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August 8, 2012

News Release: Federal Government Misleading Canadians…

…which isn’t news in itself, but the latest latest report from Environment Canada, as released by Peter Kent, the “Environment Minister”, suggests that… 

“This is the result of our government’s realistic, sector-by-sector approach to reducing emissions, while continuing to create jobs and encourage economic growth,” Kent told reporters Wednesday.

Of course, those of us who have watched the Conservatives since they gained the majority know that practically nothing they say is true, as this news release from the David Suzuki Foundation confirms:

 

Federal climate report misleads Canadians

Government is taking credit for provincial action

For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     August 8, 2012

 

VANCOUVER – The federal government is misleading Canadians with its latest report on greenhouse gas emissions trends. Despite the claims made by Environment Minister Peter Kent, the government has done very little to achieve its weak targets.

“The federal government is attempting to take credit for climate change action taken by the provinces, while gutting and cutting programs and institutions that had been helping with climate policy,” says Ian Bruce, David Suzuki Foundation climate change and clean energy specialist.

As noted in the David Suzuki Foundation report “All Over the Map 2012: A Comparison of Provincial Climate Change Plans”, much of Canada’s emissions reductions can be attributed to provincial initiatives such as Ontario’s phase out of coal-fired power, Nova Scotia’s regulations to cap and reduce coal emissions, B.C.’s carbon tax incentive for clean energy, and Quebec’s public transit improvements.

Meanwhile, the government has cut institutions such as the national Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, and been criticized by the Office of the Auditor General of Canada for the lack of a clear plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In October 2011, the Environment Commissioner reported that the federal government’s strategy is “disjointed, confused and non transparent” and that the government’s policies are now projected to be 90 per cent weaker than they were in 2007.

The figures released today by the federal government are also based on revised baselines and accounting rules for greenhouse gas pollution.

“Rather than trying to put a positive spin on its lack of accountability on the environment, the federal government should join forces with leading provincial governments to help Canada become a world leader in solving global warming,” Bruce says. “With this summer shaping up to be the hottest on record, Canadians need and deserve real action on global warming, which would provide numerous economic and health benefits. The government must start representing the interests of all Canadians and not just the oil industry.”

 

 

 

May 11, 2011

Conserving and Creating–Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

CPAWS, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society has produced a new promotional video–check it out.

March 30, 2011

Elizabeth May Denied Participation

From the Green Party:

The Old Boys’ Club is at it again. Elizabeth May has been denied entry into the televised leaders’ debates.

Instead of speaking up to defend true democracy, other party leaders seem relieved—perhaps due to the glowing reviews Elizabeth received after her first appearance in the 2008 debates.

What kind of democracy excludes a party with the support of one million of its citizens?

What kind of democracy allows a handful of TV executives to decide that a party that only runs candidates in one province has more right to be in a national leaders’ debate than a party with candidates in every riding?

In the last election, your voices won Elizabeth her rightful place in the debates. We can’t believe that we have to ask you to rally on her behalf yet again. But we do.

Here’s what you can do:

With your help, Elizabeth will show Canadians why Greens belong in the House of Commons. And why there’s no debate that she belongs in the debates.

 

March 26, 2011

Canadian Election – Get Out of the Rut

Take sides.

Harper and his Conservative minority government are found to be contemptible.

Harper says, “You win some, you lose some“.

So…deceiving Canadians is OK?

Ignatief ‘s Liberals are old-school and foundering.

Layton is tough, but can he lead a country?

I know the Green Party can’t win. However, the more seats they get the higher their profile will become. Elizabeth May needs a seat in Parliament so that Canadians can see her raise the level of debate.

And it all depends on those on the Saanich-Gulf Islands.

Ditch Conservative incumbent Gary Lunn. Stand up for someone with honor.

Democracy ain’t great in a two-party state. Voting strategically means no hope for other parties.

Vote Green.

March 26, 2011

Earth Hour Tonight!

From WWF:

Climate change is the biggest environmental threat to our planet and the number one concern for Canadians. We are already seeing its impacts. Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way to show that you want to be a part of the solution and sends a powerful message to others that together we can make a difference.

Want to participate? Visit Earth Hour now.

November 25, 2010

Canada Fail: Fishing in Marine Protected Areas

From a Media Release by Living Oceans Society:

VANCOUVER– Fishing is allowed in all but one percent of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) on Canada’s Pacific coast, according to a study conducted by Living Oceans Society and published in Marine Policy this month. This is in spite of the fact tha tover half of the MPAs are officially rated as “strictly protected” and are intended to prohibit all fishing.

Kim Wright, Marine Planning and Protected Areas Campaign Manager for Living Oceans Society

“Marine Protected Areas should be safe havens where species can regenerate, but the great majority of our MPAs are really just paper parks that offer almost nothing in the way of ocean conservation or sustainable fisheries,” says Kim Wright, Living Oceans Society’s Marine Planning and Protected Areas Campaign Manager.

To build an effective network of MPAs, federal, provincial and municipal government agencies that designate MPAs need to ensure that the appropriate fishing closures are put in place by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). The Marine Policy article, Commercial Fisheries Closures in Marine Protected Areas on Canada’s Pacific Coast: The Exception, not the Rule, reveals all levels of government are failing to coordinate their efforts and provide real protection for the ocean ecosystem.

Dr. Isabelle Côté, a Marine Protected Area specialist and professor at Simon Fraser University says that this study emphasizes the need to improve our network of MPAs if we want to reap the benefits. “Marine reserves, in which no fishing is permitted, increase the abundance and diversity of marine life within their boundaries,” says Côté. “This study shows that the MPAs on Canada’s Pacific coast are less likely to show the same positive effects.”

PNCIMA Map

Living Oceans Society is calling on the federal and provincial governments to address this issue coast wide, starting with the region known as the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) which extends from Vancouver Island north to the Alaska Border. The federal government, First Nations governments and stakeholders are currently working together to develop a marine plan for this region. According to Living Oceans Society, this is the perfect opportunity for all parties to work together to upgrade and improve the existing network of MPAs.

This will also help Canada live up to its international commitment, through the Convention on Biological Diversity, to build a network of MPAs by 2012 that encompasses 10 percent of every habitat type globally.

“As the nation with the longest coastline in the world, it is shocking so few MPAs exist and that fishing is allowed in almost all of them, including those classified as strictly protected,” says Wright.

 

November 19, 2010

Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence – The Campaign

A message from CFI Canada:

On November 19th 2010 The Centre for Inquiry Canada will be launching the Extraordinary Claims Campaign.

The Extraordinary Claims Campaign will feature bus ads, educational events and online discussions to challenge well-known and widely believed claims by demanding evidence as extraordinary as the claims themselves.

Why is belief in Bigfoot dismissed as delusional while belief in Allah and Christ is respected and revered? All these claims are equally outlandish and demand critical examination.

At CFI Canada we challenge ideas and ask tough questions to promote reason, science, secularism and freedom of inquiry.

Visit the campaign site at http://www.extraordinary-claims.com
or Join and support our cause at http://www.cficanada.ca/support

Hat-tip to Sandwalk

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