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e-1659 (Environmental pollution)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Kerry Mueller from Waterloo, Ontario, on May 10, 2018, at 1:05 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Air quality
Civil and human rights
Environmental protection
Public health
Toxic substances
Certified

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • The Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) is Canada’s main law governing pollution prevention and the management of toxic chemicals;
  • Scientific understanding of environmental and health risks of exposure to toxics and pollution has evolved since CEPA was passed in 1999, and CEPA is largely failing to address today’s sources of toxic exposure;
  • The House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development completed a year-long study of CEPA in June 2017. The Committee’s report, entitled, “Healthy Environment, Healthy Canadians, Healthy Economy: Strengthening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 ”, made 87 recommendations to strengthen and modernize the Act; and
  • In February 2018, more than 500 Canadian scientists and public health professionals wrote to the Prime Minister in support of the Standing Committee’s recommendations, stating: “Canada has a serious pollution problem that is a threat to both human health and the quality of our environment.”
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to pass legislation to modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) without delay, including (i) stronger protections from toxic exposures, (ii) enforceable national air quality standards, (iii) recognition of the basic human right to a healthy environment, as well as adequate protection for vulnerable populations.
King—Vaughan
Liberal
Ontario
Open for signature : May 10, 2018, at 1:05 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : September 7, 2018, at 1:05 p.m. (EDT)
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Alberta
761
British Columbia
2850
Manitoba
327
New Brunswick
155
Newfoundland and Labrador
92
Northwest Territories
25
Nova Scotia
331
Nunavut
2
Ontario
4374
Prince Edward Island
48
Quebec
1803
Saskatchewan
265
Yukon
22
Other Countries
54
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