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The Right to a Healthy Environment is not Protected by Law...

...and many Atlantic Canadians have had to learn this the hard way. Just ask Marlene Brown of Harrietsfield, who has recently laid charges against polluters in her community, a first for Nova Scotia. ECELAW has been working hard to help enforce the laws that are already in place as well as create new laws to ensure the protection of our communities and natural environment.

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Support the Nova Scotia Environmental Bill of Rights

Nova Scotians are often left in the lurch when it comes to industrial pollution and other environmental degradation impacting their communities. Without a legal right to a healthy environment, community members find their concerns falling on deaf ears. This is where you come in.


We are asking citizens from across Nova Scotia to demand the right to a healthy environment be enshrined in and protected by law.

If you can spare 10 minutes of your time, please follow the link below and send a letter to your local candidate asking them to support the environmental bill of rights put forth by the Nova Scotia Environmental Rights Working Group (NSERWG). We have created a template that you can copy into your web browser to help simplify the process.

LINK: You can access the letter here.

Thank you for supporting the Nova Scotia Environmental Bill of Rights!

Harrietsfield Resident Lays Charges in Contaminated Drinking Water Case


In a first for Nova Scotia, Harrietsfield resident Marlene Brown is laying charges on April 26th, 2017 as a private prosecutor under the Environment Act.

Brown and other Harrietsfield residents have suffered from contaminated drinking water for more than a decade. Despite Ministerial Orders against the companies and individuals responsible for the contamination, nothing has been done to remediate the site

“I’m frustrated by the lack of action on part of the companies who are supposed to clean up this site,” says Brown. “And I’m frustrated by the lack of action on part of the government to enforce environmental laws and to enforce their own Ministerial Orders against those who are responsible for this suffering.”


EVENT: Election 2017 Environmental Issues Debate

Elections are a time to discuss opportunities and take leadership. 

Together with Sierra Club Canada Atlantic Chapter and Ecology Action Centre, ECELAW is presenting a public environmental issues debate.

On Thursday, May 16th, candidates for Nova Scotia's 2017 provincial election will be debating key environmental issues.

Event Details
May 16, 2017 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM
6350 Coburg Rd., University of King’s College
New Academic Building, Alumni Hall
RSVP via Facebook

FYI - Tune in to CBC Radio's Information Morning on Tuesday, May 16th at 8:00am to hear ECELAW's Lisa Mitchell discuss the upcoming debate.

Summer Student Job: Outreach and Communications Coordinator

The East Coast Environmental Law Association (ECELAW) invites applications for a paid 10-week Summer Student position to be held between June 5th and August 11th, 2017. The successful applicant will act as ECELAW’s Outreach and Communications Coordinator throughout the employment term, and will work to enhance the organization’s public education programming by designing environmental law clinics for Atlantic Canadian communities.


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About ECELAW: East Coast Environmental Law (ECELAW) is Atlantic Canada’s only public-interest environmental law charity. Our mission is to encourage the development and fair application of innovative and effective environmental laws in Atlantic Canada by increasing public awareness, educating future environmental law professionals and collaborating with the public, stakeholders, and government.

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