Environmental Law Alert Blog: Let’s talk parks – and let’s talk marine protection

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 If you value parks as a way to protect biodiversity, there are two chances for you to speak up: Parks Canada is currently seeking public feedback on parks through its website, Let’s Talk Parks, and regulations for a proposed new marine protected area (MPA) for the Scott Islands are also open for ...

reeves report: Environmental Groups Pin Slim Hopes for Rouge Park Changes to Senate

Rouge Park in autumn. Canada’s Rouge National Urban Park Act began second reading in the Senate earlier this week after sailing through the House of Commons is just six months. Tobias C. Enverga Jr., a Stephen Harper appointed Senator for Ontario, is acting as the bill’s sponsor in the Senate. On Monday this week, Enverga ...

reeves report: Contentious Rouge Park Bill Passes Third Reading

Despite united opposition against the proposed National Urban Park, Conservative Bill C-40 passed third reading Monday. The legislation is now on its way to the Tory-dominated Senate for further review. Orchard Trail in Rouge Park. The passage of Bill C-40 in Ottawa earlier this week, creating the country’s first National Urban Park in Toronto’s Rouge ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Sleepy Yellowhead by-election set for November 17

TweetA big Conservative win is inevitable in this rural Alberta riding When recently resigned Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield was appointed by Premier Jim Prentice as Alberta’s Representative in Washington D.C., many political watchers in Alberta were caught by surprise. It was known that the MP was spending an increasing amount of time lobbying American politicians in the Capitol and I ...

reeves report: Ontario and Ottawa face off over fate of Rouge Park lands

A STANDOFF IS BREWING east of Toronto in the Rouge Valley between Queen’s Park and the federal government over the proposed Rouge National Urban Park. Ontario Infrastructure Minister Brad Duguid made it clear to federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq that the province would not hand 5,400 acres of land it owns, stretching from Lake Ontario ...

reeves report: Province urged to hold off on Rouge land transfer

A coalition of worried environmental groups is calling on Premier Kathleen Wynne to refrain from transferring provincially owned land in Scarborough to Ottawa over fears that ecological protections in Bill C-40, the Rouge National Urban Park Act, are substantially weaker than those already in place. Days after the federal Conservatives called C-40 for second reading ...

Drive-by Planet: Ottawa hush job: Parks Canada employees latest to be silenced

CBC reports that Parks Canada employees are being muzzled by the feds – not permitted to criticize the agency or the federal government. Employees have received letters of warning to that effect. This is happening at a time when the agency has been cutting hundreds of jobs. CBC: Workers are not supposed to speak about ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Parks Canada carnage sideswipes Jasper with nary a peep from local Tory MP

Will the last person to leave Jasper please turn out the lights? A view of Beauvert Lake, near the Jasper townsite, as the sun sets. Below: Anchors Aweigh! There’ll be nothing at all like this for the good people of Jasper from their Conservative MP, Rob Merrifield. Rob who? Where’s Rob Merrifield, the Conservative MP ...