Friday, January 11, 2008

I have recently seen more evidence that the Harper Government opposes environmental protection.
First, there is the federal government’s appeal of the Federal Court decision that the Red Chris mine project must have full environmental assessment to proceed. This means public consultation must take place unless the government lawyers win the appeal. I strenuously object to my tax dollars being use on government lawyers to ensure the environment cab be destroyed!
Second, is the governments cutting of the grants to the recovery programme for the Eastern loggerhead shrikes. There are only 24 nesting pairs in the wild and the funding was part of the cost of the captive breading programme through such organizations as the Toronto Zoo. To date 43 of the loggerheads breed in captivity had been released.
Third, is the federal governments failure to protect the Nooksack dace as the government removed specific, key sections from the scientist’s plan to protect its habitate. The dace now joins the spotted owl and piping plover as examples of the government failure to honor a law that requires the identifying and protecting of the homes of endangered species.
We know that the loss of each species puts the risk of a healthy viable environment that we all depend on for our long term well being in jeopardy.

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