Ottawa, Ont. – Next Tuesday, members of civil society, First Nations and other impacted communities whose voices have been minimized or excluded from the Senate’s study of Bill C-69, will speak at a public hearing. The bill proposes amendments to three of Canada’s flagship environmental acts related to impact assessment, energy regulation and navigable waters.

Senate committees rarely travel to study draft legislation, but this spring the committee studying Bill C-69 travelled across the country to hear from Canadians. Senators heard largely from major industry players who have been pushing the Senate to roll back the environmental law reforms already passed by the House of Commons. Now the Senate committee has introduced nearly 200 amendments that will remove or significantly weaken environmental protections in the Bill.

The People’s Hearing on Canada’s Environmental Laws is a panel discussion about the importance of having strong impact reviews before shovels go in the ground. The hearing will draw from the experiences from local residents, First Nations, and environmental experts.

WHERE: Maple Room, Westin Hotel, 11 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa

WHEN: Tuesday, May 28, Noon – 1:30pm

Panelists and organizers will hold a 15 minute press availability starting at noon.

WHAT: Panel Discussion and Press Availability


  • Stephen Hazell, Nature Canada
  • Anna Johnston, West Coast Environmental Law
  • Lindsay Telfer, Freshwater Alliance
  • James Herbert, Manager of Regulatory Affairs, Gitxaala Nation
  • Ole Hendrickson, Concerned Citizens of Renfrew County and Area
  • Patricia Hennessey, Past-President of the Vankleek Hill and District Nature Society
  • Julia Levin, Environmental Defence

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

About the FRESHWATER ALLIANCE (https://www.freshwateralliance.ca/) The Freshwater Alliance, a project on the Tides Canada shared platform, inspires and supports a nation of freshwater guardians working for a future where all our waters are healthy and safe.

About NATURE CANADA (naturecanda.ca) Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Nature Canada represents a network of over 90,000 members and supporters and more than 750 nature organizations.

About WEST COAST ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (wcel.org) West Coast Environmental Law harnesses the power of law to solve complex environmental challenges. We are transforming environmental decision-making and strengthening legal protection for the environment through collaborative legal strategies that bridge Indigenous and Canadian law.


For more information or to arrange an interview:

Barbara Hayes, Communications Manager, Environmental Defence; bhayes@environmentaldefence.ca

Available for interviews in French

Karine Peloffy, legal counsel Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement, k.peloffy@gmail.com