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‘They do not act:’ Another lawsuit seeks to force federal species protection

By Bob Weber
Canadian Press in the Western Star
February 11, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada

The federal government is facing more legal problems over an alleged and ongoing failure to enforce its own environmental laws. “This is a chronic problem with both Environment Canada and (Fisheries and Oceans),” said David Mayhood of the Timberwolf Wilderness Society. “They simply do not act until somebody takes them to court.” On Monday, the society filed an application in Federal Court to try to force Fisheries and Oceans Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to step in to protect the habitat of native cutthroat trout along the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. …It’s the latest in several similar attempts to get the federal government to follow its own legislation.  In late January, a lawsuit was filed to try to force Environment Canada to follow terms of the Species At Risk Act that require Ottawa to protect Alberta caribou herds after a study concluded the province has failed to do so. 

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