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The second session of the 43rd Parliament is scheduled to open at 2 p.m., on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.
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In February 2018, Transport Canada introduced an Interim Protocol, as part of the National Anchorages Review. This protocol has resulted in a 400% increase in coal and grain freighters parking in the Southern Gulf Islands;
The protocol was supposed to last six months. More than two years later, the Interim Protocol is still in effect;
No parking fees are collected, minimal safety oversight is provided and no local jobs are created;
The parked freighters cause environmental damage to the sensitive Salish Sea ecosystem;
These environmental damages include: ocean floor damage from dragging anchors, disrupting the habitats of endangered orcas and other wildlife, air pollution from diesel generators, as well as noise, light and dust pollution;
In March 2020, a collision between two freighters in Plumper Sound highlighted the threat posed by the freighter parking and the potential for environmentally devastating fuel spill in the Southern Gulf Island region; and
Local First Nations governments and community members, area residents and community groups are all calling for the removal of the commercial anchorages from the Southern Gulf Islands.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Eliminate the 33 commercial anchorages throughout the Southern Gulf Islands;
2. Improve the grain supply chain and terminal infrastructure, and evaluate the transport of U.S. thermal coal through the Port of Vancouver; and
3. Implement efficient international shipping standards such as the ‘Just-in-Time-Arrival’ computer system to better facilitate trade and the Canadian economy.
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