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Tell Canada's leaders to redress environmental racism

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"On December 8, 2020, MP Lenore Zann put the federal private members bill A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C-230) forward to second reading in the House of Commons.

From pipelines in Sipekne'katik First Nation in Nova Scotia and Wet'suwet'en First Nation in British Columbia, mercury contamination and petrochemical facilities in Grassy Narrows First Nation and Aamjiwnaang First Nation in Ontario respectively, to a pulp and paper mill in Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia, landfills in the African Nova Scotian communities in Shelburne and Lincolnville and other environmentally dangerous projects in other parts of Canada, the legacy of environmental racism in Canada can't be denied."

Bill C230 is asking Minister of Environment Jonathan Wilkinson to develop a strategy that must include measures to:

  • Examine the link between race, socio-economic status and environmental risk.

  • Collect information and statistics relating to the location of environmental hazards.

  • Collect information and statistics relating to negative health outcomes in communities that have been affected by environmental racism.

  • Assess the administration and enforcement of environmental laws in each province and

  • Address environmental racism including in relation to amendments to federal laws and policies, compensation for individuals and communities, and ongoing funding for clean air and water.

The second reading of the bill continues March 23, 2021. Sign our petition and urge Canada's leaders to pass Bill C-230 and redress environmental racism!"

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