Thursday, July 16, 2015

Rick Mercer Rant Slams Harper conservatives

Rick Mercer Rant Slams Harper conservatives attack on Canada's Water & Scientists > -SHARE!
View This Documentary Film, 'Sacred Spirit of Water' here >
The film provides insight on how the Harper government Omnibus Bills, Privatization of Water, Hydraulic Fracking will impact all of us, and most significantly, create awareness into what our children and grandchildren will be dealt as a result of the aftermath.
View This CBC Documentary: The Nature of Things with David Suzuki 'Shattered Ground' on Hydraulic fracking, the impacts on water and your communities. >
Harper government removes protection from 99% of Canada's 2.5 million lakes and rivers– except in Conservative ridings >
Harper's omnibus ‘Budget’ Bill C-45 Guts 99% of Canada's Protected Rivers and Lakes - Conservatives Toss Out 130 Year-Old 'Navigation Water Protection Act' to Speed Up Pipeline Construction- Over 99% of Canada's waterways are now unprotected - Canada HAD over 2.5 million protected lakes, and over 8,500 protected rivers. Canada now has ONLY 97 Protected lakes and 62 protected rivers. (90 per cent of the total of those remaining 159 protected lakes and rivers are on conservative riding territory)
"The word "environment" was suddenly deleted from a federal government website that described Conservative proposals to change the law protecting Canada's navigable waterways."
ESSENTIAL READING: Proof Harper works for the Oil Industry, not Canadians >>>
"The Act which previously provided basic protection for our Canadian waters was eliminated and its replacement is called the Navigation Protection Act. Notice first that the word "water" has been removed from the title; that will give you insight into the meat of this Act. This is a continuation of the Harper government's abandonment of responsibility to protect water and water habitats. This new acts leaves 99.9 per cent of our rivers and 99.7 per cent of our lakes without basic protection." >
"It means the removal of almost every lake and river we know from the Navigable Waters Protection Act. From one day to the next we went from 2.5 million protected lakes and rivers in Canada to 159 lakes and rivers protected. You name the river, you name the lake and it is no longer protected by this act, and this has nothing to do with the budget that the government rammed through, it has everything to do with oil pipelines, because you are able to now are able to ruin navigation and not trigger an environmental assessment."
"Major changes to the act—now called the Navigation Protection Act—mean oil and gas developers looking to build on and around lakes and rivers no longer have to notify the federal government of their plans. As a result, future projects won’t trigger a federal environmental assessment, which First Nations say undermines their right to free, prior and informed consent for construction in traditional territories."
Documents reveal oil pipeline industry changed laws in Canada (Navigable Waters' act)
"90% of 159 lakes and rivers that will now be designated as protected are in 1% conservative ridings- The list of lakes includes those surrounded by wealthy cottagers north of Toronto, in the Muskoka district of the riding held by conservative Tony Clement. Among them is Lake Rosseau, where Hollywood celebrities, business moguls and NHL stars perch on its banks.
Harper conservative government removes water protection from historic 130-year-old Canadian law >
Stephen Harper's conservative government guts Canada's environmental protections, water protection act, fishery act, and wild life act >
"Harper’s second monster budget bill dismantled environmental reviews, gutted the Fisheries Act, eliminated wildlife habitat protection, repealed the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, reduced the powers of the auditor general, dissolved the Public Appointments Commission meant to fight patronage, and restricted food safety inspections. Thousands of lakes and rivers are not covered any more by the Navigable Waters Protection Act, the Environmental Assessment Act has been shredded, and fish habitat protection disappeared from the Fisheries Act."
Harper government shuts down Canada's 'groundbreaking' freshwater research station
"Stephen Harper pulled the plug on Canada's greatest freshwater defender and scientific achievement: the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA)"
Stephen Harper Conservative's effort to privatize Canada's municipal water and wastewater systems, and the threat this poses to the accessibility of safety public water for all Canadians. >
Why is Harper Selling Canada's Fresh Water Supply to corporations?
"The Harper government has gutted every regulation and law we had in place to protect our freshwater supplies. Now this deregulation is locked in as corporations from Europe as well as the U.S. can soon claim to have invested in an environment without water protection rules and sue any future government that tries to undo the damage." -Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
"About three years ago, the Harper government tied funding to municipalities for new water infrastructure to public-private partnerships. Most people don’t know about it, but it’s quite dangerous because it locks municipalities to a private model"
Why is Harper Letting the EU Profit From Canadian Water?
"Rather rather than providing the funding needed for First Nations water infrastructure needs, the Harper government has instead seen privatization as a quick fix for the water crisis in First Nations communities and has promoted public-private partnerships through its federal budgets." >
It's Official. Stephen Harper is Privatizing Our Water
Council of Canadians Condemns Harper's Sponsorship of Water Privatization Conference >
'Why Canada's Water Is At Risk' by Maude Barlow
National Chairperson, Council of Canadians >
'Fractured Land' depicts First Nations' fight to save water from oil and gas industry
"So, at one extreme you have indigenous, tribal societies trying to stem the race to disaster. At the other extreme, the richest, most powerful societies in world history, like the United States and Canada, are racing full-speed ahead to destroy the environment as quickly as possible." — Noam Chomsky >>
"First Nations people – and the decision of Canadians to stand alongside them – will determine the fate of the planet."
'Indigenous communities against fracking like the Elsipogtog First Nation are on the frontlines of defending water and the land FOR EVERYONE' >
New Brunswick fracking protests are the frontline of a democratic fight > -Guardian
"Freed of the distractions, we will be left with a single question. Do we obey provincial dictates that grant a U.S company license to pollute the water in Canada? Or the laws of Indigenous peoples, of the Supreme Court, and of our conscience, calling us to protect it? The answer will tell us everything about the kind of country we will have."
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