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MEDIA ADVISORY: Genetically Modified Salmon Goes to Court

MEDIA ADVISORY - November 13, 2015

 
OTTAWA — The Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society will be in Federal Court on Tuesday, November 17, to argue that the approval of genetically-modified (GM) Atlantic salmon should be overturned due non-compliance with one of Canada’s most important environmental laws.
 
Represented by lawyers from Ecojustice, the groups contend that the federal government contravened key provisions of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act when it granted approval to the company AquaBounty to manufacture GM salmon eggs. The plaintiffs are deeply concerned about the impact of GM salmon on wild Atlantic salmon which are at historically low numbers in many parts of Atlantic Canada and Quebec.
 
What: Federal Court hearing over the approval of genetically-modified Atlantic salmon
When: November 17th, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Supreme Court Building, Ottawa
 
EAC staff will be in front of the court house handing out information to pedestrians about what could be the world’s first GM food animal to receive approval for human consumption.
 
 
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For more information, please contact:
 
Mark Butler, Policy Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre 
(aussi disponible pour des entrevues en Français)
 
Scott McAnsh, Lawyer, Ecojustice 
613-194-1156 (cell) || smcansh@ecojustice.ca
 
Catharine Grant, Ecology Action Centre
 
Karen Wristen, Living Oceans Society
 
Background documents can be found at here.  

 

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