Green groups protest Canada oil

2012-06-05 19:09
A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast. (Charlie Riedel, AP)

A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast. (Charlie Riedel, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Montreal - Hundreds of environmentalists and other activists in Canada made their websites go dark to protest planned measures to facilitate oil pipeline construction.

The groups accuse the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper of trying to silence opponents of exploitation of Alberta's tar sands, the third-largest oil reserves in the world, through new environmental legislation it is pushing through Parliament.

The measure, included in a budget bill, allows the federal government to have the final word on approving major pipelines, as well as override National Energy Board decisions, speed up reviews of resource development projects and keep citizen groups out of environmental reviews for pipelines.

It also allocates $8m to the Canada Revenue Agency to fund audits of charities, which activists labelled an effort to silence advocacy groups speaking out on important environmental issues.

"Under the proposed bill, Ottawa will use its power to promote oil and other major industries instead of taking care of Canada's environment, wildlife and people," read a statement from the groups.

Human rights

Among the more than 500 organisations activists said were participating in the "Black Out, Speak Out" protest included World Wildlife Fund Canada, Greenpeace Canada and the David Suzuki Foundation, but also the websites of musician Bruce Cockburn and author Margaret Atwood.

US-based groups such as the Natural Resources Defence Council and 350.org also participated by darkening their websites.

"The darkening of websites and the thousands of letters, blogs, tweets and other actions by landowners, businesses, First Nations, trade unions, scientists and citizens, reflect the grave concern and deep frustration Canadians feel about the direction the federal government is heading," said Alex Neve, secretary general of Amnesty International Canada.

"Fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression are at stake."

Environmental leaders held a press conference speaking from behind the bars of a wooden prison cell painted in black and placed in downtown Montreal.

"It's the very face of the country that is changing before our eyes," warned Steven Guilbeault, co-founder and deputy executive director of Equiterre.

"Under this new environmental law, fish would only have value if they have economic value. If they don't have economic value, there is no environmental assessment."

John Fraser, a former Conservative fisheries minister said the "far-reaching" bill was putting key fish species at risk.

"It's bad policy and it's bad democracy," he said. "I'm speaking out today because I'm a Conservative and nobody can pretend to be a real Conservative if they are not a conservationist."
- SAPA

Read more on:    canada  |  environment  |  internet
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Tuesday Mitchells Plain - 19:35 PM
    Road name: M7 Vanguard Drive
    ROADWORKS - traffic restrictions between the R300 and Highlands Drive - expect delays
  • Tuesday Belhar - 17:58 PM
    Road name: Belhar Drive
    TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Alabama Drive
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Nokia E6

Nokia E6 has 8-megapixel digital camera with autofocus and built...

From R2599.69

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Something may come up to alert you of your security needs. It may be that you need to create a better structure for your finances...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.