Environmental Law Toolkit Webinar Series: Richard Lindgren of CELA on Common Law Tools for Protecting the Environment
*A recording of the webinar will be made available to all those who register. The recording will only be available until September 30, 2019.
If Canadians suffer harm, loss or injury from pollution, civil litigation may be undertaken to obtain compensation, injunctions or other appropriate relief. In such cases, plaintiffs may rely upon various “torts” (civil wrongs) that have been developed by judges at common law. In addition, it may be open to plaintiffs to utilize statutory rights to sue that have been enacted by legislatures. The webinar will review the legal basis for suing polluters, discuss the types of court orders that may be requested, and examine the pros/cons of using civil actions to safeguard environmental and public health.
Richard Lindgren is a staff lawyer with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA). He represents citizens’ groups in the courts and before tribunals on various environmental issues, including air and water pollution, waste management, and natural heritage protection. He served as co-counsel for Walkerton residents at the Walkerton Inquiry, and has been a member of the Environment Minister’s Advisory Panel on Environmental Assessment; Environment Minister’s Task Force on the Environmental Bill of Rights; Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Class Action Reform; and Environmental Review Tribunal’s Client Advisory Committee. He is an editor of the Canadian Environmental Law Reports, and has taught environmental law at Queen’s Faculty of Law and Trent University.
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