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In Their Own Words: Plaintiffs & Their Lawyers Speak About Youth Climate Cases, Part 1 – Mathur v Ontario
January 24 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pmFree
The Centre for Law and the Environment’s four-part series, In Their Own Words: Plaintiffs and Their Lawyers Speak About Leading Youth Climate Cases, covers four leading cases from Canada and the US in which youth are demanding climate accountability and action from their government. Each session in the series will delve into a particular case and attendees will get to learn about the case from one of the youth plaintiffs and one of their lawyers. The speakers will join virtually. Audience can join the session in person at Allard Hall (with free lunch included) or join the webinar virtually.
About Mathur et. Al. v. His Majesty the King in Right of Ontario
In November 2019, seven young climate leaders launched a legal challenge against the Ontario government’s decision to significantly weaken the province’s 2030 climate target, arguing that Ontario’s decision violates youth and future generations’ rights to life, security of the person, and equality protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The case has achieved multiple “firsts.” In November 2020, a court recognized for the first time in Canadian history that climate change has the potential to violate Charter rights, giving the youth the green light to move forward to a full hearing. In September 2022, Mathur became the first children’s climate case in the world to be considered on the merits, on the basis of a full evidentiary record. In April 2023 it became the first such case to be decided after a full hearing of the evidence. While Justice Vermette of the Ontario Superior Court ultimately dismissed the case, she made several key rulings in the applicants’ favour.
The applicants’ appeal is scheduled to be heard by the Ontario Court of Appeal on January 15 and 16, 2024. On appeal, the applicants intend to show that Ontario is not just failing to act on climate change but actively causing the increased risk of harm and death to Ontarians.
Please register via the event link if you’d like to attend either via zoom or in person at Allard Hall.
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