October 19, 2020
In response to the violence against Mi'kmaq that has followed the launch of Sipekne'katik First Nation's self-regulated lobster fishery, East Coast Environmental Law staff have addressed an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan, and Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller.
October 16, 2020
East Coast Environmental Law is pleased to share four new resources that are now available on our website.
Thanks to diligent assistance from our summer students and student volunteers, along with generous support from two local law foundations, we have added four new volumes to the East Coast Environmental Law Summary Series, addressing environmental impact assessment processes at the federal and provincial levels throughout Atlantic Canada.
Wherever you are in Atlantic Canada, one of our latest legal toolkits is for you:
Each toolkit offers an overview of the federal impact assessment regime under Canada's Impact Assessment Act, along with an overview of the provincial regime in question, highlighting key opportunities for public involvement in each process.
By enhancing public understanding of environmental assessment processes, we hope to help individuals, community groups, and others feel more empowered to contribute to those processes and make sure that they are as meaningful as possible.
Our work on Environmental Impact Assessment: A Legal Toolkit for Newfoundland and Labrador was generously supported by the Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and our work on Environmental Impact Assessment: A Legal Toolkit for Nova Scotia was generously supported by the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia. We are grateful to both institutions for their support.
October 6, 2020
Today, East Coast Environmental Law published a report entitled Protected on Paper Only: An Evaluation of New Brunswick’s Legal Obligations under the Species at Risk Act.
For several years, East Coast Environmental Law has been assessing the Government of New Brunswick’s compliance with New Brunswick’s Species at Risk Act, and our research demonstrates a disturbing pattern in which the provincial government has failed to meet its legal obligations under its own law.
Processes that were designed to protect many of the province’s most at-risk species are not being followed, and government transparency is sorely lacking. The Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development has failed to ensure that the most basic steps to assess, manage, and recover species at risk are completed for all of the species that require such assessments and plans by law. Additionally, New Brunswick’s public registry of species at risk has not been updated in over seven years, making it very difficult for members of the public to hold the government to account.
East Coast Environmental Law is very concerned that the Government of New Brunswick’s failures to meet its legal obligations under the Species at Risk Act illustrate a systemic failure to recognize the critical importance of protecting biodiversity at a time when scientists are telling us that global biodiversity has declined by 68 percent among monitored species since 1970.
We are calling on the Minister of Natural Resources and Energy Development to take immediate action to comply with the Act, including by appointing members to the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk, completing outstanding feasibility of recovery assessments, management plans, recovery strategies, and protection assessments, and updating the public registry of species at risk.
For more information, please contact:
Lisa Mitchell [email protected]
Executive Director 902-670-1113
East Coast Environmental Law