Summer 2019 Newsletter
Narwhal:B.C. has a whopping 1,807 species at risk of extinction — but no rules to protect them. Link
Change.org– Good News!: Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions to stop the shark fintrade in Canada, ban the sale of ivory, target major companies (Kellogg’s etc) to help stop deforestation, stop the BC grizzly bear hunt, and ban microbeads.
Leaf Blower Health Hazard:2.5 million are in use in Canada – they pulverize dust, manure, paper etc and mix with about 30% of the unused gas from the blower…Listen to thepodcast
Canadian Centre For Policy Alternativesresearch shows that although BC’s carbon tax increased gas prices only 1.2 cents per litre, higher prices are due to excess profits going to big oil companies. The CCPA is asking BC to regulate gas prices (already done in the Maritimes).
Sierra Club Canada Foundationreports that via Bill C-69 the federal government expects nuclear projects to go ahead without any impact assessment being done. It benefits the nuclear industry but not the environment, public health and safety, or the rights of indigenous communities.
Watersheds:The Polis Water Sustainability Projectreleasedthe Handbook for Water Champions: Strengthening Decision-Making and Collaboration for Healthy Watersheds.It is a practical guide for local groups, collaborative organizations, and Indigenous and Crown governments seeking to better understand watershed governance.
Lost world:UN report shows Nature at death's door https://news.yahoo.com/lost-world-un-report-shows-nature-deaths-door-151119912.html?soc_src=community&soc_trk=maRatom
EverGreen:Public spaces make cities more people-oriented[Smart Cities Dive]
Change.org:Indigenours Community near Kawakawa Lke on the Coquihalla have to restrict water use during summer drought because Nestle has the rights from our government to take water all the time.
LeadNow:Canadians toss 31 million tonnes of plastic waste per year. Does Canada have a ‘zero waste’ policy yet? Canadian Freshwater Alliance:The Oil & Gas Industry did 80% of lobbying for Bill C-69to kill the bill that would restore some lost protections to navigable waters and install other environmental provisions.
Evidence For Democracy:The report Investing in Canadian Climate Science, identifies weakness and strengths in allocation of funds for climate science.
Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship:click here to read the articleon secondary poisoning of wildlife.
2. FROM IISD:
*Forests Feed fish!Check out details via these facts on carbon.
*Sustainability:Many governments have signed on to adopt Sustainable Development Goals. This handbookgives you tools to ensure your government protects civic space and environment and doesn’t ‘backslide’…
*World Bank Accountability:Communities may be able to sue financial institutions when development causes harm.
*Fossil Fuel Subsidies:50 countries are making some effort to reduce them.
* Paying For Clean Energy:Our study finds redirecting 10 - 30 % of annual fossil fuel subsidies would fund the shift.
*Circular Economy:New projections of job changes in Finland have implications for the wider world.
* Gender: Explore why governments need to build climate change plans with women in mind.
3. ECOJUSTICEis demanding an enquiry into misleading labelling… “flushable” wipes, cloths, diaper liners etc are not flushable and have an alarming impact on the environment. Unlike ordinary toilet paper, these products clog pipes, harm the environment, and damage our sewage systems. Yearly damage (and cost to Canada’s taxpayers) $250 million.
4. ECOJUSTICE and DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATIONargued in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal that the federal government should be able to introduce laws that unite all of Canada in the fight against climate change, specifically because climate change is such a pressing issue that it counts as a national emergency. The Court ruled that the federal government has the power to set a minimum national price on greenhouse gas emissions.
5. DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATIONreports that Regina passed a motion to become a 100 per cent renewable energy city by 2050! (Why not here?!?) As well theytrained 70 Butterflyway Rangersand includedtips on howto create your very own pollinator paradise .
6. Pollinator Case Against Thiamethoxam Neonicotinoids:Various environmental groups presented information to show that Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has failed to live up to its legal responsibilities as a regulator by continuing to regulate the pesticide without understanding their impact on ecosystems..The PMRA recognized that Thiamethoxam presented an unacceptable risk to bees and other pollinators but decided to allow it to be used for another two years. The courts chose not to decide. EcoJustice will now challenge PMRA’s 2 year ‘phase-out’ period for the neonicotinoid “thiamethoxam”.