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2012-05-01  |  Janet Eaton

In a short article entitled “Earth Day and Tar Sands”, published by Common Dreams April 19th  http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/04/19-8 ]  Dale Wiehoff, VP of Communications and IP for the IATP [Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy], makes the link between the on-going exploitation of the tar sands and trade policy especially NAFTA's Chapter 11, investor state, and Ch 6, the Proportionality Clause.

But first he relates Earth Day to the Tar Sands by noting that a growing number of environmental concerns not the least of which was a major oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel led to Earth Day and then goes on to remind us that none of those earlier offshore disasters like Santa Barbara or Exxon Valdez caused  anywhere near the environmental devastation being wreaked by the tar sands especially in relation to...

2012-05-01  |  Derek Leahy

The First Nations Freedom Train against the construction of Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline has begun and we want them to know they are not alone

 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - Last year for International Stop the Tar Sands Day we asked people to create the best "Stop the Tar Sands!" banner, poster or artwork they could be muster, take a picture of themselves with their creation and send it in to us for our website. It worked out great! Take a look for yourself:

 

http://stoptarsands.yolasite.com/ists-day.php 

 

This year we are asking you to send us a picture of you with your message of support for the Freedom Train. I have already written about the Yinka Dene Alliance's Freedom...

2012-04-30  |  Janet Eaton

 http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/04/30/elizabeth-may-how-the-conservatives-stole-environmental-protection-in-broad-daylight/
The single biggest assault on environmental law was tabled last Thursday morning in the House - to nary a whimper...
Bill C-38 came in without any detailed lock-up or briefing. It had never been mentioned that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act was to be repealed; and that an entirely new act of 67 pages would be tucked in to the Budget Act. No longer will there be predictable "triggers" for federal reviews...

The ways in which the Fisheries Act would include the transfer of decision-making and management to the provinces were not explained in advance. Nor were the restriction of requirements for authorization to destroy habitat for those commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries. It had not been mentioned that the Species at Risk Act would be amended to give the National Energy Board (NEB) power to...

2012-04-30  |  Janet Eaton

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP on 4/27/2012 (authors: Shawn Denstedt, QC & Sander Duncanson.   On April 26, 2012, the Federal Government introduced Bill C-38, the 2012 Budget Bill. Part 3 of Bill C-38 contains the Federal Government’s proposed legislative changes to the federal regulatory system. The most significant change is the complete repeal and replacement of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), the central piece of federal environmental legislation. Its replacement, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, includes fundamental changes to the current Act that are intended to address the uncertainties and inefficiencies associated with the current legislation. Bill C-38 also proposes significant changes to the National Energy Board Act, the Canadian Oil and Gas Operations Act, the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the ...

2012-04-30  |  Janet Eaton

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt 4/27/2012 [Authors Shawn Denstedt, QC & Sander Duncanson]  On April 26, 2012, the Federal Government introduced Bill C-38, the 2012 Budget Bill. Part 3 of Bill C-38 contains the Federal Government’s proposed legislative changes to the federal regulatory system. The most significant change is the complete repeal and replacement of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), the central piece of federal environmental legislation. Its replacement, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, includes fundamental changes to the current Act that are intended to address the uncertainties and inefficiencies associated with the current legislation. Bill C-38 also proposes significant changes to the National Energy Board Act, the Canadian Oil and Gas Operations Act, the Nuclear Safety and Control Act, the Fisheries Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and the Species at Risk...

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