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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
Sunday, December 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Maher, Den Tandt's Barrack Hill Balladeers perform at Tunes for Ottawa Food Bank shindig at D'Arcy's, Dec. 17 Dec. 18, 2014

Photograph courtesy of Dylan Robertson
D'Arcy McGees was packed on Wednesday night as Hill journalists, staffers. GR and PR folks came out to raise money for the Ottawa Food Bank.
Photograph courtesy of Mark Bourrie
Stephen Maher and Michael Den Tant performing alongside fellow Barrack Hill Balladeers at D'Arcy's Wednesday night.
Photograph courtesy of Stephen Maher
Mark Fraser and Bobby Watt start off the evening with Irish folk song Carrickfergus.
Embassy News Photograph courtesy of Laura Beaulne-Stuebing
Mark Fraser, Stephen Maher, Michael Den Tant and Celeste Côté.
The Hill Times photograph by Rachel Aiello
The Barrack Hill Balladeers had been practising for a while before their performance, said Stephen Maher. The crowd enjoyed them.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE