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The Council of Canadians: PEOPLE POWER Canadian Style

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1 year 1 month ago - 1 year 1 month ago #144898 by verynewtothis
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I did just that by REMOVING MY FIRST LINK
and the stuff in quotes THAT GOES WITH IT!!

Every Lake, Every River

Take action now to protect every lake and every river!

1. Tell the Trudeau government to stand up to Big Oil. Let’s protect every lake and every river! Sign the petition:


2. Participate in public consultations:

3. Support the campaign:


On July 20, a pipeline ruptured and spilled up to 250,000 litres of toxic crude oil into the North Saskatchewan River – poisoning the source of drinking water for more than 50,000 people.

Sadly, this is just the latest example of how lakes and rivers across Canada are increasing at risk. The former Harper government left 99% of waterways unprotected under the Navigable Waters Protection Act and clawed back other freshwater protections.

The good news is, now we have a chance to fix this.

This fall, the Trudeau government is holding public consultations on new freshwater protections. But behind the scenes, Big Oil and mining are already lobbying our government hard to keep Harper’s watered-down laws in place.

So it’s critical that we come together now to send Mr. Trudeau a clear and powerful mandate from the people: It’s time to protect every lake, every river.

Lakes and rivers are under threat from pipeline, mining and other industrial projects being given the green light
under weakened laws brought in by the former Harper government.

The Trudeau government will be holding public consultations to review freshwater protections and environmental legislation. With your help, we can secure a better water future for Canada and Indigenous communities.

Narrated by Maude Barlow, author and national chairperson of the Council of Canadians. Featuring Emma Lui, water campaigner with the Council of Canadians.


2016 Year in Review – Thank You!

Because of you, 2016 was a year of renewed hope for the better Canada we know is possible...

The Council of Canadians:

The Council of Canadians` FaceBook page:

The Council of Canadians` Twitter page:

The Council of Canadians` YouTube channel:

Buy Maude Barlow`s book: "Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada's Water Crisis"




ALSO, Maude Barlow Food & Water Watch:

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Environmental law review recommends changes to Fisheries Act, National Energy Board
By Penney Kome On June 22nd, 2017

Image: Christina Turner

In June 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau announced an important review and update of four of Canada’s major environmental laws: The Fisheries Act, the Navigation Protection Act, the Canada Environmental Protection Act’s Environmental Assessment provision, and the National Energy Board.

By this June, 2017, the government had announced all the reviews' recommendations.

Some of the Acts haven't been revised in 20 years. Others, like the Navigation Protection Act, lost most of their authority in 2012, when Stephen Harper’s government drastically reduced their jurisdiction. In Harper’s version, the NWA protects only about 100 out of millions of Canadian waterways.

If you've never heard of the environmental law review, maybe that's because the government undertook several massive reviews simultaneously. Only the environmental-and-law groups seem to have made any attempt to publicize it. I can’t find any mention on general environmental groups' site, such as the Sierra Club website, or on Greenpeace’s either.

Says the West Coast Environmental Law website, "the government [has] announced a sweeping review of federal environmental laws... This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape Canada’s environmental laws and to contribute to decisions that affect land, air, water and the climate."

Public comments were welcomed from November 2016 until as late as May 2017, and reports came out promptly. Which is to say that all of these committees and task forces have been remarkably quick to launch, implement their inquiries, mediate, and make recommendations -- sometimes stunningly earth-friendly recommendations. For starters, every report recommends including and involving Indigenous people and Indigenous perspectives on land use.

Another example: The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, following its mandatory 10-year review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, issued 84 strong recommendations, including that the Act’s preamble be "amended:

•to recognize a right to a healthy environment;
•to mention the importance of considering vulnerable populations in risk assessments; and
•to recognize the principles put forward in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples...."

The Canadian Environmental Law Association hailed this "breakthrough moment for Canada’s growing environmental rights movement." Ecojustice lawyer Kaitlyn Mitchell said, "Environmental rights are human rights, and we applaud the committee for taking a clear, principled stance on the issue. This is a concept that transcends political lines and is fundamental to the advancement of a more just and equitable society."

CELA (Ecojustice) noted that "Ecojustice and the David Suzuki Foundation are partners in the Blue Dot Movement, a national campaign to advance the legal recognition of every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment.

"Since 2014.... 153 municipalities across Canada -- representing more than 40 per cent of Canada’s population -- have passed declarations in support of the right to a healthy environment."

