MEDIA RELEASE – Conservation groups across Canada are calling on the Conservative government to withdraw a proposed new Fisheries Act for Canada, Bill C-45, from further discussion in Parliament. The groups say that the proposed Bill is flawed and fails to adequately mandate protection for Canada’s marine and freshwater environments or for environmental protection in general.
BC environmental groups are applauding the decision by Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to withdraw funding for the Batholiths Project that proposed harmful seismic blasting in North Coast waters. [March 9, 2007]
MEDIA RELEASE – Environmental groups representing millions of North Americans are calling on the Joint Review Panel (JRP) for the Mackenzie Gas Project to consider, as an integral part of the project, how the gas carried by the pipeline would be used, as well as the resulting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.
MEDIA RELEASE – Prominent Canadian authors, artists and musicians joined seven conservation groups today in calling on Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty to bolster his government’s much-anticipated climate change plan with protection of Ontario’s Boreal Forest. A letter urging the Premier to fulfill his pre-election promise was sent by eleven prominent Canadians including Robert Bateman, Sarah Harmer, Cathy Jones, Yann Martel, and Clayton Ruby. They join conservation groups in championing an innovative plan to set aside vast swaths of intact Boreal Forest in the face of global warming while safeguarding threatened species and revitalizing Ontario’s flagging forest sector. It would also elevate Ontario as a distinguished environmental leader within North America.
MEDIA RELEASE – A coalition of leading conservation groups is applauding a move by the federal government to settle an outstanding court case that may lead to enhanced protection for Canada’s endangered species.
Environmental groups filed a formal legal objection this week calling for the federal government to ban all brominated flame-retardants, a group of chemical known as Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs). The government’s recently proposed regulations for PBDEs fail to include the chemical’s most prevalent form, decaBDE, which is used in home electronics, textiles and furniture and is commonly found in household and office dust.
A group of leading Ontario environmental organizations today released detailed policy agendas for the province in six key areas: boreal forest protection, toxics, energy, Great Lakes protection, waste and recycling, and urban sprawl and the Greenbelt. [March 18, 2007]
Groups from across the province blasted the Ontario government or passing regulations that will weaken key environmental laws and allow massive incinerators to be fast-tracked without an environmental assessment and with little public consultation. [July 17, 2007]
A Provincial Court Judge today approved the charge laid against the GVRD and Province of BC for alleged pollution offences at the Iona sewage treatment plant. The charge was laid by environmental investigator Douglas Chapman, who is represented by Sierra Legal and supported by the T-Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance and the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union – CAW. [March 22, 2007]
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