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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Grain Farmers of Ontario appealing neonicotinoid decision

Grain Farmers of Ontario ("GFO") is appealing the October 23 dismissal of its challenge to Ontario's neonicotinoid regulations.  That appeal is made to the Ontario Court of Appeal.  GFO is also making a motion to the Ontario Divisional Court for a review of the earlier Superior Court decision dismissing GFO's request for a stay of the regulation.  GFO says that, "We believe there are proper grounds for these steps".  GFO's news release can be found at: GFO Appeal.

This challenge by GFO still strikes me as an attack on government policy, something in which the courts are loathe to interfere (as was noted by Justice Akhtar in his dismissal of the case).  GFO's news release doesn't provide any details about the "proper grounds" for the appeal(s).  We may need to wait until the appeals are heard (if they proceed) and decisions rendered to see what "proper grounds" are being advanced.