The Castonguay case comes at an important time. It’s been a tough few years for environmental law. Three national laws that offered Canadians some of their most valuable environmental protections were stripped and defanged - the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and the Navigable Waters Protection Act. At the same time, the people responsible for giving meaning and force to the law (scientists and staff at places like the Department of Fisheries and Oceans) were systematically silenced, defunded, and fired. Provincially, government is shifting to a “self-regulation” process that means fewer officials looking out for you.
In the face of all these rollbacks, the Environmental Protection Act is more important than ever before. We’re honoured to have had an opportunity to be part of this historic case. Our counsel at CELA deserve much credit for their effort. And we thank our generous donors whose donations make our work possible.Castonguay castonguay, Supreme Court of Canada, Environment Hamilton, Canadian Environmental Law Association, Marmora, Environmental Protection Act