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Groups call on Minister Kent to ensure Maxim Power’s proposed coal plant plays by the rules

 OTTAWA – More than 40 diverse civil society organizations from across Canada have signed on to a letter calling on federal Environment Minister Peter Kent to protect the integrity of Canada’s forthcoming coal regulations by ensuring th ...

Communiqué - Marie Ève Roy - 11/08/2011 - 09:25 - 0 comments - 1 attachment

Council of the Federation: commitment versus compliance

Montreal, July 20, 2011 – In anticipation of the Council of the Federation meeting beginning today in Vancouver, Equiterre has prepared an accountability report assessing provincial and territorial compliance with existing Council environmental an ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 26/07/2011 - 22:08 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Equiterre wishes Jack Layton a speedy recovery

Following Jack Layton's announcement that he is temporarily stepping down as leader of the NDP to focus on treatment for a newly diagnosed form of cancer, Equiterre wishes him a speedy recovery and all of the courage needed to overcome this disease. &qu ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 25/07/2011 - 16:38 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Energy ministers contradict themselves – claim reduced environmental impact while supporting expansion of tar sands

Ottawa, ON, July 19, 2011– Today environmental groups responded to the communiqué released by the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in Kananaskis, Alberta. The outcome of the discussion about a national energy strategy failed to take me ...

Communiqué - Alizée Cauchon - 21/07/2011 - 13:38 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Ontario stands up to catastrophic global warming, will other provinces follow at premier’s meeting? Groups urge provincial governments to clarify outcome of ministers meeting and support clean energy

Ottawa/Montreal, July 20 2011 – As premiers gather today at the annual Council of the Federation meeting, leading non-governmental groups from across the country are calling on provinces to clarify their support for the Kananaskis energy minister& ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 20/07/2011 - 16:43 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Energy Ministers must prove they are not captives of their oil industry sponsors

Ottawa, July 13, 2011 - Leading Canadian organizations are dismayed that the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Oil Sands Developers Group are the major sponsors of this weekend’s meeting of Provincial and Federal Ministers of ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 18/07/2011 - 11:57 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Plans for a carbon market in Quebec: Equiterre applauds environment minister for moving forward with draft regulation

Montreal, July 6, 2011 – Equiterre commends Minister Arcand’s decision to move forward with a draft regulation for the implementation of a carbon cap-and-trade system in Quebec as part of the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). “Q ...

Communiqué - Anonyme - 06/07/2011 - 15:15 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Green paper for an agri-food policy: the consumer has a role to play, sure, but it's up to the government to lead the way

The agri-food policy paper tabled yesterday by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) wants to give the consumer a bigger role in shaping the future of agriculture. But Equiterre believes that for the shift to sustainable agriculture to ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 08/06/2011 - 15:40 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

New online directory for eating local in Quebec

Montreal, June 2, 2011 - Equiterre offers Quebecers a new online directory listing more than 300 initiatives that encourage farm direct purchasing in the province. The directory, which is available to the general public on the Equiterre website, inc ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 07/06/2011 - 16:03 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

As expected, still no mention of the environment in the Harper budget

Montreal, June 6, 2011 – As expected, the environment and the green economy were once again absent from the Harper government's budget, which is an almost exact copy of the one presented in March, at which time Equiterre expressed its profoun ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 07/06/2011 - 14:15 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Environmental groups claim victory for municipal, provincial pesticide bans - Dow AgroSciences backs away from NAFTA claim without compensation

Environmental groups are claiming an important victory for the right of municipalities and provinces to ban dangerous pesticides as Dow AgroSciences has backed away from its longstanding dispute of Quebec’s cosmetic pesticides ban under NAFTA. In ...

Communiqué - Anonyme - 30/05/2011 - 14:59 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Turcot watchdog group calls for emergency meeting with Transport Minister Sam Hamad

Montreal, May 19, 2011 - With less than a month before plans must be finalized for the Turcot interchange, the Turcot Watchdog Committee has launched an emergency appeal to Quebec Transport Minister, Mr. Sam Hamad: whether this project will meet the ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 24/05/2011 - 16:59 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Can we expect more of the same lackluster performance from reinstated Environment Minister Peter Kent?

