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Fishing communities throughout the Atlantic, Quebec, and British Columbia, employ thousands of people and are the hidden socio-economic success story of Canada’s fishery policy, writes Melanie Sonnenberg of the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Federation. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Canada moves one step closer to protecting its fishing communities

The new legislation, which is making its way through the Senate, restore the integrity of our fisheries policies by making it clear that the fisheries minister has the authority to make decisions and adopt policies that protect fishermen and the communities that rely on them.
The federal government ought to use its granting-agency funding structure to support research in centres of expertise and innovation without slashing funding to colleges and universities.
Five MPs were sworn in as new ministers, expanding the front bench to 35 from 30, while 11 existing cabinet members were shuffled to new posts or had their titles and responsibilities altered. No one was dropped.
This year’s historic federal investment in protected areas and species at risk signalled a turnaround: Canada wants to take back the conservation lead, writes Aran O'Carroll of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
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Opinion|Dan Kraus
There is no opportunity for wildlife to recover if their habitat is lost, says Dan Kraus, a conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Solving climate change won’t protect species if, in our race to reduce carbon emissions, their habitat disappears.
Opinion|Farrah Khan
If there’s one thing this crisis doesn’t need, it’s another voluntary, non-legally binding charter that doesn’t require action from participating nations.
Companies currently permitted to explore for deposits or hold on to discoveries in Arctic waters have waited in uncertainty since December 2016 over whether they can continue to operate.
Opinion|Megan Leslie
WWF-Canada and four other conservation organizations, represented by Ecojustice, are calling on the federal government to use the tools available to it in the Species at Risk Act and enact an emergency order to provide immediate protections for southern resident orcas.
'Sharks are integral to the well-being of marine ecosystems. They are also, unfortunately, highly vulnerable to human exploitation. Scientific research has shown that shark populations are rapidly declining at a critical rate, threatening many shark species with extinction.'
Transport Minister Garneau introduces the government's overarching transportation plan, Transportation 2030, in Nov. 2016.
Canadians and our governments should focus less on patting ourselves on the back and more on doing better for nature.
This government has promised to restore lost protections in it. Here’s how it can modernize this important law.
As the country with the longest coastline, we have a vested interest in security on the seas.
Their proposed changes to environmental assessment policy will do little to help bring us to a sustainable and just future.
Fish harvesters and the opposition Conservatives are nervous about the fast pace at which the government is planning to preserve ocean territory.
The feds are spending billions on replacements, but most larger ships are not expected to arrive until at least 2025.
It’s no longer acceptable to stand by idly as the effects of global climate change permanently alter our Arctic landscape.
Our Arctic strategy must make its top priority keeping the permafrost cold.
Managing this beautiful but fragile part of Canada responsibly would further reinforce our position that the waters of the Arctic archipelago are internal waters, and that the Northwest Passage is not an international strait.
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