By Matteo Cimellaro Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Reforms to Canada’s leading environmental law are finally here, but it’s unclear how the updated bill will protect front-line communities in what are often called “sacrifice zones.” Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) is in the heart of the tarsands and has dealt with a massive tailings pond leak and catastrophic wildfires in the span of months. In Ontario, Aamjiwnaang First Nation is in the centre of the Chemical Valley, a region surrounded by 60 chemical plants and oil refineries. Both communities have been effectively sacrificed for the gains and development of industry. Cancer rates remain higher than the Canadian average in both First Nations. On June 13, senators voted unanimously to adopt Bill S-5. The bill includes reforms to the Canadian Environmental Protection
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