Yesterday the federal government took away our right to participate in environmental assessments. Today, Canada is a less democratic country. Big oil has more say about the future of Canada than you and I. I did a pile of media interviews yesterday but that's not enough. We have to wake up Canada's Parliament and alert them to what is happening.
Unfortunately, we’re going to have to make a very big noise.
Your Member of Parliament (MP) is home in your riding this week. The Easter break following the budget is an important opportunity for them to gauge the mood of the country.... Read more »
Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver unveiled the government's new approach in a speech at a Toronto manufacturer of materials used in oil and gas pipelines Tuesday morning.
Environmentalist say the reforms are a gift to big oil.
The federal government is reducing the number of departments and agencies that can do environmental reviews from 40 to just three to speed up approvals for projects that will bolster Canada's economy, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said today.
Expanding on plans announced in the March 29 budget, Oliver on Tuesday laid out the specifics of the Conservative government's major overhaul of environmental assessments, aimed at speeding up what the minister labelled a "duplicative, cumbersome and uncertain" process.
The moves are sure to please companies that have long complained of a lengthy, costly review process, citing previous major projects that have taken almost a decade to gain approval.
But the measures were immediately condemned by opposition MPs and environmental groups, which said the Harper government's push for "streamlining" was merely code for gutting Canada's environmental assessment process.... Read more »
Thank you to all who dropped by our booth at the Green Living Show and signed our Asian Carp petition!Submitted by Shaima Al-Khalili on Mon, 2012-04-16 13:13
Thank you to everyone who came by the Sierra Club Ontario booth at The Green Living Show this weekend to sign our petition to the Provincial and Federal governments to take action in preventing the Asian Carp from invading our Great Lakes! Also, thank you to TVO’s Water Brothers who sent so many people over to sign our petition and then came over to sign it themselves (see photo)!
We really appreciate your efforts and we hope we can all move towards effective change. This is a threat that will impact us all. We have already gathered over 900 signatures and we hope to reach 2000 and have them mailed out to us by May 1st when we present it to our political leaders ... Read more »
OTTAWA- Canadians are less able to protect our water, air and land because of changes to environmental law outlined in today’s federal budget.
The key change, essentially speeding up environmental reviews of mega-projects, will greatly hurt the public's ability to participate in future processes.
“Environmental assessments need to be thorough, consultative and science-based.” said John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada. “Creating hard-time limits and rushing the process compromises all these things.”
The changes will result in weaker environmental assessments and projects being approved without a full understanding of the social, economic and environmental impacts they will have.
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