Craig Orr comments on lack of engagement in Vancouver Sun article: No plans for formal consultation on water protection rule changes

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The Vancouver Sun reports that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has “no formal plans to consult with stakeholders on new regulations or partnerships to prevent industrial pollution after major changes to environmental protection laws were adopted last summer,” in the article No plans for formal consultation on water protection rule changes.

Watershed Watch Executive Director, Craig Orr, states, “groups have ‘struggled’ to get information on where the legislation is going. The problem is they’re just putting it off and putting it off, and we just need to see something concrete for some kind of consultation on the details. The changes seem to be announced at a breakneck speed but the public is not being engaged … and they just don’t know when the engagement is going to happen and whether it’s going to be done in a meaningful way.”

 

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