Youth bring constitutional challenge to Ontarios highest court

By Jacqueline St. Pierre  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter SUDBURY — Seven young people across Ontario have brought a climate-related challenge to the Superior Court, aiming to hold the government accountable for perceived human rights violations. This case aligns with a global trend where youth are taking legal action against governments for alleged human rights breaches and inadequate responses to the climate crisis. Supported by the environmental law charity EcoJustice, the group’s case was presented before the Court of Appeal for Ontario on January 15. This follows a previous dismissal of their constitutional challenge in April 2023, where a judge acknowledged that the province’s emissions reduction plan did not align with current scientific standards. The case can be traced back to 2018 when Ontario’s newly elected Progressive Conservative government repealed the…

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