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2012-03-27  |  Derek Leahy

FRANKLIN, TASMANIA – I sat down in a café in Franklin, Tasmania the other day trying to sort out all that has transpired these past few weeks. You see, May 5thcould very well become a massive day of action. A lot of people from all over the world want to make their voices heard the week of May 5th. International Stop the Tar Sands Day’s circle of friends just got bigger.

 

Anyway, I sat down in an practically empty café (Franklin is a pretty small town), opened up my journal to a blank page and took out a pencil. With the pencil I drew four separate thought bubbles on the page for four different campaigns or movements or whatever you want to call them. The first was for 350.org’s Climate Impacts Day, which will take place the exact same day as ISTSDay; May 5th. The second thought bubble was for the Occupy ...

2012-03-25  |  Janet Eaton

Tories plan to stop protecting waterways with fish deemed to lack 'economic, cultural or ecological value.'

By Andrew Nikiforuk, Yesterday, TheTyee.ca

 

John Diefanbaker fishing

What would Dief say? Former Tory PM John Diefenbaker, avid fisherman.

More than 625 Canadian scientists are demanding that the Canadian government abandon plans to gut the Fisheries Act, the nation's most significant and oldest piece of environmental legislation.

Scientists contacted by The Tyee called the changes shocking and unprecedented.

"We...

2012-03-24  |  Janet Eaton

March 12, 2012, By Otto E Langer

To date the Harper government has shown little regard for the protection of the environment and over the past few years has supervised the almost total elimination of enforcement of the habitat  protection and the pollution provisions of the Canada Fisheries Act (Sections 35 and 36 respectively). During the Cohen Inquiry in 2011 data was presented to show that pollution and habitat violation investigations have been greatly reduced and convictions of violations in BC and indeed throughout Canada is now  almost non- existent.

The Fisheries Act of Canada was put in place in 1868 and is one of the oldest and most tested pieces of environmental legislation in the world. In 1975 many people worked hard to get a proper section added to the Act to protect fish habitat in Canada. Section 35 (habitat protection) was passed by Parliament in 1976 and has been extensively used across
Canada over the past 36 years....

2012-03-23  |  Janet Eaton

By Margaret Munro, Postmedia News March 19, 2012, Montreal Gazette

Photograph by: Ric Ernst , PNG

Scientists are calling on the Harper government to scrap plans to weaken the federal Fisheries Act, saying it will "severely impair" Canada's ability to protect biodiversity and species at risk.

They also want Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield to come clean about what scientists inside his own department think of the proposed changes.

"In the interests of transparency and accountability, and in the interests of Canadian society, we respectfully request that the science advice received in this regard be made publicly available without delay," Jeffrey Hutchings, president of the Canadian Society For Ecology and Evolution, says in a letter sent to Ashfield on Monday.

The group, representing 1,000 ecologists and evolutionary biologists across Canada, joins a growing chorus calling on the federal government to abandon plans to...

2012-03-23  |  Janet Eaton

by Elizabeth May on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 12:09am ·

" I fear that the sweeping changes - removing CEAA jurisdiction from
any province with "equivalent" EA, removing the requirement to
consider alternatives, ordering fixed time lines for reviews, giving the
Minister increased powers, "streamlining" First Nations consultations -
all point toward more nails in CEAA´s coffin."


Confession: I am a pack rat who rarely throws out files.  Last night I
found the environmental assessment from the first EA process in which I
participated.  The Wreck Cove Hydroelectric Project EA was mailed to me on
April 28, 1977.  So that makes 35 years experience in environmental
assessment.

Back then Environmental Assessment was under a Guidelines Order of
the Privy Council, called the Environmental Assessment Review
Process. Just how...

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