Help Stop Ford Government’s Cuts to Canadian Environmental Law Association

Join the Day of Action this Tuesday, July 30th to reverse cuts to CELA

A Call-Out from the Canadian Environmental Law Association

Posted July 29th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Forward Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper-

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is moving to slash funding to the Canadian Environmental Law Association, a legal aid organization that helps everyday people fight polluters.

For almost 50 years, when individual citizens citizen groups have found themselves facing a David vs. Goliath battle with a large corporation operating in ways that is harmful or potentially harmful to the environment, the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has been there to represent those citizens and help level the tables of power.

In my earlier years as an environment reporter, I covered cases where CELA represented citizens groups like Pollution Probe and Operation Clean Niagara in launching court battles against  companies discharging toxic chemicals to the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

No wonder that  Ontario’s Ford government, so eager to pander to and please corporate donors,  has moved to slash CELA’s legal aid funding by as much as 17 per cent this year and 35 per cent next year.

Why would the Ford government, which has already moved to weaken environmental safeguards in many ways, want an organization like this helping citizens fight corporate polluters?

CELA and its dedicated legal staff have had a long and stories history in fighting for a cleaner environment, and that is why this veteran environmental reporter is posting this call for help from the organization. Please read on and click on the links below to send your message of support for CELA’s work to the powers that be in Ontario.

– Thanks for lending any support you can, Doug Draper)

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) is reaching out to friends and supporters to ask them to call on the Ontario government to reverse the cuts to legal aid, and CELA specifically, as part of a province-wide day of action on July 30.

As you know, the government of Ontario significantly reduced funding to Legal Aid Ontario in the last budget. Legal Aid Ontario has reduced CELA’s budget by approximately 30 per cent phased in over two years.

On July 30, please contact the following people to tell them how CELA has helped you and that you want to see the cuts to CELA and other legal aid clinics reversed:

•  Contact your MPP
Find your local MPP here. (Please contact us if you need assistance finding your MPP.)

• Contact Attorney General Doug Downey
attorneygeneral@ontario.ca or 705-726-5538

• Contact the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek
minister.mecp@ontario.ca or 416-314-6790

Join a local action

Legal aid clinics across the province are organizing actions on July 30. We invite you to join (and represent CELA!).

The Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario website will be continuously updated. If you don’t see an event close to you, let us know and we can find out what is being organized.

If you are planning to attend a local event, let us know if we can do anything to assist. And please send us pictures of the action!

We are so grateful for the messages of supports we’ve received so far and for the wonderful community we serve. Thank you for your support.

For more information, contact:
Jacqueline Wilson, Counsel
T: 416-960-2284 ext. 7213 / Toll-free: 1-844-755-1420
jacqueline@cela.ca

If you are planning to attend a local event, let us know if we can do anything to assist. And please send us pictures of the action!

We are so grateful for the messages of supports we’ve received so far and for the wonderful community we serve.

Thank you for your support.
For more information, contact:

Jacqueline T: 416-960-2284 ext. 7213 / Toll-free: 1-844-755-1420
jacqueline@cela.ca

For an earlier story posted on Niagara At Large on the cuts to CELA, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/06/14/ontarios-ford-government-continues-war-on-environment-by-slashing-legal-ad-funds-for-canadian-environmental-law-association-cela/ .

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