Similarly, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced a return to policies of protecting fish habitat, reversing the Harper government's 2012 legislation. CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) said, "The Government of Canada’s commitment to renewing the Fisheries Act is an unprecedented opportunity to put in place a legal and policy framework that will protect, restore and sustain Canada's fisheries -- and the rivers, lakes and oceans that support them -- for generations to come."

There were two parts to reviewing the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. Environmental defence celebrated proposed changes to the CEPA’s list of restricted toxins and pollutants

"The committee also proposes to improve protections from chemicals of high concern... by requiring industry to prove safety before use," said the Environmental defence news release. This could be the edge of Europe’s "Precautionary Principle," which requires manufacturers to prove ingredients are harmless before releasing them into the public.

Also, the Expert Panel on [CEPA] Environmental Assessments, struck in order to restore public trust in the assessment process, reported back to the Minister in April. They recommended changing the terminology to "Impact Assessment" and widening the inquiry to include a more holistic approach about how change affects all living beings nearby, human as well as wildlife.

"Canadians demand big changes to environmental assessment law," WCEL celebrated. "The Panel’s report lays out a number of clear recommendations to guide assessments for proposed projects such as mines, pipelines and dams."

Over at the National Energy Board, the Expert Panel recommended splitting the NEB into two separate organizations -- the Canadian Energy Transmission Commission (CETC), and the Canadian Energy Information Agency (CEIA). The point of this would presumably be to restore public trust lost when the previous Prime Minister packed the NEB with his own appointees.

Furthermore, according to one law firm's analysis, recommendations require that "At a preliminary stage, all major projects would be subject to a year-long deliberation by the Governor in Council (GIC), to determine whether a project aligns with the 'national interest.' On approval, the project would move to a detailed review and environmental assessment, followed by a licensing decision..."

On the other hand, Council of Canadians is furious about what Trudeau's government did not do with the Navigation Protection Act. Stephen Harper's government eliminated the Navigable Waters Protection Act and stripped federal environmental protection from practically all Canada’s lakes, rivers and streams.

Unfortunately, says the Council of Canadians, Transport Canada's report does not restore that protection. "Only 1 per cent of the 31,000 lakes and 2.25 million rivers in Canada will be protected under the Navigation Protection Act," says Emma Lui, water campaigner for the Council of Canadians. "The federal government is abandoning its responsibility and its promise to protect people's right to navigation and safeguard freshwater in Canada."

All of the federal departments involved will now look over the recommendations they have received, and respond by proposing new legislation or regulations. Although most of the recommendations seem earth-friendly, there is no guarantee they will ever be adopted, much less adopted as proposed.

Look for new legislation to come forward in the fall. And if you're interested, you will really have to search. If the past is any indicator, the only public information available is likely to be from enviromental law websites like WCEL, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, or maybe Council of Canadians.

Media silence on this seems odd. With climate change threatening us all, debates over environmental legislative reform deserve to be headline news.

Like this article? Please chip in to keep stories like these coming.

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Eliminate water from NAFTA
Please go-to the ABOVE LINK to read their 'FACT SHEETS' on the NAFTA agreement, plus there are simply MORE (Other resources) at that LINK...THANKS!!

NAFTA and Water

Water is defined as a “tradeable good,” “service” and “investment” in NAFTA.

As a tradeable good, NAFTA dramatically limits the federal government’s ability to stop provinces from selling water. If a provincial government decides to sell water to parched U.S. states, the federal government would be powerless to turn off the tap. And NAFTA’s proportionality clause would mean the province couldn’t cut back on the amount of water it was sending to the U.S. even in times of drought.

Removing water as a “service” would help protect water as an essential public service. When services are provided by private corporations, NAFTA provisions limit the involvement of the public sector. NAFTA’s negative list approach means that unless a service is specifically exempted, it must be opened up to the private sector. Examples around the world have shown the impacts privatization has on water services, including increased rates, reduced accessibility and poorer quality.

Removing water as an “investment” and excluding NAFTA’s ISDS provisions would make it much harder for foreign corporations to use trade treaties to fight domestic or international rules that protect water. Canada has already been sued for millions of dollars for laws protecting water.

Take action!

Call on Prime Minister Trudeau and the Canadian government to strengthen water protections in NAFTA and stop companies from profiting from water (Trudeau must stand up to Trump during NAFTA talks ):


Water must be removed as a tradeable good, service or investment in any renegotiated NAFTA deal. Instead, it should be protected as a human right, available to people and communities who need it.
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