Have your say on Canada's Environmental Assessment Process
Canada's Environmental Assessment system is broken, but together we can fix it.
The original 1992 Canadian Environmental Assessment Act was gutted in 2012, but the federal government is now taking input on how to put Canada back on track. They're hearing from citizens and organizations until Dec. 23, and they need to hear from you.
If our environmental assessment system worked, the Site C dam in British Columbia might never have been approved.
The federal government has set up a system for taking comments through their online Choicebook. This is a really important, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to tell the government what matters to you today.
On Monday, Dec. 12, Candace Batycki, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative's program director for B.C. and Yukon, was proud to present to the panel on behalf of Y2Y.
She told them that we need stronger science to guide decision-making. That we need to put sustainability first, for our environmental, social, cultural and economic well-being. And we must make sure everybody has a chance to be heard, and decisions are made in the context of government-to-government discussions with First Nations.
Candace put all of this in the context of Site C, which has the largest number of significant adverse impacts in the history of environmental assessment in Canada.
Site C will have such severe impacts on wildlife that some species might not be recoverable. First Nations fighting Site C in court have called it "cultural genocide."
We must work together to ensure future major projects are subject to robust environmental assessments, so we never have to fight another Site C. Please make your voice heard today.
Together, we can fix our broken environmental assessment laws.
Thank you for standing up for what matters.