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#FAIL, says new report from Canada’s environment watchdog

Media Release, May 9, 2012

OTTAWA - The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development provides further evidence the federal government is failing to protect the environment, ^NOT meeting its climate change commitments and ^NOT cleaning up contaminated sites.

The reality is Canada will ^NOT meet its 2020 greenhouse gas emission target of 17% below 2005 emissions (it won’t come close with the current rate of expansion of the Tar Sands). Nor is there a plan (or the funding allocated) to clean-up thousands of toxic waste sites. Only a handful of contaminated sites out of over 10,000 are reported to be receiving adequate attention.... Read more »

#BlackOutSpeakOut campaign launched by environmental groups

MEDIA RELEASE - EMBARGOED UNTIL MAY 7, 2012

#BlackOutSpeakOut

OTTAWA – According to a national campaign being launched Monday, May 7th by the country’s leading environmental organizations, the federal government’s war on nature and democracy means “Silence is no longer an option!” The campaign aims to force the Harper government to retreat and restore the environmental protection and democratic participation it recently gutted.... Read more »

Cabinet to get final say on pipeline projects

The National Energy Board (NEB) will have to submit all future decisions on major pipeline projects to the federal cabinet for approval, according to a little-noticed change made in the government's economic action plan.

Currently, the NEB only has to submit projects it approves to cabinet. With this proposed change, the NEB will have to submit projects it doesn't approve to cabinet as well.

"The changes will ensure that both positive and negative NEB recommendations are presented to elected officials for information. The cabinet can request a more in-depth review by NEB and can also decide to go forward for approval," a source within the natural resources minister's office wrote to the CBC. The NEB answers to the minister.

On Tuesday, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver revealed more details on the government's streamlining of the regulatory approval process for major resource development projects.... Read more »

Politics and charity can mix

To hear Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton and others tell it, Canada has been invaded by foreign radicals who “are operating under the guise of charitable organizations in an effort to manipulate our policies for their own gain.”

The Senate has launched an inquiry into the issue. In late February, Eaton opened the debate with this flourish: “Honourable Senators, I rise today to open an inquiry that will reveal astounding information. It will make your blood boil and, hopefully, it will prompt us all to action.”... Read more »

Ottawa to slash environment review role (CBC article)

(April 17, 2012) Sierra Club says Tories 'abdicating' responsibility to protect environment

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/story/2012/04/17/environmental-reviews.html

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