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Bill-C45: The bigger picture...

Postby coffeeFreak » Dec 31st, 2012, 1:02 pm

This is a serious issue that is being lost and overlooked by media's pathetic coverage. This is an ALL Canadian issue...why in the hell would our government tuck something so monumental into a bill that is attached to First Nations issues? Conspiracy or Strategy? Regardless, it seems to be working, as media is not running with it, and too many of the rest of the population are only seeing Bill C45 as another "Indian" problem...When I google Bill C45, I get pages of info on "Idle No More", with very little info beyond that...shouldn't we be wondering why?

Wake up people! This bill includes so much more than First Nations issues...one important one is how it affects almost all of our bodies of water. One only needs to look at what happened with the Chinese mining company bringing in Chinese workers to imagine how, by opening the door to these type of countries where ethical employment and respectful environmental practices are non-existent to see where this will go.

Here is just one of many changes to be worried about:

Proposed changes to a federal law governing navigable waters would end its ability to protect tens of thousands of Canada’s waterbodies, environmentalists say.

Amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act introduced as part of a sweeping budget implementation bill on Thursday limit its application to 97 lakes, 62 rivers and the three oceans that border Canada. That means construction of dams, bridges and other projects would be permitted on most waterways without prior approval under the act, which currently covers any body of water big enough to float a canoe in.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/environmentalists-decry-changes-to-law-governing-navigable-waters/article4622873/



The most blatant fail by the Canadian media in 2012 was the fact news coverage all but ignored the gutting of the Navigable Waters Protection Act by the Conservative government in its latest anti-democratic omnibus bill.

Nathan Cullen, NDP House Leader and MP for Skeena Bulkley Valley, raised navigable waters as a top issue of the 2012 in his year-end conference call with local northwestern B.C. reporters, saying:

"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. The Skeena is one of the few that was saved but none of its tributaries. 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 pipelines, because you are able to now are able to ruin navigation and not trigger an environmental assessment."

Canada's major media seldom bothered to explain to Canadians the consequences of removing protection for the lakes, rivers and tributaries, either before or after the passage of Bill C-45. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/robin-rowland/navigable-waters-protection-act-media-fail-idle-no-more_b_2356595.html
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Re: Bill-C45: The bigger picture...

Postby coffeeFreak » Dec 31st, 2012, 1:10 pm

Errol P. MendesLawyer, author, professor
The Most Undemocratic Moments of 2012
Posted: 12/26/2012 11:06 am

Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher argued that "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." As 2012 ends, what do we in Canada understood as enduring truths that can we take into living forward in 2013? On the home front, we should have understood that democracy in Canada can be taken too much for granted, even while in other places, in the Middle East, Afghanistan and elsewhere, people are willing to fight and die for it.

We take for granted that Parliamentary democracy is only as effective as the power concentrated in the Prime Minister's Office allows it to be. In the wrong hands, it can make MPs mostly irrelevant as demonstrated by the Harper PMO.
This year saw yet another massive omnibus budget bill in C-45 rushed with time allocation through Parliament. Do the majority of citizens even care that what should have been according to Parliamentary tradition, a financial and revenue bill, has the potential to undermine the protection of thousands of rivers and lakes?

Do they care that this bill also takes a potentially significant step to undermining the land and treaty rights of our First Nations? The provisions of C-45 dealing with First Nations land and treaty rights has now spawned the twitter #IdleNoMore movement and the hunger strike by Theresa Spence, the Chief of Northern Ontario's reserve which first caught the nation's attention when we witnessed on our screens the abject third world living conditions in the reserve.

Now the hunger strike has received worldwide attention. Chief Spence has asked to meet with Harper and Governor General David Johnson to demand another high level national meeting to address the dire poverty in First Nations communities and the undermining of their rights in the budget bill.

As an opposition MP in the Reform Party, Harper himself decried these unprincipled massive budget bills. He tore into a much smaller Liberal omnibus budget bill in 1994 arguing that such bills violated the principles that was the foundation of his Reform Party. He asserted that they undermined the very reason why MPs were elected, namely to carefully scrutinize laws on behalf of those that elected them. This was supposed to be a bedrock of principled conservatism. Now, the supreme irony is that the NDP and the Liberals are using those same principles to protest against the budget bill.

Perhaps the Harper government is also counting on most Canadians not either knowing or caring what is in these massive bills as long as they can be sold on the talking points that these Parliament eroding measures are essential for "jobs and the economy." The talking points are encapsulated in the title of the C-45, "The Jobs and Growth Act". In those often used talking points lies what those who oppose this slow undermining of our democracy may wish to urge Canadians to live their lives forward.

The Communist Party of China has also tried to develop an authoritarian social contract with the masses that if they do well for the majority of citizens through jobs and the economy, they can deny them the most fundamental rights and freedoms that Canadians in this country enjoy.

There are signs that the authoritarian compact is starting to fray as China has produced its own version of industrial "robber barons" and hundreds of thousands of Chinese are starting to protest against rampant corruption, severe environmental degredation, violation of land rights and universally accepted human rights.

This is the dangerous slippery slope of the Harper government talking points that "jobs and the economy" can justify anything, even if it damages the democratic values that Harper and true conservatives once cherished.

Most Canadians want to live their lives forward having good jobs and thriving in a strong and vibrant economy that respects the fundamental values of our democracy and human rights, our legal and moral duties to our First Nations and that preserves our natural heritage to those that come after us.

Justifying anything in the name of "jobs and the economy" requires Canadians to live backwards in an authoritarian social contract. Living our lives forwards demands that citizens reject the dangerous slippery slope of the Harper government talking points.


http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/errol-p-mendes/2012-canada-politics_b_2365302.html
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Re: Bill-C45: The bigger picture...

Postby coffeeFreak » Dec 31st, 2012, 1:13 pm

Forgive the page I had to use to find the list of lakes affected by this bill, but check the drop downbox to see the few that will be protected:

http://elizabethmaymp.ca/is-your-lake-safe
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Re: Bill-C45: The bigger picture...

Postby zzontar » Dec 31st, 2012, 2:25 pm

I don't think if it passes that it's written in stone. Harper cares about profit more than environment as he must not be looking at the big picture. The next election will be here before you know it.
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Re: Bill-C45: The bigger picture...

Postby kibbs » Jan 14th, 2013, 10:16 am

The next election will be here before you know it.

Its obvious that our politics have gone American style.The NDP and The Liberals need to merge and form fresh policy before the next election to battle the big blue beast.Canada loves money and jobs more than the environment now .Leave the left to the greens ,the liberal democratic must be formed .Put the pretty boy up front and let the bearded charmer be second banana.
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