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Government of Canada invests $3 million in citizen science and open data for birds and biodiversity

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | news releases

Today, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced an investment of $3 million to Birds Canada over five years. The funding will support citizen science programs and open data, providing access to hundreds of millions of data records gathered by volunteers and professional biologists on the distribution, abundance, and population trends for birds in Canada.


Canada taking next steps on the right to a healthy environment and environmental justice and racism

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | backgrounders

On February 6, 2024, the Government of Canada launched consultation and engagement activities with Canadians on the right to a healthy environment in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) to develop a national strategy to advance environmental justice, and to assess, prevent, and address environmental racism.


Creating a healthy, clean, and sustainable environment for all: Canada consulting on the right to a healthy environment in federal legislation and engaging on environmental justice and racism

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | news releases

Today, the Government of Canada begins its public consultation on the development of a right to a healthy environment implementation framework under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act. The Government is also engaging Canadians on environmental justice and racism to address the fact that certain communities have been disproportionately affected by environmental hazards, like pollution, toxic waste, landfills, and dumps.


Environment and Climate Change Canada Study of Winter Air Pollution in Toronto begins

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | news releases

Environment and Climate Change Canada has initiated the Study of Winter Air Pollution in Toronto (SWAPIT), a six-week comprehensive scientific investigation of air quality across the Greater Toronto Area that will lead to a better understanding of air quality in Canadian cities, particularly in winter.


Two Quebecers convicted of violating the Migratory Birds Regulations by destroying the nests of endangered Bank Swallows

| Environment and Climate Change Canada | news releases

On January 30, 2024, Sébastien Pouliot and Yves Thibeault were ordered to pay $60,000 and $5,000 respectively, by the Court of Quebec, at the Mont-Joli Courthouse. The individuals pleaded guilty to one count each of violating the Migratory Birds Regulations under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. The charges stem from actions that led to the disturbance and destruction of Bank Swallow nests. The fines will be directed to the Government of Canada's Environmental Damages Fund.


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