Date: 2012/07/12 -- Category/Categories: Island Tides

Canada has two approaches when dealing with totalitarian regimes. If they have no money or inclination to invest, we are quick to condemn and to shut such nations out of the room (as in the case of Cuba in the meetings of the Americas Summit) or to storm dramatically from any room into which the ...

Date: 2012/06/12 -- Category/Categories: Debate

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the hon. member for the very interesting speech. I will be very brief as I know time is running out on this debate. Today, over 120 environmental lawyers from across Canada issued a statement warning that the destruction of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act through Bill ...

Date: 2012/06/11 -- Category/Categories: Speeches

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I rise to speak at report stage on Bill C-38, a bill that many other colleagues in the House have accurately described as an affront to democracy. I heard my hon. colleague say that somehow we, in the opposition benches, should speak to the content of the bill. I propose to ...

Date: 2012/06/05 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

World Environment Week spans June 4th to June 8th, with June 5th being Environment Day. “This is a critical time in Canada.  Our environment is at serious risk of irreparable harm due to the gutting of environmental legislation contained in Bill C-38, which is being forced through Parliament.  If there were ever a time for ...

Date: 2012/06/03 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has passed a motion requesting that the federal government remove sections of Bill C-38 proposing major changes to environmental protection (the Fisheries Act, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the Species at Risk Act) and refer the sections to the relevant standing committees of Parliament for thorough review and debate. ...

Date: 2012/05/17 -- Category/Categories: Articles by Elizabeth, Island Tides

Since my last article for Island Tides, Parliament has been dominated by the March 29 Budget and the April 26 budget implementation bill, Bill C-38. The first set out the fiscal plan with a heavy dose of promised laws to reduce/fast-track environmental assessment; the second went far beyond the words of the budget itself, to ...

Date: 2012/05/11 -- Category/Categories: Speeches

Elizabeth May: Mr. Speaker, I rise today to talk about Bill C-38. I am sad because this bill is worse than any other this Parliament has debated, and that is for two reasons. First, without consulting Canadians, the government chose to introduce sweeping changes to many laws that affect environmental, social and economic aspects of ...

Date: 2012/05/10 -- Category/Categories: Blogs

As a long-time environmental lawyer who has watched, and, in some cases, played a role in the development of Canada’s environmental laws, I am devastated at the cynical, manipulative, and undemocratic way the Harper Conservatives are weakening or destroying those crucial laws. The Conservatives have hidden their destructive, anti-nature, health, and even jobs agenda in ...

Date: 2012/05/10 -- Category/Categories: Press Releases

Current Process Triggers to Environmental Assessment: Federal Money Federal Land Law List Kinds of Environmental Assessment: Screening Comprehensive Study Panel – Including Federal-Provincial Joint Panels Content of Review: “environment” means the components of the Earth, and includes a)      Land, water and air, including all layers of the atmosphere, b)      All organic and inorganic matter and ...

Date: 2012/05/10 -- Category/Categories: Press Conferences, Press Releases

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, MP Saanich-Gulf Islands, today listed and explained the dangerous and damaging impacts that Bill C-38, the Budget Implementation Bill, will have on Canadians’ environment, health, and jobs. “As more and more people are realizing, the Harper Conservatives have packed their so-called budget bill with lots of non-budget items in order ...

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