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On October 19, 2006, the Conservative government introduced Bill C-30, Canada’s Clean Air Act.  The bill was not received well by opposition parties and has been amended by an all-party committee and is currently awaiting presentation to the House of Commons.

Canada has adopted many international agreements, conventions and treaties on environmental issues. Most recently, Canada has signed on to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, agreeing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Biological Diversity. Canada also works closely with the United States and Mexico in the Commission for Environmental Cooperation under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation.

Provincial and federal governments share jurisdiction over environmental issues. The Environmental Harmonization Accord was signed by all federal, provincial and territorial governments in 1998, except Quebec, in an agreement to work together to set standards for the environment. The Accord sets national standards on substances like smog, dioxins and mercury.
 
According to the OECD, Canada’s performance on most environmental indicators is steadily declining.  For example, Canadians are increasing their water and energy consumption, there has been an increase in nuclear and hazardous waste, more species have become endangered, more trees are being cut down, and there is a rise in the number of motor vehicles.  Although Canada is not doing well in terms of the indicators already mentioned, it is reducing air pollution, improving sewage treatment, and reducing municipal waste.  Canada has also increased its recycling and the number of parks, as well as ensuring that there is a decrease in the production of ozone-depleting substances. [2]

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[2] Canada vs. the OECD: An Environmental Comparison, Executive Summary (2001)  [8 June 2005].


 

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God's Earthkeepers: Biblical Action and Reflection on the Environment (EFC)

A Rocha Canada

Life Water Canada

Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario

   
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