NO FLY ZONE SPEAKER: GENERATION CLIMATE ACTION: THE YOUTH-LED CHARTER CASE AGAINST ONTARIO
Centre for the Law and the Environment Assistant
Mar 13, 2023
Mathur, et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario was a ground breaking lawsuit launched by seven young climate leaders, challenging the Ontario government for weakening its climate targets. Claimants alleged the government's decision will lead to widespread illness and death, violating Ontarians’ Charter-protected rights to life, liberty, and security of the person.
On April 15, 2020, the government filed a motion to strike the case, arguing it should not proceed to a full hearing. The youth applicants countered this motion in July 2020, arguing that they deserved their day in Court. This led to a historic win. For the first time in Canadian history, a court recognized that climate change has the potential to violate Charter rights and gave the youth the greenlight to move ahead to a full hearing. The Ontario government's motion to overturn this ruling was dismissed, making Mathur et. al. the first case of its kind to clear key procedural hurdles and proceeded to a full hearing before Ontario Superior Court on September 12-14, 2022.
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