Toronto, Ont. – It is shameful that the government of Ontario has moved to silence yet another critic by cutting funding to the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). CELA provides a vital public service of representing Ontarians who are seeking to protect the environment.
CELA represented the people of Walkerton when their well water was contaminated. They advocate for low-income Ontarians who struggle with affordable energy. And, critically, they help environmental advocates interpret changes to environmental laws and exercise their legal rights in protection of the environment. CELA has also contributed to shaping Canada’s and Ontario’s legal and policy landscape to help ensure that Ontarians have the protections they need and deserve with respect to a healthy environment.
CELA represented Environmental Defence in the carbon pricing reference case lodged by the Saskatchewan and Ontario governments. CELA’s continued intervention in these cases is critical, as low-income Canadians are most at risk from the impacts of climate change. It’s hard to believe that it’s a coincidence that the Ontario government is cutting funding to CELA at a time when CELA is engaged in a court case in opposition to the government, and when the Ontario government has moved to eviscerate environmental legislation and policy to favour developers over protecting citizen access to a clean and healthy environment.
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.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Allen Braude, Environmental Defence, abraude@environmentaldefence.