The following article is taken from WaterCanada’s Mar/Apr issue; “A Legal Hotbed – Environmental groups in British Columbia are fighting to force the government into using legislation to protect its waterways” by Siobhan McClelland.
Environmental groups are testing the litigation waters in British Columbia to challenge government actions that put the marine environment at risk.
Right now, British Columbia is a hotbed for environmental issues, with private companies interested in using the province’s waterways as part of their operations, including fracking and natural gas businesses.
But Ecojustice, a Vancouver-based organization that represents several environmental groups, is pursuing many legal cases against the government. The organization claims the government hasn’t used its legislation or has violated its legislation, resulting in too much power being handed over to private companies that are making decisions that affect the environment.
While there are environmental laws that provide protection for Canada’s waterways and marine life, some question how effective the legislation is.
“It’s frustrating to have legislation on the books, which the various levels of government ignore or interpret in a manner different than what was represented to the populace when proclaimed,” Maureen Bell, (see link at end for one of Maureen’s articles on water rights) a Calgary environmental lawyer, said. “In such cases, the politicians get full points for creating the legislation, but if it languishes on the shelf or is perverted in its application, it isn’t much good.”
Margot Venton, a staff lawyer at Ecojustice, said that people have been using the courts to try to protect the marine environment since the 1980s, when the rules changed to allow public interest parties standing, or the ability to become involved in environmental cases and bring lawsuits.
“I think right now, in the British Columbia coast, there’s a lot of tension over how we will develop resources and what we are willing to risk in the development of these resources,” Venton said. “Some of the potential resource uses, like pipelines or fish farms or whatever it is, are really placing these issues front and center in people’s minds, and we’re realizing that the threat is becoming really obvious.”
Ecojustice is currently challenging the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission’s decision to issue short-term water approvals to fracking companies, arguing that the companies should have to go through the more stringent process of bringing water-license applications.
Ecojustice staff lawyer Randy Christensen said short-term water approvals, which are usually good for two years, are being renewed by the same company five or six times. He said Ecojustice wants the companies that use water for fracking purposes to go into the water-licensing process, where the government would then assess the impact of the water withdrawals more carefully and look at the cumulative impacts of many water withdrawals in one area.
“Our concern right now is that there are really two different routes of getting the water. One has minimal oversight and one has more robust oversight,” Christensen said.
He added that the cumulative impact of the fracking operations could affect water flow conditions in certain areas and fluctuations in water flow could affect the life cycles of fish in rivers and streams. This could possibly result in shortages at certain times of the year that would affect other people’s water use.
“These are all the kinds of things that need to go through the licensing process so that you have studies and assessments, and you know the impact of what those uses could be,”
Fracking operations aren’t the only concern for Ecojustice. In another case, Ecojustice alleges diseased farmed Atlantic salmon have been unlawfully transferred into an open-pen fish farm, where the diseased fish would share water with wild fish. The claim is that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has unlawfully given a private company the power to decide whether to transfer the diseased salmon.
Venton said decisions about the risks associated with the transfer of diseased fish should be made by the government, not private companies.
“It’s more appropriate for the government to make the call about that risk than it is for a private individual or private company running a farm to make that call,” she said, arguing that the law doesn’t allow anyone to put fish that may carry a diseased agent into the ocean because this could potentially harm the conservation and protection of fish in the ocean.
“I think there is a general trend, in particular in the federal government, to get out of the business of governing,” she said, adding that this is her personal opinion. “There’s also a trend
in Canada toward deregulation and toward handing more and more power and decision making to the companies, with less and less oversight. You see that in British Columbia.”
Kirsten Ruecker, a communications advisor at Fisheries and Oceans’ office in the Pacific Region, wrote in an email that the government was unable to comment on the fracking and salmon cases as these matters are currently before the courts.
The fracking case does not have a hearing date yet. The salmon-farming case is scheduled for a hearing on June 9.
Siobhan McClelland is a former lawyer now working as a freelance journalist and the new media editor at Canadian Geographic. She has written for several law publications on a variety of topics.
Maureen Bell – “Water Rights Set To Make Waves” ~
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YouTube promotional video for Ottawa‘s upcoming 20th annual Dragon Boat Festival – June 22-24, 2013, published on Jun 7, 2012 by CTVOttawaMorningLive – A dragon boat comes rowing down the street outside of the CTV Morning Live studio, so Jeff Hopper heads out to chat with them!
The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival, now North America’s largest festival, began in 1994. Four years later, a charitable component was added to raise funds for local charities. To date, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation has raised over $2.5 million for local charities.
