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Petition to the House of Commons, E-1750. Calling Upon the Government of Canada to authorize a full environmental assessment report under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency regarding the proposed effluent pipe into the Northumberland Strait.

The Gulf of St Lawrence may soon be unable to support marine life and/or a commercial fishery. According to a new study released last week by international scientists, the Gulf of St Lawrence is rapidly deoxygenating. We can’t undo the past, nor can we control ocean currents, but we can stop the dumping of 90 million litres daily of toxic, de-oxygenating pulp mill effluent into the sensitive spawning grounds of the Northumberland Strait.

Please sign this non partisan petition to show you care and to enable Canadian citizens to demand action and accountability from our elected Members of Parliament in the House of Commons.

To sign, use the link below or Google House of Commons Petition 1750

***This petition closed 10/19/2018 with 6183 signatures. Thank-you to all who have participated in and supported this petition. Progress updates will be posted.***

Petition e-1750 – E-petitions

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The below is by Michael Harris, Oct. 8th, 2018.

The fight to keep a pulp mill from poisoning the Northumberland Strait – iPolitics

Justin Trudeau likes to say he’s a torchbearer for the environment. The prime minister also claims he’s a champion of Indigenous peoples. And he is every bit of that – on paper. But he risks becoming the Pontius Pilate of the Environment and another double-talking Indian agent if he doesn’t change his tune on Boat […]

 

 

Gulf of St. Lawrence is canary in climate-change coal mine: May – iPolitics

As an environmentalist living in the age of climate change, Elizabeth May is used to bad news. But she says a recent study on the deoxygenation of the Gulf of St. Lawrence “just about knocked me over.” Published late last month in the journal Nature Climate Change, the study found there is rapid deoxygenation happening […]

 

 

Lack of oxygen in Gulf of St. Lawrence needs emergency action, says activist | CBC News

Green Leader Elizabeth May asked for an emergency discussion Tuesday in the House of Commons on the Gulf of St. Lawrence following the release of a report detailing declining oxygen levels in the water. Speaker Geoff Regan turned her down.

Below a letter from Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada.

Dear Friend,

I am writing to you today because of the dire situation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. You may have recently heard that marine life in the Gulf is under serious threat due to warming waters and rapidly declining oxygen levels. If you missed this news, you can watch me call for an emergency debate in the House of Commons to address this ecological crisis. Climate change presents an urgent threat to our natural world, and as a country we need to be doing everything within our power to be part of the solution. Right now the effects of climate change are being felt across Canada and the world, but they are becoming most dangerously evident in the Gulf.

Despite these frightening and sobering scientific warnings, we continue to forge ahead with industrial projects that may very well make the situation worse. One of these projects—the Kraft pulp mill in Abercrombie, Nova Scotia—will put this sensitive ecosystem at an even greater risk than it currently is. This important e-petition (#1750) calls on the government to conduct a full environmental assessment before the mill starts pumping 70+ million liters of bleached pulp effluent into the Gulf of St. Lawrence daily. To approve a project of this proportion without conducting a proper environmental assessment is ludicrous. If approved, this project will threaten the vibrant tourism and fishing industries in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Quebec. In 2018, we should know better than to blindly approve projects.

This e-petition closes for signature on October 19, so the time to act is now to help save the Gulf of St. Lawrence! I need you to sign it today.

Earlier this week, Michael Harris wrote an insightful article that dives deep into the rich history of the region and the courage of those putting everything on the line to protect their home. The fight to keep a pulp mill from poisoning the Northumberland Strait is far from over, but the brave people fighting this pipe need our help.

“Parts of this once stunning estuary in Pictou County have already become a national disgrace. According to people who live here, the affected areas are in the same league as the poisoned tailing ponds of the Alberta tar sands and the Sydney tar ponds on Cape Breton. What was once a tidal bay supporting a variety of marine life is now a toxic lake.”

Sign this petition and then share this email with your friends, or forward them this link: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1750.

By signing this petition, you are standing shoulder to shoulder with members of the Pictou Landing First Nation, residents of Pictou County, and countless fishermen and their families who depend on a healthy ecosystem in the Gulf for their livelihood. This vital ecosystem is already under serious threat from the impacts of climate change, and it is up to us to do what we can to preserve it for future generations.

In solidarity and action,


Elizabeth May O.C.
Member of Parliament
Saanich-Gulf Islands
Leader of the Green Party of Canada

P.S. – After signing the petition on www.petitions.ourcommons.ca,  be sure to check your email and click on the confirmation link that is sent to you by the House of Commons.

 

The Gulf of St. Lawrence is Losing Oxygen Faster Than Almost Any Other Marine Environment

The Gulf of St. Lawrence in eastern Canada is rapidly losing oxygen, declining by as much as 55 percent in some spots since the 1930s – compared to a 2 percent drop globally. Now, new research has found that the region’s dramatic oxygen decline is due largely to climate change and shifts in the major ocean currents that feed the gulf.

 

Large-scale shift causing lower-oxygen water to invade Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence

Rapid deoxygenation in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence is caused by shifts in two of the ocean’s most powerful currents: the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current. A detailed model shows that large-scale climate change is causing oxygen to drop in the deeper parts of this biologically rich waterway.

 

 

 

 

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