CEPA Review and Updates on the Right to a Healthy Environment
Here at ECELAW we are still working hard to ensure that Atlantic Canadians have legal rights to a healthy environment. In April, the Nova Scotia Environmental Rights Working Group launched a draft Environmental Bill of Rights for Nova Scotia, which calls for the recognition that everyone in the province should have legal access to a healthy environment. The Bill also expresses the unique concerns of traditionally marginalized or vulnerable groups in relation to Environmental Justice. As we celebrate this impressive achievement, we continue to work with Environmental Rights Working Groups in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, and we are excited to see what those collaborations produce.
June saw a review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, which recommended that CEPA’s Preamble should state explicitly that Canadians have a right to a healthy environment, and that legislation in Canada should reflect that right. These recommendations align with ECELAW’s work across Atlantic Canada to fight for environmental rights and environmental justice, and we look forward to seeing how the panel’s recommendations are addressed.