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Prominent Canadian Human Rights lawyer says environmentalists, and Canadians at large, have the right to advocate for environmental protection, and says there needs to be more free speech, not less, on economic development projects that threaten environmental sustainability in Canada.
Here is a collection of interviews on CBC about the changes to environmental assessment review in Canada, and the attempts to silence critics.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is among the opposition MPs who are demanding the government remove environment-related policy changes from the budget implementation bill.
How the Conservatives stole environmental protection (April 30, 2012) http://www.ipolitics.ca/2012/04/30/elizabeth-may-how-the-conservatives-stole-...
Resource development a rocky road for feds (April 28, 2012) http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/27/pol-responsible-resource-dev...
Opposition MPs demand separate environment bill (April 27, 2012) http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/27/pol-budget-environment.html
Suzuki and Tree-Huggers: Prepare for War (April 27, 2012) http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/gerald-mceachern/suzuki-foundation_b_1457523.htm...
Budget bill contains environment policy overhaul (April 26, 2012) http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/04/26/pol-budget-implementation-bi...
Read the Budget Implementation Bill, tabled on March 29, 2012 http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/347684-budgetimplementationbill.html
The Harper Budget: Assault on the Environment for Big Oil Profits: Roundup of Canadian Environmental NGO Responses (April 16, 2012) http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/main-page/harper-budget-assault-
Beth Wallace, who works with the National Wildlife Federation and also grew up in Battle Creek, Michigan, describes the devastation of the Enbridge oil spill into the Kalamazoo River in July 2010. Enbridge wants to build the Northern Gateway pipeline to transport Alberta tar sands oil through the Rocky Mountains to Kitimat, British Columbia on the Pacific Coast.
This presentation was part of the Think Pipeline Speaking Tour in late 2010 which visited 8 communities in B.C. including Prince George, Vanderhoof, Houston, Burns Lake, Smithers, Terrace, Prince Rupert, and Kitimat. The sponsoring organizations included Friends of the Wild Salmon, Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance, Friends of Morice Bulkley, SkeenaWild, Northwest Watch, Douglas Channel Watch, and Prince Rupert Environmental Society.
Spill from Hell: Diluted Bitumen (March 5, 2012) http://thetyee.ca/News/2012/03/05/Diluted-Bitumen/
For more on the Think Pipeline Speaking tour, see:
Friends of Wild Salmon http://friendsofwildsalmon.ca/news/article/thinkpipeline