The changed nature of ‘protection’ for navigable waters

On Friday, June 15th, 2018 in Debate, Environmental Assessment, Parliament

ent of the interior waterways of Canada. My question for the hon. parliamentary secretary is this. This is a good definition. We probably got protection back on something like 89% of all the interior waters in Canada, but the nature of the protection is different, because the impact assessment legislation in part 1 of this omnibus bill did not restore the requirement that the minister of transportation would have to have an impact evaluation, an... ...

Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

On Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 in Committees

...o the criminal system as opposed to the NCR system, or that a lawyer would advise that. But wouldn’t you agree with me that for a lesser crime—not lesser in the sense necessarily of trauma; I’m not diminishing the nature of a crime—for a sexual assault, scary assaults of all kinds, where the sentence in criminal justice might end up being less than three years, and the offender looks at the risk on the NCR system…? I think that&... ...

Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act (Bill C-15)

On Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 in Debate

...nusual in that, so far, until I rose to speak on behalf of the Green Party, we have only been hearing from members of the official opposition. I do not know why this is. I think it is symptomatic of the unnecessarily partisan nature of debates in the House on legislation. There was a time, and I worked in Ottawa in that time, when working on legislation was not a partisan matter, but a largely co-operative and consensual matter to come to the bes... ...

Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act (Bill C-38)

On Monday, June 11th, 2012 in Speeches

...rotection of grizzly habitat, of forests and of ecosystems. Without subsection 35(1) of the Fisheries Act remaining intact, we open up the gangway to reckless destruction not only of our extraordinary natural resources but of nature itself. We are constantly being told that we have a false choice, that we have to choose hell-bent-for-leather economic development with no attention to what it means to first nations rights and sustainability of natu... ...

Canada Day in a different Canada

On Thursday, July 10th, 2014 in Island Tides

vincial and federal laws still apply.  The difference is that any resource exploitation or other activity interfering with Aboriginal rights and title cannot take place without the agreement of the First Nation. So how do the nature of Aboriginal land title and non-Aboriginal property rights relate?  The unanimous decision from Chief Justice McLaughlin states: In  Delgamuukw …this Court confirmed the sui generis nature of the rights and obl... ...

Points of Order – Bill C-38

On Friday, June 8th, 2012 in Points of Order

...s in agreement. On many of the concerns that were raised, you have heard from the official opposition New Democrats throughout question period, public commentary and in conversations in the House with you, Mr. Speaker, on the nature and form of the bill and the concerns we share with Canadians of its effect on members of Parliament to do our jobs. This is why I appeal to you directly, Mr. Speaker, in the decision that you have to make because, ul... ...

Canadian Museum of History Act (Bill C-49)

On Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 in Speeches

...ther few generations. If we go back to 1856, it was for the displays of the Geological Survey of Canada. It was a hodgepodge, I can imagine, and by 1968, it was decided to split it into two things. We still have the Museum of Nature, of course, on Metcalfe Street. That was one part of it. The other part became known as, and all of my women colleagues in the House should brace themselves, the National Museum of Man. By 1986, it was seen that the N... ...

Bev Oda deserves a defence

On Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 in Blogs

...otice. It’s the way people freak out over a few pennies increase on a litre of gasoline, but, without a whimper, purchase completely unnecessary bottled water at a higher price per litre than gas. It’s just one of those human nature things that defy rational explanation. Where I think we need to give our collective head a shake (and here I am looking directly at the national news media reporters) is the forgery of the KAIROS approval documents. T... ...

Elizabeth’s Response to the Environmental and Regulatory Review Discussion Paper

On Monday, August 28th, 2017 in Committees, Parliament, Statements, Uncategorized

...a single government agency responsible for guiding and conducting federal assessments and coordinating Crown consultations for those assessments” Partial – no mention of reinforcing the quasi-judicial, tribunal nature of the IA authority. 3.1.2 The mandate of the Impact Assessment Commission would be to: (A) Implement government IA policy and provide guidance for IA at the federal level covering Strategic IA, Regional IA and Pr... ...

Bill C-38: the Environmental Destruction Act

On Thursday, May 10th, 2012 in Articles by Elizabeth

...there is the orphaned and unloved bastard child of Harper’s legislative agenda. It is hidden. It is not to be placed in the front window, nor proclaimed as it should be: “Vote for the Conservative Party, tough on nature!” The good news in this is that Stephen Harper knows that his base would hate a lot of what’s in C-38. That’s why he is hiding it — in a way that hides it in plain sight for anyone who is willi... ...

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