Montreal, May 18, 2011 - Equiterre hopes that Environment Minister Peter Kent will do more to distinguish himself as he resumes his role as Environment Minister than he did when he was first assigned to the post in January.   Equiterre is a ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 24/05/2011 - 13:34 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Provincial cosmetic pesticide bans: Quebec has to catch up

Montreal, May 17th, 2011 – After leading the way with the first provincial ban on lawn pesticides in 2003 (the Pesticides Management Code), Quebec has now fallen behind other provinces when it comes to protecting human health and the environme ...

Communiqué - Anonyme - 18/05/2011 - 15:00 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Amendments to the Act respecting land use planning and development - Legal and practical reforms

Quebec City, May 12, 2011  - As part of the general consultation on the Sustainable Regional and Local Land Use Planning draft bill, Vivre en Ville, Equiterre, the Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement (RNCREQ) an ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 17/05/2011 - 10:50 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Rethinking transportation and land use: Equiterre and Vivre en Ville invite the Quebec government to jump into the 21st century

Montreal, May 5, 2011 – Equiterre and Vivre en Ville present a forward-thinking vision for passenger transport and land-use planning as Quebec revisits such aspects of its transportation strategy as the Act respecting land use planning and dev ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 09/05/2011 - 15:12 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Equiterre to Harper government: Climate can't wait

Montreal, May 3, 2011 – Canadian voters gave Mr. Harper's Conservatives a majority mandate yesterday, prompting Equiterre once again to remind the government that the climate can't wait any longer. Our organization is ready with solutions that ...

Communiqué - Anne Chudobiak - 03/05/2011 - 11:28 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Environmental protection key to promoting strong economy, prosperous families and individual health: green leaders - The top executives of Canada’s major environmental organizations send united Earth Day message to political leaders

OTTAWA, April 21th 2011 — In the midst of a federal election campaign and on the eve of Earth Day, the top executives of Canada’s major environmental organizations are calling on all political leaders to take concrete and immediate action to ...

Communiqué - Anonyme - 21/04/2011 - 09:09 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

NDP platform: firmly grounded in the green, sustainable 21st century, says Equiterre

Montreal, April 11, 2011 – Equiterre welcomed the NDP 2011 platform. The proposals unveiled yesterday include cutting oil subsidies and redirecting revenues into energy conservation, green technologies and sustainable transportation. Clima ...

Communiqué - Marie Ève Roy - 12/04/2011 - 11:42 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Conservative Party platform: No vision, few concrete commitments – profoundly disappointing

  Montreal, April 8, 2011 – Equiterre is profoundly disappointed with the Conservative platform, which contains very few commitments overall, and even fewer measures for clean energy, the green economy and the fight against climate change ...

Communiqué - Marie Ève Roy - 09/04/2011 - 11:54 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Canadian lobbying against EU climate policy must end, says joint letter ahead of trade talks

Ottawa -- The Canadian government should stop lobbying the European Parliament and European Commission to weaken a popular EU climate measure aimed at reducing the carbon content of transportation fuels, say Canadian civil society groups in a letter sen ...

Communiqué - Marie Ève Roy - 08/04/2011 - 08:55 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Green Party platform: a comprehensive vision for the fight against climate change

Montreal, April 7, 2011 – Equiterre hails the Green Party platform, which in addition to containing many interesting environmental measures, includes a major tax reform that would generate 35 billion dollars a year in revenue without increasing th ...

Communiqué - Marie Ève Roy - 07/04/2011 - 17:25 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Bloc Québécois election platform - In line with Equiterre’s concerns about climate change and agriculture

Montreal, April 5, 2011 – The Bloc Québécois electoral platform unveiled yesterday contains many relevant measures for Equiterre’s two key issues: the fight against climate change and the future of agriculture. Reduce Quebec’s de ...

Communiqué - Marie Ève Roy - 06/04/2011 - 10:06 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

Liberal Party of Canada election platform: steps towards Canada’s clean energy and environmental future

(Montreal, April 3, 2011) Equiterre is encouraged by the environmental and energy related aspects of the Liberal Party of Canada’s platform. The platform contains progressive policy proposals to improve Canada’s future in the clean energy ec ...

Communiqué - Marie Ève Roy - 04/04/2011 - 14:28 - 0 comments - 0 attachments

2011 federal budget - Environmental protection and green economy: We’ve hit rock bottom

Ottawa, March 22, 2011 – Equiterre was profoundly disappointed with the few environmental measures that were part of the 2011 federal budget. The federal government has ended many programs that were both popular and essential, including th ...

Communiqué - Anonyme - 23/03/2011 - 10:07 - 0 comments - 0 attachments