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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.

 

  

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Monday, September 1, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Remembering Devon Jacobs Aug. 19, 2014

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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