Vancouver court challenge claims Canada failed to protect endangered birds

By Stefan Labbé
Vancouver is Awesome
November 1, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Canada’s federal government failed to properly protect more than two dozen threatened or endangered migratory bird species across the country — including the marbled murrelet, a seabird that nests in the coastal old-growth forests of British Columbia — lawyers argued at a Vancouver, B.C, federal court Wednesday. The case dates back to April 2022, when the Sierra Club BC and Wilderness Committee sued Environment and Climate Change Canada for what they say was an “unreasonable” interpretation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). …The court action represents an escalation of the two environmental groups’ efforts to protect critical marbled murrelet habitat. For two years leading up to the request for judicial review, they sent petitions and letters calling on the federal and B.C. governments to take action. When they failed, they turned to federal court, and will call on Justice Paul Crampton to render a decision over the coming months.

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