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#BlackOutSpeakOut campaign launched by environmental groups

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#BlackOutSpeakOut

OTTAWA – According to a national campaign being launched Monday, May 7th by the country’s leading environmental organizations, the federal government’s war on nature and democracy means “Silence is no longer an option!” The campaign aims to force the Harper government to retreat and restore the environmental protection and democratic participation it recently gutted.... Read more »

Sierra Club Ontario's letter to Ministers Jim Bradley and Michael Gravelle concerning Bill-55

Below is Sierra Club Ontario's letter to the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of Environment, expressing concern about Bill-55, a budget bill introduced by the Ontario government.

This bill proposes broad changes to a series of environmental and natural resource laws.  Some of the changes are extremely worrisome as they reduce public and government oversight and broaden exemption powers. Even more troublesome is that these changes - because contained within a budget bill - circumvent the Environmental Bill of Rights (which required public consultation).

 

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April 26, 2012
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Ottawa cuts water surveillance amidst warnings to heed global warming

OTTAWA - Environment Canada is cutting the scope of its water surveillance, internal documents show, even as Ottawa is being publicly warned to mind the serious effects of climate change.

A new report from the soon-to-be-defunct National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy warns that both business and government are dragging their feet in preparing for the inevitable effects of global warming.

At the same time, an internal memo from Environment Canada shows that budget cuts will require the department to scale back its monitoring of water ~ the very element that climate change most influences.

"The Sustainable Water Management Division is the most impacted," John Moffet, director general of legislative and regulatory affairs at Environment Canada, says in a note to his colleagues explaining how some of the budget cuts will work. The note has been widely circulated among environmental activists.
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Foreign dollars a 'minute segment' of Canadian charities' budgets

OTTAWA - While the Conservative government sounds the alarm about foreigners funneling money into Canadian charities, federal statistics show only two per cent of the country's charities received funds from outside Canada.

Figures provided to Global News from the Canada Revenue Agency show that out of 84,176 charities, only 2,014 reported receiving funding from foreign sources in the fiscal year ending in 2010.

The Conservative government first expressed its concern about how much money Canadian charities were getting from abroad in January when hearings for the $5.5-billion Northern Gateway Pipeline were about to begin.

Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver warned Canadians that "radical," foreign-funded environmental groups were slowing down the process by asking to be heard at the public hearings - a situation that threatened to "undermine Canada's national economic interest."
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Important Environmental Law Amendments in the Ontario 2012 budget bill

Illuminating article from the Iler Campbell blog on bad environmental provisions buried in the Ontario Government budget. Read on...

April 17th, 2012 by Laura Bowman... Read more »

            

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