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Advisory: Ontario Divisional Court to hear court challenge over weakened Endangered Species Act on Jan. 14 & 15

Five-lined skink © Noah Cole

Wednesday January 13, 2015

TORONTO – Ecojustice lawyers will appear in court this week to challenge a decision to gut species at risk legislation in Ontario.

The lawyers, representing Ontario Nature and Wildlands League, will argue that the Ontario government undermined the Endangered Species Act when it made Ontario Regulation 176/13. The regulation allows major industries, such as forestry and mining developments, to avoid strict standards intended to protect at-risk species and their habitats.

The groups are available immediately by phone and in person tomorrow morning on the Courthouse steps (or inside by Courtroom 3 if weather inclement) to describe the lawsuit and answer questions. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 3.

When: Wednesday, Jan. 14 @ 12 noon

Where: Ontario Divisional Court – Osgoode Hall (Courtroom 3)
130 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario


For more information, please contact:

  • Charles Hatt, Staff Lawyer | Ecojustice
    647.783.1934 (mobile)
  • John Hassell, Communications Manager | Ontario Nature
    416.786.2171 (mobile)
  • Anna Baggio, Director, Conservation Planning | Wildlands League
    416.453.3285 (mobile)