Manitoba introduces Environmental Rights Act with Whistleblower rights

On March 2, 2016,  the Government of Manitoba introduced Bill 20, the Environmental Rights Act  , summarized at the Environmental Law Centre ( Alberta) blog .  The Act incorporates fundamental environmental law principles:  precautionary principle; polluter pays principle; principle of sustainable development; principle of intergenerational equity; and principle of environmental justice.  The Bill also includes  Employee Protection from Reprisals, which states that  “An employee who uses a measure set out in the Bill to protect the environment is protected from any reprisal from their employer. ”

Update:  The EcoJustice  blog, A Tale of Two Provinces highlights the many strengths of the Manitoba legislation, and compares the reforms with  Ontario’s  Environmental Bill of Rights.  However, with the election call in Manitoba, Bill 20 died on the Order Paper.  The Manitoba election will take place on April 19 – see CBC coverage here.

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