In a speech on Bill S-5 on Monday, the first overhaul of the Canada Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) in 23 years, Elizabeth lamented that the act weakens the original 1988 CEPA . Elizabeth worked on CEPA as Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Environment as it was drafted. In her speech, Elizabeth expressed that she is utterly disappointed by its current form. She described how S-5 lacks many important elements, including failing to deliver an enforceable right to a healthy environment.
Interim Leader of the Green Party, Dr. Amita Kuttner, held a press conference on Wednesday, October 26th, International Intersex Awareness Day. Liberal MP and Parliamentary Secretary Rob Oliphant was also in attendance. “The intersex community is largely ignored and the issues are serious. Intersex people often live lives marked by physical and psychological torment after undergoing nonconsensual surgeries as infants or children.” said Kuttner. Read more here.
In a statement this week, Mike remembered a late friend who took her own life earlier this year. “Suicide can be prevented, and help is available,” he said. Mike highlighted organizations in the Waterloo Region that provide resources to people coping with suicide loss, thoughts of suicide, or anyone else that needs them. Mike said that these organizations are “more important than ever.”