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Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)

Needed Legislative & Policy Reform /

The world has changed and we’ve learned a lot since CEPA, Canada’s most important environmental law, came into effect a generation ago. Right now, the Senate is considering Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act. PCN and other health and environment groups are working to modernize it. Join our mailing list to learn about next steps!

Watch PCN’s Testimony

Environmental health was the focus of a two-hour Senate hearing on May 12th, packed with perspectives from environmental health scholars, legal experts and advocates.

Prevent Cancer Now Chair, Dr. Meg Sears begins at 10:02, and answers questions afterwards.

Dr. Meg Sears addresses Senators on Bill S-5

Read PCN’s Submissions

Amending the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for 2022 and Beyond

Bill S-5 Submission (PDF) —>

Radiofrequency Radiation White Paper: Protect Birds, Bees and Trees: Include Anthropogenic Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Radiation in Canadian Environmental Protection Act Amendments

White Paper (PDF) —>

Watch the May 17th Senate CEPA Hearings

The Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources will hear from some of Canada’s leading environmental lawyers, advocates and scholars, squaring off against industry, on Tuesday, May 17.

Panel 1 (6:30 – 7:30 pm ET)
features the Canadian Environmental Law Association and international human and environmental rights legal scholar Dr. David Boydand the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and Mining Association of Canada.

Panel 2 (7:30 – 830 pm ET)
features representatives of
Ecojustice Canada, Environmental Defence Canada, Humane Canada and Nature Canada speaking about human and environmental health, reducing animal testing, and hazards of escape of genetically modified animals.

Agenda & Video Link —>
View Past PCN Submissions on CEPA Reform and Chemicals Assessment

Falling Short on the “Right to a Healthy Environment”

PCN supports four key steps to fix Bill S-5, to give Canadians a chance of a real and meaningful Right to a Healthy Environment.

Apply a climate lens.
Regulate non-ionizing radiation.
Catch up with a generation of science and experience.
Don’t go backwards.

Full Story —>

Also published in:

The National Observer

by Meg Sears, PCN Chair

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Moving Canada off a toxic treadmill of chemicals laws

For decades, researchers have demonstrated the benefits of pollution prevention — with potential savings to Canadians of billions in healthcare, disaster response, and lost opportunities.

Full Story —>

Also published in:

The Hill Times

by Meg Sears

Canada needs due process in law to assess and regulate “wireless radiation”

Radiofrequency radiation from telecommunications is bioactive.

CEPA reform should include a new section of the Act requiring research on its effects and protecting environmental and human health.

Full Story —>

Science meets the law

How could the Canadian Environmental Protection Act be improved? A webinar with PCN Chair Meg Sears, hosted by CELA.

Experts answer: is chemical assessment protecting us against low dose and delayed effects?

Watch now —>

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Environmental and health groups call out big polluters for lobbying the Senate to weaken and delay environmental protection bill

Fourteen Canadian environmental and health groups are concerned about industry interference after learning that many of Canada’s biggest polluters sent a letter to the Senate Speaker to “urge the full Senate to reverse the amendments introduced by the Committee and pass Bill S-5 as it was originally introduced.”
Read MoreEnvironmental and health groups call out big polluters for lobbying the Senate to weaken and delay environmental protection bill