January 13, 2015 – TORONTO — Ecojustice lawyers will appear in court this week to challenge a decision to gut endangered species legislation in Ontario.

The lawyers, representing Ontario Nature and Wildlands League, will argue that the Ontario government acted unlawfully when it made Ontario Regulation 176/13. The regulation exempts major industries, such as forestry and mining developments, from strict protections for at-risk species and their habitat that would normally apply under the Endangered Species Act.

When: The hearing begins tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m.and is scheduled for a day and a half.

Where: Ontario Divisional Court – Osgoode Hall (Courtroom 3). 130 Queen St. West, Toronto, Ontario.

Ecojustice lawyers and their clients are available to comment. They will also be available by phone and at the courthouse tomorrow morning before the hearing, during breaks and at the end of the hearing.


  • Charles Hatt, Staff Lawyer | Ecojustice 647.783.1934 (mobile)
  • John Hassell, Communications Manager | Ontario Nature 416.786.2171 (mobile)
  • Anna Baggio, Director, Conservation Planning | Wildlands League 416.453.3285 (mobile)

– See more at: http://www.ecojustice.ca/media-centre/press-releases/court-to-hear-challenge-over-weakened-endangered-species-act-jan.-14-15#sthash.x7JekAyf.dpuf

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