north coast from risks posed by crude oil tankers.
Canada should stop opposing a UN ban on exporting waste to developing countries With the support of our EDRF legal aid fund, Kathleen Ruff sought a legal opinion on whether Canada’s export of waste to the Philippines violated international law. This opinion received global attention and played a key role in convincing the federal government to bring the toxic waste back to Canada.

In this guest post, Kathleen explains how Canada violated existing international obligations related to the shipment of waste – while working against a new ban on exporting toxic waste to developing countries.
Celebrating a wave of changes to Canada’s marine protection laws On June 8th, World Oceans Day, we celebrated a series of positive steps for ocean protection in Canada. From amendments to the Oceans Act to new marine protected areas (MPAs), these important strides will help maintain healthy oceans and marine ecosystems.

And just yesterday, Senators passed Bill C-68 – restoring critical legal protection for fish and fish habitat under the Fisheries Act. Special thanks to all our allies, federal Fisheries Ministers and others who have worked hard over the years to strengthen one of Canada’s oldest and most important environmental laws.
Senate playing with fire on environmental bills In this recent article, Executive Director & Senior Counsel Jessica Clogg and Staff Lawyer Anna Johnston reflect on the biased Senate Committee hearings on Bills C-48 and C-69.

By leaving out Indigenous nations, grassroots community groups and “everyday Canadians” – while prioritizing industry voices – the Senate Committee process undermined democracy and put these key environmental bills at risk.
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