Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor

Must act now on CEPA

The Victoria Standard - - Commentary - Paul Strome Cheti­camp, NS

The Cana­dian En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Act (CEPA) is po­ten­tially the most im­por­tant law that the fed­eral govern­ment could en­act in our life­time.

More than 20,000 Cana­di­ans die pre­ma­turely ev­ery year be­cause of ex­po­sure to en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards and poor air qual­ity. The to­tal cost of pol­lu­tion in Canada is more than $100 bil­lion a year. We can't af­ford not to take ac­tion.

CEPA is Canada’s pri­mary law on tox­ins and pol­lu­tion, but is badly out­dated so that is why the fed­eral govern­ment MUST ap­prove the rec­om­mended changes if we want to ad­dress our se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.

More than 109 coun­tries — over half the na­tions on Earth - al­ready rec­og­nize their cit­i­zens’ right to live in a healthy en­vi­ron­ment, so it's time Canada joined them. Ev­ery Cana­dian has the fun­da­men­tal right to breathe fresh air, drink clean wa­ter and eat safe food.

If im­ple­mented, the fed­eral com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tions would help re­duce the costs of pol­lu­tion, im­prove health, and fos­ter growth of the green econ­omy. Min­is­ter Mckenna is go­ing to make her de­ci­sion based on pub­lic in­put on October 15 so that does not leave us much time to show our sup­port for this im­por­tant leg­is­la­tion.

You can view the 87 rec­om­men­da­tions here: http:// www.our­comm ons.ca/doc­u­men tviewer/en/42-1/ Envi/re­port-8/page-276

We know what we need to do as a col­lec­tive to bring our en­vi­ron­ment back into bal­ance. We all need to pull to­gether to change what we are do­ing and YOU can help by let­ting your elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives know how you feel about strength­en­ing CEPA but you need to do it NOW. Here are the con­tacts of your lo­cal MP:

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