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An Update, and Our Thoughts on Environmental Laws
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An Update, and Our Thoughts on Environmental Laws

[caption id="attachment_36177" align="alignleft" width="150"] Stephen Hazell, Director of Conservation and General Counsel[/caption] The next few months in Parliament will be critical to defending nature in Canada. Your voice is really needed. Several draft laws that could help reverse the decline of Canada’s endangered species and support truly sustainable development are now being debated in Parliament. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore and strengthen legal protections that were eliminated or weakened by the previous government. But the draft environmental assessment law is not nearly strong enough, and industry is already lobbying hard to weaken it further. In early February, Nature Canada shared its thoughts on the proposed bill and how this bill will impact Canadians. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCsVIJdjMxo&t=2s Here are several amendments that nature needs in the environmental assessment law.

  • Put back legal requirements. Federal decisions to regulate or provide funding to developments should not go forward until good information on the possible harm to nature is presented. Ministers should have much less much discretion in the new law to water down the assessment process.
  • Development in National Parks and National Wildlife Areas or in critical habitat for species at risk should be fully assessed as a matter of law. Nature must come first in our protected places.
  • The public must have a legal right to participate meaningfully in assessments, and the right to ask questions at hearings.
The Prime Minister and your local Member of Parliament need to hear that people support a stronger law to protect nature. Our thanks to thousands of Canadians like YOU for calling on Parliamentarians to improve the environmental assessment law and stand up to industry lobbyists.
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Budget 2018: Billion-Dollar Breakthrough for Nature Conservation
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Budget 2018: Billion-Dollar Breakthrough for Nature Conservation

Ottawa, ON (February 27, 2018)—Budget 2018 is a billion-dollar breakthrough for nature conservation according to Nature Canada. "This budget is a game-changer,” says Graham Saul, Nature Canada’s Executive Director. “We congratulate Finance Minister Morneau, Prime Minister Trudeau, and Environment Minister McKenna on making these critical investments. We think that Canada's wildlife would also applaud." Budget 2018 commits Canada to investing $1.3 billion over five years to establish new protected areas and to recover endangered and threatened species. "Investing in protected areas is the way of the future for federal, provincial and Indigenous governments, says Stephen Hazell, Nature Canada’s Director of Conservation. “Providing financial support to Indigenous governments such as the Moose Cree First Nation to protect and manage their sacred places such as the North French watershed is the right step forward to reconciliation." "Meeting Canada's international commitment to protect 17 percent of our lands and waters by 2020 will be a challenge. We need this money to make it happen,” says Hazell.  “Nature Canada and provincial and local nature groups are eager to work with governments, local and Indigenous communities, and industry to take full advantage of the opportunities to protect ecologically important places across the country, whether it’s grasslands in Saskatchewan, Carolinian forests in Ontario, Acadian forests in the Maritimes, or wetlands in British Columbia and Quebec." Nature Canada is Canada’s oldest national nature conservation charity, and is a member of the Green Budget Coalition (GBC). The GBC's recommendations for the Budget 2018 can be found here.


For media commentary please contact: Stephen Hazell, Director of Conservation and General Counsel 613 724-1908 (cell) 613 562-3447 ext. 240 shazell@naturecanada.ca To contact a French-speaking spokesperson, call: Ted Cheskey, Senior Manager of Conservation Programs 613 323 3331 (cell) For media assistance please contact: Janet Weichel McKenzie, Nature Canada Media Specialist 613-808-4642 jweichelmckenzie@gmail.com ABOUT NATURE CANADA Nature Canada is the oldest national nature conservation charity in Canada. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect more than 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat. Today, Nature Canada represents a network comprised of over 65,000 members and supporters and more than 350 nature organizations across the country with affiliates in every province. Learn how you can support our nature conservation efforts across Canada

Canada’s West Coast Wonders
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Canada’s West Coast Wonders

From the flowing streams to the old growth forests to the peak of the mighty mountains, Canada has amazing and beautiful nature to experience. One videographer, Florian Nick, travelled 5500 kilometers to explore the landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta and shared with us his experience. This video is a great reminder of how lucky we are to have these various ecosystems in Canada and how it is so important that we protect these lands for future generations. So how you can help protect our lands and waters? Join us in asking our federal government to ensure there is new funding for protected nature in the 2018 budget! If enough of us speak up, we cannot be ignored. Canada committed internationally to protecting 17% of our lands and inland waters by 2020, but we’re currently at only ten percent. Your voice today will help support our wildlife and wildlands! ALIVE | Canada 4K from Flo Nick on Vimeo.

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Parliamentarians Call for Federal Budget for Nature
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Parliamentarians Call for Federal Budget for Nature

[caption id="attachment_22697" align="alignleft" width="150"]Image of Stephen Hazell Stephen Hazell
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and General Counsel[/caption] 116 Members of Parliament and Senators have written to the Finance Minister Bill Morneau requesting that the upcoming federal budget include a “historic investment” to protect Canada’s land, freshwater and ocean. The Parliamentarian’s letter adopts the Green Budget Coalition’s request for an initial investment of $1.4-billion over the next three years to establish new National Wildlife Areas, National Parks and provincial and Indigenous protected areas, with $470-million annually to pay for the enhancement of protected areas. The Green Budget Coalition’s detailed funding request is included in its recommendations for the 2018 federal budget the Green Budget Coalition is a group of 19 of Canada's top nature and environmental organizations that is co-chaired by Nature Canada.   The Coalition and the Parliamentarians make the case that the proposed federal investment is essential to deliver on Canada’s commitment under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to protect at least 17% of Canada’s land and freshwater and 10% of our ocean by 2020. Right now the Prime Minister and federal finance minister are deciding what to fund in Budget 2018. With the support these Parliamentarians, I am excited to tell you that this could be the biggest single investment ever made to protect Canada's land, freshwater and ocean [button link="https://e-activist.com/page/17966/action/1" size="medium" target="_blank" icon="" style="light" color="red"]Please sign on to Nature Canada’s budget petition to make this investment happen.[/button]

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