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From Oolichan to Enbridge: Getting to the Heart of Cumulative Impacts Management in the Northwest

14 January, 2013

In November 2012, 170 resource management practitioners, scientists, academics, and community members came together at a conference in Smithers, BC  entitled “Adding it All Up: Balancing Benefits and Effects of Resource Development”. The conference, organized by the Bulkley Valley Research Centre, focused on the issue of cumulative impacts management in the northwest region of BC. Gerald Amos from the Headwaters Initiative and a member of the Haisla Nation captures the challenges and opportunities facing the region in his remarks at the conference, excerpts of which we reprint as a guest post. 

A guest blog post from Gerald Amos, Headwaters Initiative

The Smoking Gun: Who was the real author of the 2012 omnibus bills?

11 January, 2013

Kudos to Greenpeace Canada for finding something of a smoking gun exposing  the role of the oil and gas industry in the gutting of Canada’s environmental laws.  Greenpeace has released a letter from the Energy Framework Initiative (EFI), representing every major oil and gas industry association, asking that the government undertake a major overhaul of six critical environmental statutes that inconvenienced the industry.  Five of the statutes have since been replaced or seen major amendments through the dismantling of our country’s environmental safety net s in omnibus bills C-38 and C-45, and further amendments are expected in the near future.  As we’ve said before, passing laws to placate one industry is going to mean bad laws that don’t protect Canadians.  In the short and long run chopping up Canada’s environmental safety net to placate industry harms our environment and the economy,and in the long run it undercuts the social licence of the industry. In the long run, everybody loses.

Kudos to Greenpeace Canada for finding something of a smoking gun exposing  the role of the oil and gas industry in the gutting of Canada’s environmental laws.  Greenpeace has released a letter from the Energy Framework Initiative (EFI), representing every major oil and gas industry association, asking that the government undertake a major overhaul of six critical environmental statutes that inconvenienced the industry.  Five

Raising your voice for the Enbridge JRP (in Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna)

3 January, 2013

Well, tomorrow (January 4th) the Enbridge Joint Review Panel arrives in Victoria.  It’s in Vancouver on January 14th, and in Kelowna on the 28th.  So this is a big month in the southern part of our province for those concerned about the Enbridge Pipeline and Tanker Project. As you may have heard, the general public will not be invited to attend these meetings to watch the presentations from concerned citizens, but we're now learning that even those who are registered to speak can't attend in person to watch their fellow presenters.  But, whether you’re registered to speak or not, there will be plenty going on.

Well, tomorrow (January 4th) the Enbridge Joint Review Panel arrives in Victoria.  It’s in Vancouver on January 14th, and in Kelowna on the 28th.  So this is a big month in the southern part of our province for those concerned about the Enbridge Pipeline and Tanker Project. 

Federal government balking at first small step to rebuild Environmental Assessment

18 December, 2012

Together with our allies, we are continuing to hold the federal government's feet to the fire to minimize the fall out from "budget" bill C-38 in relation to the new Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012. The so-called consultation process for CEAA 2012's critical Project LIst continues - currently a document virtually copied and pasted from the previous Act - and we're asking the Minister to make good on the government's consultation and amendment promises

Nerd alert: Discussion of tedious yet vital regulatory procedure ahead.

Living Democracy from the Ground Up: Why Local Voices Matter

6 December, 2012

Living Democracy from the Ground Up is a mini-documentary series produced by West Coast Environmental Law that takes an up close and personal look and the impacts that individuals could feel on the ground from rollbacks to our environmental laws. The stories in the series demonstrate how robust and participatory environmental assessment is important to real people and communities and how consulting local people in the process leads to better projects. As Justice Thomas Berger says in Part 3 of the series, “that’s a lesson in democracy.”

“This is your future, you tell me what you want me to know about all this.” – Justice Tom Berger

Gutting Canada’s environmental laws = increased litigation

6 December, 2012

Almost a year ago, Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, made an unfounded accusation that environmental organizations were adopting "a quintessential American approach:  sue everyone and anyone to delay the project even further."  Now, one year later, it's become clear that the government's attack on Canada's environmental laws are forcing environmental, and other, interests into the courts.  What does this mean for Canada's environment and environmental movement?

It’s been almost a year since Natural Resources Minister, Joe Oliver, attacked Canadian environmental groups in an open letter as “radicals”.  Lots has been said since then about the Minister’s inflammatory rhetoric, but very little has been said about this statement:

Citizens to Ottawa: We will not be shut out of environmental decisions

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New mini-documentary series highlights what is at stake if rollbacks to Canada’s environmental laws continue in Bill C-45

 

Environmental groups, First Nations join in opposition to omnibus Bill C-45

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Massive bill before Parliament further undermines Canadian democracy and environment, groups say in open letter

TORONTO –First Nations and environmental, recreation and grassroots groups supported by more than half a million Canadianstoday issued an open letter opposing the federal government’s controversial second omnibus bill, C-45, as the proposed legislation enters final rounds of debate in Parliament this week.

CEAA 2012 – On the Ground

7 November, 2012

Jay Nelson has a unique perspective on the new Canadian Environmental Assessment act, 2012 (CEAA 2012); as the lawyer for the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) in the current environmental assessment of the controversial New Prosperity mine project at Fish Lake (Teztan Biny), he has been grappling with how CEAA 2012 works on the ground.  In a recent webinar Jay shared the opportunities and challenges posed by CEAA 2012. 

Jay Nelson has a unique perspective on the new Canadian Environmental Assessment act, 2012 (CEAA 2012).  Jay has been representing the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) in the current environmental assessment (EA) of the controversial New Prosperity mine project at Fish Lake (Teztan Biny) in BC’s Chilcotin Region, and so has been grappling with how CEAA 2012 works on the ground.

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