July 1, 2010

Contents:
  1. Bill C-36 Still Poses a Threat
  2. Taking Stock: Ranking Supermarkets on Seafood Sustainability
  3. New Fish Farm Denied: Take Action to Urge Close Containment Farming

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Bill C-36 Still Poses a Threat

by Natural Health Products Protection Association (NHPPA)

On June 9, 2010, Bill C-36 was introduced for first reading in the House of Commons. A copy of the Bill can be found at:
 
http://www2.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication...&
Mode=1&File=32 - 1. 

Bill C-36 is almost identical to Bill C-52 which had been introduced into the 39th Parliament on April 8, 2008, and to Bill C-6 which had been introduced into the 40th Parliament on January 29, 2009. 

The rule of law is the fundamental underpinning of a free society. Sacrificing the rule of law always leads to tyranny and loss of freedom. The Bill represents an unprecedented change in the powers of the state. The rule of law and private property rights are all but extinguished in the area of consumer products. 

Although not applicable to natural health products, the Bill still poses a threat. The Bill gives Health Canada inspectors the very powers that concerned citizens in Bill C-51.

To download the Draft Discussion Paper on Bill C-36 the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, prepared by Shawn Buckley, LL.B., president of the Natural Health Products Protection Association, go to: http://nhppa.org/

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Taking Stock: Ranking Supermarkets on Seafood Sustainability

by Greenpeace Canada

The world's major commercial fisheries, those of large predatory species -- which include some of the most popular seafood, such as cod, tuna, shark and swordfish -- have declined to 10 per cent of what they were in the 1950s. Currently, 80 percent of commercially valuable fish stocks is either fully exploited, over-exploited or depleted.

Our appetite for seafood is exceeding our oceans' ability to meet the growing demand, and the global seafood industry's impact on our oceans is altering marine ecosystems around the world.

Salmon farms along Canada's coasts and around the world continue to threaten wild stocks and pollute the marine environment. They are thought to be a significant contributing factor in the collapse of the Fraser River sockeye.

Farmed salmon remains a major seller across Canada. Overwaitea has begun to source land-based closed containment salmon, a more sustainable farmed option; however, they have not yet removed conventionally grown farmed salmon from sale.

The most highly consumed and imported Redlist species is tropical shrimp, a species whose farming and catch methods are wreaking havoc on mangrove forests, marine ecosystems, fresh water supply and the health of many coastal communities.

Canada's eight largest food retailers -- Overwaitea, Loblaw, Safeway, Walmart, Metro, Sobeys, Federated Co-operatives and Costco -- have begun to turn words into action since the release of Greenpeace's ranking report last year.

All chains but Costco are developing or implementing a seafood policy and half have begun to rid their shelves of Redlist species. Species that have been removed from sale include shark, swordfish, Chilean sea bass, orange roughy and Arctic surf clams.

Listed from first place to last place, the chains received the following grades: Overwaitea Food Group 51 per cent (nine per cent in 2009); Loblaw 41 per cent (24 per cent in 2009); Safeway 36 per cent (three per cent in 2009); Walmart 28 per cent (10 per cent in 2009); Metro 21 per cent (one per cent in 2009); Sobeys 14 per cent (11 per cent in 2009); Federated Co-Operatives 12 per cent (nine per cent in 2009) ; and Costco 7 per cent (seven per cent in 2009). Greenpeace's report found the scores had gone up for all chains except Costco, but overall only Overwaitea received a passing grade.

To read more and to see the 15 species or groups of species on the Greenpeace Redlist go to: http://www.greenpeace.org/canada/en/campaigns/Seafoo.../

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New Fish Farm Denied: Take Action to Urge Close Containment Farming

by Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform

Take Action!

A proposal by Grieg Seafood to put in a massive new salmon farm along a migratory route at Gunner Point in the northern Georgia Strait has been denied! Click here <http://farmedanddangerous.org/page/grieg-seafood-fax...> to learn more and to send a fax to Grieg Seafood urging them to fully recognize the ramifications of this decision and begin the transition to closed containment technology.

For more information about the problems associated with salmon farming and about Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR): http://farmedanddangerous.org/

Calendar of Events

Mind On Green
with David King, MSc and Carole Moran BSc
Sunday June 27th, 9am-4pm

Connection Cafe Meetings 2010 Spring Campaign
Tuesday, June 29th 2010

Register for Yoga With Horses - Hoofbeats, Heartbeats & Drumbeats©
with Linda-Ann Bowling with special guests Linda Guanti and Lyle Povah
July 9, 2010 - 5:30 - 9:30 pm

Register for Yoga With Horses - Hoofbeats, Heartbeats & Drumbeats©
with Linda-Ann Bowling with special guests Linda Guanti and Lyle Povah
July 10, 2010 - 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

Whole Family Nutrition at Vancouver Farmers Markets
with Grain-free, whole food, honey-sweetened baked goods
Wednesday, July 28, 3pm-7pm


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