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Constitutional environmental protection: moving forward instead of backward

Canada is one of a shrinking minority of countries whose supreme law, the Constitution, is silent on the environment. Environmental rights and/or responsibilities are now found in the constitutions of more than 150 nations.

Photograph courtesy of David R. Boyd
It’s the environment: David R. Boyd writes that Bills C-38 and C-45 would have been identified as unconstitutional by the Department of Justice and removed before these laws were introduced if Canada included environmental protection in its Constitution. Bills C-38 and C-45 substantially weakened the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Fisheries Act, while also eliminating the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, he writes.

 

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Constitutional environmental protection: moving forward instead of backward

Canada is one of a shrinking minority of countries whose supreme law, the Constitution, is silent on the environment. Environmental rights and/or responsibilities are now found in the constitutions of more than 150 nations.

Photograph courtesy of David R. Boyd
It’s the environment: David R. Boyd writes that Bills C-38 and C-45 would have been identified as unconstitutional by the Department of Justice and removed before these laws were introduced if Canada included environmental protection in its Constitution. Bills C-38 and C-45 substantially weakened the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Fisheries Act, while also eliminating the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, he writes.

 

  

Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, March 6, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

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ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
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NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
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First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
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First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
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After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
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Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
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First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
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ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
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First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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