#Ontario; #SofteningEmissionsReductionTargets; #StockwoodsLLP, #Ecojustice,
Ottawa, Nov 26 (Canadian-Media): The Province of Ontario is being sued over climate change inaction by young Ontarians arguing that by softening emissions reduction targets, the Ford government has violated Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which promises protection for life, liberty and security of the person, media reports said.
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This is the first lawsuit filed against a Canadian province over climate inaction and its claims in the lawsuit have not been proven in court.
The applicants represented by Stockwoods LLP and Ecojustice, a group that specializes in public interest lawsuits in the name of environmental protection , range from age 12 to 24 and represent a growing trend of young people across the globe suing governments over perceived inaction on climate change.
A similar lawsuit had been launched against the federal government by more than a dozen young Canadians earlier this year.
Similar lawsuits had been launched in the U.S. and the Netherlands, with varying degrees of success.
"Any government that is failing to address the climate emergency in a meaningful way can expect to face litigation of this nature," said Alan Andrews, climate director at Ecojustice.
The group's focus of the lawsuit is on the Ford government's decision to scale back emission targets set by the Liberals in 2015.
The Ford government's plans, to leverage Ontario's private sector to develop green technology, and its new climate strategy will keep the province on track to meet Paris Agreement warming targets, were considered by the young people that increasing urgency of climate change is being ignored.
The result of the challenge is not yet decided, but Ecojustice recently scored a mild victory against the province over the cancellation of the cap-and-trade program when a three judge panel determined the Ford government broke the law by scrapping the program .
#Victoria, #BreachOfCanadianAndB.C.PrivacyLaws; #VictoriaBasedAggregateIQDataServices
Victoria, B.C., Nov 26 (Canadian-Media): According to a newly released report by the B.C. and federal privacy commissioners, there was a breach of Canadian and B.C. privacy laws in Victoria-based AggregateIQ (AIQ) Data Services while it worked on behalf of the pro-Brexit Vote Leave campaign, media reports said.
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The breach of laws were found in AIQ's failure to obtain proper consent, said the report, when processing the personal information of Vote Leave supporters as well in works on various U.S. campaigns it was contracted to work on.
A third breach the company reported to the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner was AIQ's failure to take necessary security measures to ensure the security of the personal information under its control from unauthorized access or disclosure.
A press conference would be held by Michael McEvoy, B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner and Daniel Therrien, Privacy Commissioner of Canada to discuss the findings.
Findings of investigation into AggregateIQ linked to an alleged scheme by a pro-Brexit group to circumvent British campaign finance laws was released by Federal and provincial privacy commissioners.
#TorontoPolice; #AWeekLongSafetyCampaignLaunched; #Big4DriverBehaviours
Toronto, Nov 4 (Canadian-Media): A week-long safety campaign was launched by Toronto police Monday realizing that the week after the switch back to standard time is typically a dangerous one for pedestrians, media reports said.
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Big 4 driver behaviours, Speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving and aggressive driving, are known to injure pedestrians and Police said there will be no tolerance for excuses.
Police said that from 2014 to 2018, 40 percent of all pedestrian collisions happened mid-block while 27 percent of these took place when a driver was turning left at a signalized intersection.,
So far this year, more than 50 people have been killed on the city’s streets. Thirty of these victims were pedestrians, while more than 80 percent of these victims were 55 years old or older.
Focus of the campaign will also be on how pedestrians can keep themselves safe.