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Friday FTW: A new bill proposes environmental rights for Canadians

kim hart macneill

The people of Sydney, Nova Scotia waited decades for their governments to come to an agreement to clean up this disgusting mess left behind by 100 years of steel production. If the Environmental Bill of Rights is passed, other Canadians wont have to wait so long for action.

The people of Sydney, Nova Scotia waited decades for their governments to come to an agreement to clean up this disgusting mess left behind by nearly one hundred years of steel production. If the Environmental Bill of Rights is passed, other Canadians won't have to wait so long for action.

The tide may finally be turning on environmental action from the Canadian government. The Canadian Environmental Bill of Rights had its first reading in the house yesterday afternoon, and our fingers are crossed.

Ecojustice, formerly the Sierra Legal Defense Fund, drafted similar legislation last year, in hopes of giving Canadians a legal means of protecting their health and their environment. The bill draws upon similar legislation from the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon. Worldwide, 130 other countries have similar legislation in their constitutions.

The adoption of this bill would be a real step toward cleaning up Canada’s disappointing record on the environment. It would give Canadians the right to a healthy and ecologically balanced environment, the ability to call for an investigation against the government in cases of environmental abuse, and protection for whistleblowers.

Let’s hope our politicians can stop acting like children long enough to read it.

[Creative Commons photo credit to Richard001]

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