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We're in court to defend Ontario youth's right to a stable climate

This week, we were at the Court of Appeal for Ontario in support of seven youth who are suing the Ontario government over its weak climate target and plan. The youth are being represented by lawyers from Ecojustice and Stockwoods. Environmental Defence and West Coast Environmental Law, represented by West Coast lawyers Anna Johnson and Andrew Gage, are one of 11 groups of intervenors.

Three types of climate cases to watch out for in Canada in 2024

I’ve always been a sucker for lists of three (not sure why), so a recent American article on three climate cases to watch in the coming year got me thinking: what climate litigation can we expect in Canada in 2024, and what might they mean? 

I’ve cheated a bit: this post includes more than three cases, and some of them haven’t been filed yet. However, here are three types of cases which we should look for in the year ahead (i.e., before December 31, 2024):

Squamish votes 5-2 to support Sue Big Oil lawsuit

Squamish, BC, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw – The District of Squamish will be the third BC local government to support a class action lawsuit against fossil fuel companies after Council, sitting as Committee of the Whole, voted 5-2 to set aside funds in the 2025 budget for this purpose. 

West Coast Environmental Law, My Sea to Sky and other members of the Sue Big Oil campaign applauded Squamish’s climate leadership and its efforts to recover some of the tens of millions of dollars of harm that the fossil fuel industry is causing the community.