What Kind of Life? Why the Canadian Charter's Guarantees of Life and Security of the Person Should Include the Right to a Healthy Environment

Archibald, Catherine Jean
November 2013
Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law;Winter2013, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
This is an exciting time for the environmental and human rights movements. A growing majority of countries are recognizing the international human right to a healthy environment, and Canada is poised to join them. Two members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation community are arguing in a Canadian court that the government, by granting permission for increasing pollution in their community, is violating their Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms rights to life and security of the person. Thus, there is a real possibility that in the next year or so, a Canadian court will recognize for the first time that the Charter includes a right to a healthy environment. This Article uses Canada's international human rights obligations and domestic Charter law to demonstrate why Canadian courts should find that the Charter rights to life and security of the person include the right to a healthy environment.


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