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Welcome to the Environmental Hansard

Complete coverage of parliamentary debates about the environment won’t fit in most news stories, leaving researchers and policy wonks with blind spots. EnviroHansard captures those debates, making them accessible and transparent because healthy democracies need informed citizens.

There are a few ways to use this site:

  1. Use the homepage to review featured topic summaries and debates from the previous sitting week.
  2. Use the search box to query by topic, content or MPs involved in a debate or exchange in the House of Commons.
  3. Browse debates by date or look for ones relating to specific categories.
  4. Read topic summaries that provide an overview of the key points made in a debate or discussion.
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Featured topic summaries from the past week

Recent debate categories

  • MPs Discussed Wildlife Protection

    MPs discussed a variety of wildlife related topics in the House of Commons this week. Mr. Robert Sopuck (Dauphin—Swan River—Marquette, CPC) acknowledged the National Wildlife Week Act of 1947, which commemorated “the life of Jack Miner. A trapper and a hunter, he was known as the father of North American conservation and was credited with […] Read More…

  • MPs Discussed Environmental Effects of Oil and Gas Development

    MPs discussed the negative environmental impacts of oil and gas development in the House of Commons this week. Mr. François Choquette (Drummond, NDP) referred to a study conducted by University of Toronto researchers that claimed “air pollution related to oil sands development projects has been grossly underestimated. The effects on the environment and health have […] Read More…

  • MPs Debated Government Action on Climate Change

    This week in the House of Commons, MPs discussed Canada’s climate record. On Monday, Mr. François Choquette (Drummond, NDP) pointed to the IPCC’s recent report that “mentions that the Conservatives’ inability to take action will result in problems with food security,” and questions whether the government is capable of reaching its “low Copenhagen goals.” Mr. […] Read More…

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Last week's parliamentary debates

Committee update

Last week in the senate

April 07 – April 11, 2014:

House of Commons Committees:

 

Senate Committees:

April 07 – April 11, 2014:

  • Hon. Nick G. Sibbeston discussed the Government of Canada’s devolution over managing lands and resources to the Northwest Territories.
  •  Hon. Fabian Manning presented a fourth report on the regulation of aquaculture, current challenges and future prospects for the industry in Canada.
  •  Hon. Percy Mockler presented a third report on the importance of bees and bee health in the production of honey, food and seed in Canada.
  •  The Senate proceeded to consideration of the fourth report of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.

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About the Environmental Hansard

Designed by the Ecojustice Environmental Clinic at the University of Ottawa, the Environmental Hansard is an easy-to-use collection of all House of Commons discussions and debates about Canada’s environment.

With entries searchable by date, Member of Parliament, topic or text content, the Environmental Hansard makes Parliamentary debate accessible and transparent to the Canadian public, researchers and environmental community. The website is non-partisan and a valuable tool for anyone interested in sustainability and the environment.

The Environmental Hansard is maintained by law students at the University of Ottawa and updated weekly.

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Ecojustice lawyers and scientists provide legal services free-of-charge to citizens, communities and organizations on the frontlines of the environmental movement, helping ensure equitable access to environmental justice nationwide. Ecojustice’s work sets legal precedents and strengthens laws that protect people and the planet.

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