Government

Controversial changes to Fisheries Act guided by industry demands

 

Commercial fishing boats make their way back up the Fraser River to Steveston Harbour to offload sockeye salmon near the end of a 32-hour fishery window in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday August 26, 2010.

(DARRYL DYCK FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

The federal Conservative government consulted with both environmental organizations and industry associations before making controversial changes to the Fisheries Act last year, but listened primarily to industry.

When a section of one of the government’s massive 2012 omnibus budget bills limited the scope of the legislation governing the protection of fish and their habitats, some ecologists said it was the biggest setback to conservation law in more than 50 years.... Read more »

TransCanada Plans Pipeline to East Coast

OTTAWA — Faced with uncertainty over its proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would link Canada’s oil sands with the American Gulf Coast, TransCanada said on Thursday that it would build a pipeline to eastern Canada.

The pipeline company announced that it would proceed with a $12 billion pipeline that could move up to 1.1 million barrels a day to New Brunswick, to serve a region that now relies on imported crude oil for the overwhelming majority of its supply.... Read more »

Long-term funding from province confirmed for Experimental Lakes Area

David Orazietti is Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources. (STRINGER/CANADA/REUTERS)

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jul. 31 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, Jul. 31 2013, 6:06 AM EDT

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Rail safety in B.C. questioned following Quebec tragedy

Following a massive, deadly fire sparked by the derailment of a train in Quebec, questions are being asked about the safety of hazardous goods rail networks in British Columbia.

Early Saturday morning, a parked train carrying crude oil rolled away and crashed, sparking multiple explosions and a major fire in the community of Lac-Mégantic. Thirteen people have been confirmed dead and around 50 remain missing as of Monday.

The incident has shone the spotlight on the contentious political debate over oil transportation and Canada's rapidly expanding oil-by-rail industry.... Read more »

Taking Action on Bee Mortalities

Ontario Government Creating Cross-Industry Working Group
July 9, 2013 9:30 a.m.

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Ontario is bringing together a group of experts to provide advice on how to prevent bee mortalities.

The Bee Health Working Group will be comprised of beekeepers, farmers, agri-business representatives, scientists, and staff from both federal and provincial government agencies. Drawing on a broad range of expertise, the working group will provide recommendations on how to mitigate the potential risk to honey bees from exposure to neonicotinoid -- a pesticide used for corn and soybeans.

The working group will meet for the first time this month and provide its recommendations by spring 2014.

Supporting the province's agri-businesses while protecting the environment is part of the Ontario government's plan to create a fair and prosperous society.... Read more »

            

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