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Media Releases

  • January 20, 2014
    Environmental groups want a court to decide if the federal government violated its own law by permitting the manufacture of genetically modified salmon in Canada. “Canadians expect their government to implement, not ignore, the laws that protect our ecosystems from harm,” said Tanya Nayler, one of the Ecojustice lawyers representing Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society. “By granting approval for this genetically modified species without obtaining all the legally required information, the government has failed to meet their legal obligation.”
  • January 16, 2014
    SOINTULA, B.C.—The federal government is acting in secrecy to expand salmon farms on the British Columbia coast without public input, according to Living Oceans Society. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans continues to drag its heels on releasing information, even in response to Access to Information Requests, effectively shutting out public scrutiny of its handling of salmon farms.
  • January 16, 2014
    VANCOUVER—Environmental groups have launched a lawsuit to block Cabinet approval of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The Joint Review Panel’s (JRP) final report, the groups say, is based on insufficient evidence and does not satisfy the environmental assessment process.
  • December 20, 2013
    Vancouver, B.C.—First Nations, environmentalists and representatives from northern communities held a press conference today in response to the 209 conditions on the Enbridge pipeline announced yesterday by the Joint Review Panel (JRP). “The JRP’s conditions are so flawed they are to be ridiculed,” said Gerald Amos, Chair of the Wild Salmon Coalition, introducing today’s session. “They do nothing to protect communities, the land, and the ocean from a catastrophic oil spill, and the people of B.C. will not let this pipeline be built.”
  • December 19, 2013
    CALGARY, ALTA.—The Joint Review Panel’s recommendation to approve the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline is a major setback for science and democracy in Canada, Ecojustice lawyers said today. “We submitted hundreds of pages of scientific evidence on behalf of our clients that lead to one emphatic conclusion: The Northern Gateway pipeline is an unsafe, unsustainable and unnecessary project, and it does not serve the national interest of this country,” said Ecojustice staff lawyer Barry Robinson.
  • December 3, 2013
    VANCOUVER, B.C.─The Tanker Safety Report, released today, fails to identify some key aspects of the nation’s state of preparedness to deal with the massive increase in supertanker traffic proposed for Canada’s west coast, according to Living Oceans Society’s Executive Director, Karen Wristen.
  • November 5, 2013
    VANCOUVER—Living Oceans reacted to the breaking news of the “deal” between Premiers Christy Clark and Alison Redford with disappointment, but no alarm.
  • October 10, 2013
    Living Oceans welcomes the report of Nuka Research into Canada’s ability to prevent or deal with an oil spill off the west coast of British Columbia, released today by the B.C. Government.
  • July 8, 2013
    Media Release | Environmental groups are calling on the federal government to enquire into the safety of moving unconventional oils in the aftermath of the train derailment in Lac-Mégantic.