124 signatures delivered on eve of bill’s vote
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2012
Vancouver, Ottawa - Lawyers and law professors from across Canada are calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Members of Parliament to remove proposed changes to environmental laws from the omnibus budget bill and debate them separately in Parliament.
“Including these changes in the budget bill is an underhanded way to circumvent Parliamentary and public debate” said Patrick Canning, a B.C.-based lawyer who coordinated the letter. “The public and their democratically elected representatives deserve a chance to discuss major changes to laws that are totally unrelated to the budget and will impact the well-being of all Canadians.”
Comparison of the British Columbia and Federal Environmental Assessments for the Prosperity Mine - Mark Haddock, for the Northwest Institute
Key links, including on the Metal Mining Effluent Regulations:
Environmental assessment is an essential tool to maintain a healthy, secure and sustainable Canada.
Open letter to MPs regarding Bill C-45 (PDF; November 2012)
Background Q&A- How Bill C-45 weakens our environmental laws and democracy (PDF; November 2012)
West Coast Environmental Law Submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources regarding Omnibus Bill C-45 (PDF; November 2012)
West Coast Environmental Law Submission to House of Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on Division 21 of Budget Bill C-45(PDF; November 2012)
West Coast Environmental Law Comments on Public Hearing and Confidentiality Procedures, New Prosperity Panel (PDF; September 2012)
West Coast Environmental Law Submission on CEAA Regulations August 2012 (PDF; August 2012)
ENGO submissions on CEAA 2012 Project List Regulations (August 2012)
Strong Environmental Laws Report Card on Bill C-38 and Supporting Legal Analysis (PDF; June 2012)
Top 10 Environmental Concerns of the 2012 Budget Bill (PDF; May 2012) / French version Ce que signifie le projet de loi C38 pour l’environnement (PDF; May 2012)
What Would Remain? CEAA 2012 Analysis by Professor Robert B. Gibson (working draft) (PDF; May 2012)
West Coast Environmental Law's Myths and Realities on the 2012 Federal Budget (PDF; March 29, 2012)
A Checklist for Strong Environmental Laws (PDF; February 2012)
Assessing the Smaller Projects: An Essential Step Toward Sustainability (PDF; March 2012)
Environmental Assessment, Overlap, Duplication, Harmonization, Equivalency, and Substitution: Interpretation, Misinterpretation, and a Path Forward, by Arlene Kwasniak, Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, October, 2009
Like rules that prevent smoking in the office or putting your kid in a car without a seatbelt, protecting citizens' health and livelihoods from a polluted environment is a Canadian social norm. Will this week's budget roll back established legal protections for our environment and put public health and safety at risk?
by Jessica Clogg, The Hill Times, Monday March 26, 2012, page 13
Margaret Munro, Postmedia News, Monday March 19, 2012
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.
Parliamentary Environment Committee’s Paint by Numbers Report Fails to Produce Credible Review of CEAA
Parliamentary Environment Committee’s ‘Paint by Numbers Report’ Fails to Produce Credible Review of Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
For Immediate Release – March 13, 2012
source: Canadian Environmental Network Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus
(Ottawa) Conservative MPs on the Committee reviewing the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) have set out recommendations that follow the party line to further gut the federal environmental assessment process while failing to consider expert testimony to improve it, according to environmental groups from across Canada.
Weak environmental laws jeopardize public health and safety and the integrity of First Nations consultation
VANCOUVER, BC and OTTAWA, ON (February 29, 2012) – Today 40 groups, from internationally-known organizations like Council of Canadians and Greenpeace, to local citizens’ groups like Grand Riverkeeper Labrador, have endorsed a statement confirming their support for strong federal environmental laws that protect our national values.
Feds’ Environmental Assessment Agenda Risks Public Health and Safety, Invites Environmental Disaster
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (February 20, 2012) – Leading public health physicians, environmental lawyers and academics warned today against haphazard federal attempts to undermine environmental reviews for projects like Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway oil tanker and pipeline plan, cautioning that any government effort to cut corners will put public health and safety at risk.
Citizens to Ottawa: We will not be shut out of environmental decisions
Posted by · November 28, 2012 12:00 PM
Environmental groups, First Nations join in opposition to omnibus Bill C-45
Posted by Jeanette Ageson · November 26, 2012 9:12 AM
Safeguards for water, fish and human health bulldozed by Omnibus 2 say environmental lawyers
Posted by Todd Monge · October 19, 2012 8:36 AM