For several years, under several different names, the members of Showboat have pledged and paddled in the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. Sponsored by the Chinatown BIA, Showboat, under the direction of Rick Martin, Kevin Reichstein, Mealanie St. Jean and Stephanie Mayer, consists of 20 paddlers, a few alternates, a steersperson and a drummer. This dynamic Dragon Boat team draws a lot of attention, year after year, as the whole day is spent in themed costumes – obviously this year’s theme is “Under The Big Top”.
The vast majority of the teams attending the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival are there for competitive reasons, paddling in various heats in a quest for medals. Chinatown’s Showboat concentrates on fundraising activities throughout the year to support charities that benefit from the Ottawa Dragon Boat Foundation. So far this year Team Showboat has already raised $17,000 in fundraising events such as:
Zumba in the park
Great Glebe Garage Sale
VIP Gala Launch Party
Drawing from the immense talent that exists in the community, events at various venues around town and the generosity of many Showboat supporters, the team has raised considerable funds. Since 2005, the team raised $82,752.38.
For 2005 through 2007 and again in 2010, the team was recognized by the Ottawa Dragon Boat Race Festival through the Team Spirit Cup award.
I just had to include the following inspirational video I found on YouTube, “Must Watch Dragon Boat Clip!!!”, taken from various dragon boat events in Singapore. This video was created to show that the sport, dragon boating, is not just about training hard to win, but to enjoy and embrace all the elements that it encompasses ~ Love ~ Pride ~ Unity ~
Dip, dip and swing your paddles
Flashing with silver
Follow the wild goose flight
Dip, dip and swing…
Good luck Team Showboat!
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Riverdance, the internationally-acclaimed celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has thrilled millions around the world is now in its 15th phenomenal year of touring.
There are many Lord of the Dance videos and I think this is one of the best ~ featuring the dancers, the High Priests, and Michael Flatley playing the flute with orchestra accompaniment. The music is absolutely captivating ~ hauntingly beautiful!!! (approx. 4:40 into the video). Michael Flatley is the creator, producer and director of Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames and Celtic Tiger is an amazing dancer, and he is also a phenomenal flutist as well.
Written, devised, produced and choreographed by Michael Flatley, Lord of the Dance premiered at The Point Theatre in Dublin on July 2, 1996, within just eight weeks of its inception. The audience went wild. By the end of the evening, the show had received several standing ovations and such rave reviews that it was to become the most talked about, most written about, and the most critically acclaimed show in musical history. Lord of the Dance has gone on to receive unparalleled accolades, and to break theatrical records across the globe. Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance not only brought Irish dancing to the world stage; it catapulted the art of Irish dance to a higher plane, unprecedented worldwide recognition and cove straight into hearts and minds of millions worldwide.
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Today I’d like to feature the true beauty of native dance, art, photography, music and videos.
INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL MUSIC SET IN NATURE’S PALETTE:
Spiritual and soulful music in harmony with nature – cascading waterfalls, flowing rivers and lush forests.
‘Listen to Native flute – feel the embrace of the heart and soul – feel the embrace of your life and feel the flow of the clean clear water that is so pure and is so free. It is the river of life for without this clean clear water we cannot survive in this world that we live in.’
Comment from YouTube poster, helen1436: ‘This video has real footage of the Sioux back when we first had film.actualy i had to pay 50 pounds for that tiny bit of footage but well worth it . i smile every time i see the 2 guys at left front dance i just feel like reaching out and giving them a hug, daft i know but just make me smile and feel happy when i watch them, and i love to watch the chiefs too i have to admit this is my fave real footage of the Sioux dancing, sad to think they are long gone since that video was taken i wonder who their now relations are, as they are all sioux’
Manantial – Rain Dance
A few interesting comments on the video from viewers:
‘How beautiful Native American people were, the clothes they made, how every part of animal & buffalo was used for teepee, robes, clothes, moccasins, sewing awl, even hoofs was used for glue, nothing was wasted. If 1 mourned the entire camp did too, their knowledge of plants/herbs. Most of all I admire how they respected all living things, took only what was needed to survive & gave thanks to Creator. In Memory of Chiefs Joseph, Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Geronimo, Tecumseh, Quanah & many others.’
May the great waters cleanse and cascade through my spirit, And lead me to the Earth Mother’s Cauldron of Wisdom – May the grace of the Sea exhale Her breath on the shore – Where I shall reflect into the deep center of my being.
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This has to be one of the funniest videos I’ve seen featuring rain dancing:
Just For Laughs – Gags – Epic Old Man – Rain Dance – Hidden Camera
ALL HUMOUR ASIDE, on MONDAY I will feature first-rate videos of ethnic rain dances and mesmerizing ethnic music set in nature’s palette – definitely something you don’t want to miss!
Looking forward to ‘having you back’ with us on Monday to watch the videos, read comments and hear the relaxing music. Have a great weekend everyone.
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