Feds Undercut BC’s Oil Spill Prevention Panel

Tories rewriting safety regs with no input from their own expert panel, says member.By Mitchell Anderson TheTyee.ca Many British Columbians watching the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are wondering what safeguards are in place to ensure such a disaster does not happen here. What they don't know is that the federal government recently made sweeping changes to the primary advisory panel put in ... [click title to continue]

Environmental Impact Assessments

Trevor Herriot's Grass Notes While our screens and newspapers bring us the latest news from the Gulf of Mexico showing us the mess that can come from oil extraction, we find ourselves asking about environmental guidelines and impact assessment processes. If the risks with a given development--in this case, offshore oil drilling--are high, how does the project get past the Environmental Impact Assessment? ... [click title to continue]

Canada-EU free trade would worsen climate crisis

Canada-EU free trade would worsen climate crisis, discourage environmental protection, says Indigenous Environmental Network and Council of CanadiansThe free trade agreement that Canada and the European Union are negotiating, which Prime Minister Harper is discussing today with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, will worsen the climate crisis by locking in an unsustainable economic model ... [click title to continue]

NDP climate change bill moves closer to becoming law

NDP news releaseThe NDP’s Climate Change Accountability Act (Bill C-311), which will commit the federal government to achieving practical, science-based greenhouse-gas reduction targets, moved one step closer to becoming law today.“It was great to see a majority of the members come together to get this passed,” said New Democrat MP Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay–Superior North), who introduced bill. ... [click title to continue]

April 14th Vote Must Save Canada’s Climate Change Bill

The Green Party of Canada is urging all Canadians to contact their Member of Parliament and ask them to vote in favour of Bill C-311 on April 14th. This crucial vote will determine whether the bill goes to third reading; if the vote fails, this important piece of legislation will be dead. Bill C-311, the Climate Change Accountability Act, sets out science-based reduction targets for greenhouse gas ... [click title to continue]

Report raises troubling questions, suggests reasonable solutions

Matthew BramleyThe Pembina InstituteA new report from Climate Action Network Canada reaches some troubling conclusions about the federal government's approach to climate science research in Canada. On Monday, Canwest reporter Mike de Souza and La Presse journalist François Cardinal reported that leaked Environment Canada documents obtained in CAN's research show the federal department's new media ... [click title to continue]

Canada’s Climate Policy Sinks to New Lows

Green Party of CanadaIt is not enough that the current Canadian government is moving backward on the issue of climate change, as evidenced by the total lack of funding for climate initiatives in the recent budget, but now government officials are pressuring other countries to do the same. South Africa is the latest victim of Canadian pressure tactics. Committed to a carbon neutral development path, ... [click title to continue]

Backgrounder: Harper government’s January 2010 greenhouse gas target

- Greenpeace CanadaOn January 30, 2010, federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced new targets for Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions for 2020. The government says it made this announcement to fulfill a condition of the non-binding Copenhagen Accord that came out of the unsuccessful United Nations climate conference in December 2009 in Copenhagen. •The Harper government’s new target for ... [click title to continue]

Greens Decry Harper Government Moving to Even Weaker GHG

 - Green Party of Canada - Parti vert du Canada Harper has done it again. Hiding behind the US weak greenhouse gas targets, Canada has now watered down our commitment again, setting a new base year of 2005 for greenhouse gas reductions. "After sabotaging progress in Copenhagen, the Harper government has now moved to an even weaker target," said Green Leader Elizabeth May. In 2006, when the Harper ... [click title to continue]