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In the spring of 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development launched a review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). This week, the Committee tabled its Report: a hefty document entitled Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians, Healthy Economy: Strengthening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. The Report makes key recommendations to strengthen and improve the CEPA, and as there have been no substantial reviews or changes to the Act since 1999, we are excited and encouraged by this development. The world is constantly evolving, and it's crutial that our legislation evolve with it so that Canada's environmental laws remain responsive to current scientific knowledge and public need.
Halifax, NS - Sierra Club Canada Foundation and East Coast Environmental Law are hosting a panel discussion on the case to stop the Digby Quarry and implications of trade agreements on our ability to protect the environment.
Last year, Sierra Club Canada Foundation and East Coast Environmental Law joined the legal battle to stop Bilcon from collecting $100 million from the Canadian government because a NAFTA Tribunal found that the US company had been treated unfairly in their efforts to start a quarry on Digby Neck. This case - which brings environmental assessment and our ability to stop environmentally destructive projects into question - is now making its slow way through the courts.
Meanwhile, US President Trump has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and opened up NAFTA for re-negotiation, and Canada has begun consulting with Canadians on a new deal. Our panel will discuss the original agreement and implications of the battle to stop the Digby Quarry, and offer expertise on opportunities for positive reform in the context of NAFTA re-negotiations.
Ben Beachy, Senior Policy Advisor for the Sierra Club US Responsible Trade Program
Janet Eaton, Trade Policy Advisor, Sierra Club Canada Foundation
Lisa Mitchell, Executive Director, East Coast Environmental Law
WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WHERE: Room 104, Weldon Law Building, Schulich School of Law, 6061 University Ave, Halifax, NS
Interviews with speakers available upon request.
Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Program Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation
Mobile: 1-902-444-7096 / Email:- [email protected]
Join us for the sixth and last session of the Capping Carbon | Trading Talk panel series on Thursday, June 29th, from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Ondaatje Hall (Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences Building) at Dalhousie University.
Panelists Meinhard Doelle, Kate Ervine, and Stephen Thomas will discuss their visions for a cap-and-trade system for Nova Scotia, followed by a Q&A session and discussion with the public.
Lisa Mitchell, Executive Director of ECELAW, will be moderating.
This event is free of charge, and all are welcome.
Can't make it in person? Watch it livestreamed via Facebook Live on the Ecology Action Centre's Facebook page.