I DO want strong laws for fish!

I got this email from Black out to Speak out and want to share the opportunity to write a letter with all my followers:

Stand up for fish today
                            One year ago today, in an unprecedented attack on nature and democracy, Canada passed a far-reaching bill that repealed or weakened most of Canada’s foundational environmental laws. Among the most controversial elements of Bill C-38 was the decision to “take the guts out” of the Fisheries Act by abandoning long-standing legal protections for fish habitat –the ecosystems that sustain our iconic salmon and other species  –and replacing them with weaker rules that prohibit only “serious harm to fish.”   There is still time to stop these changes from coming into force. Write to the Prime Minister today.   A year ago people from every corner of our nation stood up for our lakes, rivers and fish: The outcry and concern was so great that the federal government has never implemented its planned changes to the Fisheries Act to weaken fish habitat protection. All this could change in a few weeks if we don’t speak out now. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has indicated that existing protections for fish habitat could be repealed within weeks and replaced by the new weaker rules.   Please tell the federal government to maintain strong legal protection for fish and their habitat today.   When it was ramming through Bill C-38, the federal government didn’t count on the dedication of Canadians to our waters and fish, and to our right to participate in decisions about the environment that affect our families and communities. Over 600 organizations representing millions of Canadians participated in a cross-Canada day of action. And four former fisheries ministers, who had served in federal cabinets of both Progressive Conservative and Liberal governments wrote to the Prime Minister expressing alarm that the continued survival of iconic species like migratory salmon and steelhead “would be endangered” if the provisions of Bill C-38 were brought into force.   While many environmental protections were lost through Bill C-38 there is still a chance for fish if we can stop changes to the Fisheries Act from coming into force. Please take a moment to make your voice hear. Send a letter to the Prime Minister today. Thank you!

You received this email because you participated in Black Out Speak Out (blackoutspeakout.ca / silenceonparle.ca) a joint project launched by  Canadians Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), David Suzuki Foundation, Ecojustice, Environmental Defence, Equiterre, Greenpeace, Nature Canada, Pembina Institute, Sierra Club Canada, West Coast Environmental Law, and WWF Canada.

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