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Back to schools: Canada’s fish happy with new report, look forward to amended law

13 March, 2017

Fish across Canada breathed a sigh of relief when they saw the top recommendation from the Parliamentary Committee on Fisheries and Oceans’ report reviewing the Fisheries Act: to reinstate strong habitat protection for fish.

Fish across Canada breathed a sigh of relief when they saw the top recommendation from the Parliamentary Committee on Fisheries and Oceans’ report reviewing the Fisheries Act: to reinstate strong habitat protection for fish.

The “other” Bill C-38 – Fish habitat redux and lessons for today

24 November, 2016

Many Canadians who care about nature, democracy and Indigenous rights will recognize the name Bill C-38 – the omnibus budget bill from 2012 that dramatically weakened environmental protection under federal laws such as the Fisheries Act.

But did you know that Parliament debated another Bill C-38 almost forty years ago, led by the father of our current Fisheries Minister? The debates around this important bill from 1977 are presciently relevant today.

Trout swimming

Parliamentary debates from 1977 contain important lessons about the importance of safeguarding fish habitat in Canada. Photo: Jon Nelson.

Taking action on fish habitat protection

26 April, 2016

Momentum is growing to get habitat protection reinstated into the federal Fisheries Act through a petition launched recently by a network of scientists, First Nations, and organizations including West Coast Environmental Law. Below is a guest post by authors from both coasts about the need to make this change to Canada’s law.

Momentum is growing to get habitat protection reinstated into the federal Fisheries Act through this petition. The petition got a boost when Margaret Atwood tweeted it to all her followers this past weekend – please circulate widely.

Below is a guest post written by authors from both coasts about the need to make this change to Canada’s law.

Scaling Up the Fisheries Act: #Act4Fish

24 March, 2016

Fish matter to Canadians. Fish habitat, called the “bedrock” of fisheries by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), matters. And so the law to protect fish and their habitat really matters. That's why WCEL launched Scaling Up the Fisheries Act: Restoring Lost Protections and Introducing Modern Safeguards, a brief that outlines preliminary ideas on reforming Canada’s essential fisheries law.

Canadians stand up for fish

12 July, 2013

A great many Canadians, from many different backgrounds, have been standing up for fish – saying no to changes to the law that would gut legal protection for fish habitat.  Wildlife organizations and local governments that the government says are on-side are saying no.  First Nations and former Fisheries Ministers are saying no.  And ordinary Canadians are saying no.  And, thanks to public opposition, the government has not brought its weakened Fisheries Act into law, as yet.  We need to keep the pressure up.

A great many Canadians, from many different backgrounds, have been standing up for fish – saying no to changes to the law that would gut legal protection for fish habitat.  And, thanks to public opposition, the government has not brought its weakened Fisheries Act into law, as yet.  We need to keep the pressure up.  Fortunately, some of the opposition to the gutted fish habitat protection is coming from places you (a

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