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RCEN e-Bulletin — 25 March 2009

Network News — March 25th, 2009

Environmental Assessment in the News

Over the past few months, there have been many news reports about the federal government’s plans to seek “regulatory efficiencies” for projects subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), among other proposed changes.

Members of the RCEN’s Environmental Planning and Assessment Caucus are concerned that these new regulatory changes will severely compromise the goals and practices of sustainable development in Canada. In fact, federal environmental assessment provides critical information, and sometimes the only assessment review, on project proposals across the country.

In order to inform the public debate about this issue, members of the Caucus are encouraging concerned citizens and groups to consult and share several information documents posted on the EPA Caucus webpage, and to express their concerns by sending a letter to the Minister of the Environment.

Canadians not quitting on the environment

According to a February poll conducted by Ipsos Reid, a majority (57%) of Canadians agree that Canada should take serious action on climate change right now, even if it means higher deficits. Furthermore, three-quarters of Canadians say we should only adopt stimulus measures that are environmentally sustainable, while 71 per cent say it's more important for the government to focus on jobs than climate change. Sounds like a strong case for green jobs!

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Posted March 26, 2009 by Anonymous

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