Supreme Court to Hear Peel Case

Today, great news from CPAWS-Yukon:

“Months of waiting were put to an end today when the Supreme Court of Canada announced that our leave to appeal has been granted and the Peel Watershed case will be heard. The decision to hear our case in Canada’s highest court confirms that the future of the Peel is of national importance and that the November 2015 ruling of the Court of Appeal to roll back the clock on the land use planning process requires a second look.”

“Chris Rider, Executive Director of CPAWS Yukon, stated: “The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to hear this case shows that it recognizes the value of the Peel Watershed. It is a treasure of international significance and it deserves protection. Beyond this, the final ruling will set a precedent for all future land use planning in the Yukon.”

“Thomas R. Berger will be representing our case to the Supreme Court, arguing that the Yukon Court of Appeal’s ruling was a mistake in the interpretation of the Final Agreements and that the original judgment from Justice Ron Veale should be reinstated. Justice Veale had decreed that the planning process be sent back to the final stage, which would have prevented the Yukon Government from adopting its closed-door plan – one that would open up 71% of the Peel to development. While the Court of Appeal partially upheld Veale’s judgment, it directed the process to re-start from 2010, providing an opening for the government to significantly reduce the level of protection from the 80% recommended by the Planning Commission.”

“The Supreme Court has yet to announce when the case will be heard, but it is likely to be in 2017.”

“In tandem with the announcement, today we are launching the Peel Pledge, a way for Yukoners and all Canadians to stand with First Nations and environmental groups and show their support for Peel protection.”

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See also the related story in the Yukon News


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Wild Rivers of the Yukon’s Peel Watershed: A Traveller’s Guide

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