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Fisheries minister’s discretionary authority over ocean resources expands with C-38

Leading marine expert says the reforms give Cabinet, Minister greater authority with less oversight.

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times
Minister’s power: Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, pictured last week with Alberta Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell. Jeffrey Hutchings, a professor of marine ecology at Dalhousie, said the revisions to the Fisheries Act will allow Cabinet to make decisions and exercise discretion concerning the Fisheries Act. ‘Given that Cabinet communications are confidential, Canadians will have virtually no ability to examine or understand the reasons behind why discretion was exercised in a particular situation,’ said Prof. Hutchings.

Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield spent his first year on the file promoting regulatory reform, and the changes that he and other members of government have been touting over the past year are set to expand Cabinet’s discretion over ocean resources.

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Fisheries minister’s discretionary authority over ocean resources expands with C-38

Leading marine expert says the reforms give Cabinet, Minister greater authority with less oversight.

Photograph by Jake Wright, The Hill Times
Minister’s power: Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield, pictured last week with Alberta Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell. Jeffrey Hutchings, a professor of marine ecology at Dalhousie, said the revisions to the Fisheries Act will allow Cabinet to make decisions and exercise discretion concerning the Fisheries Act. ‘Given that Cabinet communications are confidential, Canadians will have virtually no ability to examine or understand the reasons behind why discretion was exercised in a particular situation,’ said Prof. Hutchings.

Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield spent his first year on the file promoting regulatory reform, and the changes that he and other members of government have been touting over the past year are set to expand Cabinet’s discretion over ocean resources.

  

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Monday, March 2, 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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