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Where can I find more about Bill C-45 weakening of the Navigable Waters Protection Act?

For a detailed backgrounder on the Act published by Ecojustice, go to:
http://www.ecojustice.ca/files/nwpa_legal_backgrounder_october-2012/at_download/file

What other environmental legislation has been weakened or is threatened by the federal government and where can I find more about this other legislation?

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), Fisheries Act, Species At Risk Act and National Energy Board Act have all either been weakened or are at risk. On C-45's weakening of the CEAA, see West Coast Environmental Law's November 7 submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development:
http://wcel.org/resources/publication/west-coast-submission-house-commons-committee-environment-and-sustainable-deve

For further information about C-45's impacts on other environmental laws and about other legislation now at risk, see Ecojustice backgrounders: http://www.ecojustice.ca/envirolaw-watch

What amendments to Bill C-45 are you recommending?

For specific amendments recommended by one environmental law organization, see this submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, November 20, 2012:
http://wcel.org/resources/publication/west-coast-submission-standing-senate-committee-energy-environment-and-natur-0

Who initiated this open letter?

A group of Canada's leading environmental organizations: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, Equiterre, Nature Canada, Pembina Institute, Sierra Club Canada, West Coast Environmental Law and World Wildlife Fund.

What other links to recent media would you recommend?

Blog on C-45 and changes to NWPA:
http://www.ecojustice.ca/blog/breaking-down-yet-another-attack-on-canadas-environmental-laws

Globe and Mail op-ed on C-45 and changes to NWPA:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/commentary/your-dock-goes-on-the-docket/article5076695/?service=print

Could you recommend other media releases about Bill C-45?

For the Oct.18, 2012 response of Canada's leading environmental organizations to announcement of Bill C-45, click here:

http://wcel.org/media-centre/media-releases/major-environmental-groups-oppose-damaging-federal-omnibus-bill-c-45

For the Oct.18 response by Ecojustice, go to:
http://www.ecojustice.ca/media-centre/press-releases/paving-the-way-for-pipelines-industry-wins-environment-loses-more-bad-news-for-canadians

For the Oct.19 response by West Coast Environmental Law, go to: http://wcel.org/media-centre/media-releases/safeguards-water-fish-and-human-health-bulldozed-omnibus-2-say-environme

November 21, 2012
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2012/11/how-bill-c-45-weakens-our-environmental-laws-and-democracy/