what’s wrong with bill c-38

  • it’s a budget bill. yet why are none-budgetary items in this bill, which will be reviewed only by financial experts, not those who either know the proposed changes best or are affected by the proposed changes?
  • introduced only a few weeks ago, it just passed its 2nd of 3 readings, yet it wipes out decades of Canadian environmental law and policy
  • it’s undemocratic
  • 70 bills are affected, including:
    • Kyoto–repealed
    • National Round Table on Environment and Economy Act (NRTEE)–repealed
    • Fisheries Act–changed
      • passed in 1976
      • the strongest provision in Canadian environmental law; has been critical to protecting our waterways, forests, and other ecosystems crucial to fish habitat for the past 36 years.
      • Only habitat for commercial, recreational, or Aboriginal fisheries will be protected, and even then, habitat can be destroyed by permits. This means that industrial development will go unchecked, enabling the expansion of the tar-sands, and undoubtedly resulting in major destruction to fish habitat throughout Canada.
    • Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) replaced by a new Act.
      • according to elizabeth may, ‘This new Act guts the environmental assessment process itself. It has replaced a clear process with a muddled and confused regime in which environmental assessment will be severely restricted to narrow studies. This new Act limits the “environmental effects” to be studied to only address the impacts on fish, migratory birds, and marine plants. This means that destroying habitat or killing endangered species outright, in the completion of a project, appears to only be an “environmental effect” if the species is a fish, migratory bird, or marine plant.’
      • it gets worse…
      • ‘The new CEAA will allow the National Energy Board (NEB) to emerge as an environmental super agency, with
        • full power to approve the construction of pipelines in navigable waters (amending the Navigable Waters Protection Act),
        • jurisdiction over endangered species in the way of pipelines (amending the Species at Risk Act),
        • the ability to destroy habitat of endangered species’
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