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Senate Finance Commitee Protects the Environment

Posted July 12, 2010 by LSC

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Edmonton, AB, 9 July 2010 – In the past few months, the Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has been actively involved in campaigning against amendments that could render the environmental assessment process ineffectual, needlessly exposing the environment, the Canadian public, and future generations to unknown and potentially irreversible risks by providing the Minister of Environment with discretion to reduce the scope of activities for which an assessment is conducted.

On July 8th, the Senate Finance Committee voted to delete amendments related to environmental assessments from the government’s budget bill. The Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is pleased with the Senate Finance Committee’s decision.

“The Senate Finance Committee members have taken a stand for due process.” says Laura Bowman, Staff Counsel with the ELC. “Now any proposed amendments can be subject to consultation through the House review later this year: a more open and accessible process.”

The amended budget will be subject to a further vote by the full Senate on Monday. “We hope that the Senate will respect the Finance Committee’s decision” says Laura Bowman, “Restoring the amendments would undermine the full review and put environmental groups at a serious disadvantage in seeking environmental protection for Canadians.”

Contact: Adam Driedzic, Staff Counsel, Environmental Law Centre, 1–800-661–4238 or adriedzic@elc.ab.ca.

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Saskatchewan River Delta Symposium & Stewardship Discussion Session

Posted June 28, 2010 by LSC

Straddling the provincial borders of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan River Delta is rich in biodiversity providing important habitat for hundreds of species of birds, mammals and fish. It is the largest inland river delta in North America, totaling approximately 9,500 square kilometers. It also plays an important role for the First Nations and other communities in the area. Human influences within the Saskatchewan River Delta have been significant, and it is important to raise awareness of this sensitive and critical habitat.

On September 14 – 15, 2010 at the Wescana Inn in The Pas, Manitoba, Partners for the Saskatchewan River Basin (PFSRB) is hosting a mini symposium to bring researchers, natural resource managers, policy makers and local stakeholders together to heighten awareness of and share information about the Saskatchewan River Delta.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 – Mini Delta Symposium
The one day mini symposium will cover current and historical research and knowledge of the delta. It is in follow-up to the Saskatchewan River Delta Symposium…Past, Present and Future (April 2008) and a basin wide watershed leadership meeting (October 2009). This symposium will cover current and historical research and knowledge of the delta including:

  • Water resources and dynamics
  • Ecosystems and changes
  • Human activities
  • Social and economic aspects
  • Land use

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 – Stewardship Discussion Session
This will be an exciting opportunity for participants to share information and brainstorm stewardship ideas for the Saskatchewan River Delta. It will begin with several presentations and follow up with an organized brainstorming session. Results of this brainstorming session will be posted on the website www.saskriverbasin.ca.

For more information on this two-day event please contact Jennifer or Lis at 306–665-6887, or visit www.saskriverbasin.ca.


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