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The right to a healthy environment: Why now is Canada’s time to act
You are invited to a special Q&A session on how legal recognition of the right to a healthy environment can better protect the people and places we love.

In April, the federal government introduced a bill to modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, a cornerstone law intended to protect our communities and our bodies from dangerous pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals. If passed, Bill C-28 would also become the first federal law to recognize your right to a healthy environment.

Bill C-28 is Canada’s opportunity to catch up to the 156 UN member states that have already recognized the legal right to a healthy environment in their constitutions, laws, court decisions or regional treaties.

Join moderator and Ecojustice lawyer Caitlin Urquhart for this timely discussion with Dr. David Boyd (UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment), Dr. Elaine MacDonald (Ecojustice’s healthy communities program director) and Dr. Jane McArthur (toxics campaign director at the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment).

Together, we’ll explore what the right to a healthy environment means, why enshrining this right in Canadian law is urgent and necessary, and how it can impact the day-to-day lives and health of people living in Canada.

Jun 23, 2021 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. David Boyd
UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and environment, Associate Professor of Law @Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, UBC
David R. Boyd is an environmental lawyer and internationally renowned expert on human rights and the environment. He is the author of nine books on environmental issues, including The Right to a Healthy Environment: Revitalizing Canada’s Constitution.
Dr. Elaine MacDonald
Healthy communities program director @Ecojustice
Elaine MacDonald is a PhD level environmental engineer who applies her expertise to issues of air quality, water pollution and toxic substances, including pesticides. At Ecojustice, Elaine is challenging government to protect every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment, especially the most vulnerable.
Dr. Jane McArthur
Toxics Campaign Director @CAPE (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment)
Jane E. McArthur has a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Justice from the University of Windsor. She has 25 years of experience working on issues related to environmental and occupational health, rooted in community-based health research and advocacy with a view to prevention.