Posted by: Bob Payne | April 28, 2011

Fisheries and Oceans ordered to pay $80,000 in killer whale court case

The Federal Court of Canada ordered the federal fisheries department Tuesday to pay Ecojustice $80,000 in court costs in a case in which Ottawa last Dec. 7 was found to not be protecting critical habitat of resident killer whales as required under the Species At Risk Act. Justice James Russell ordered the payment, in part, because the fisheries department had taken an “unjustifiably evasive and obstructive approach to these proceedings for no other purpose than to thwart the Applicants’ attempts to bring important public issues before the Court which the Respondents had failed to clarify.

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