Support A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C-230)

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How You Can Support A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C-230)

BILL C-230: A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism

SUBJECT: URGENT ACTION NEEDED ON BILL C-230 – FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN CANADA

Dear friends, colleagues and all those who stand for Environmental Justice in Canada,

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, the MP for Cumberland-Colchester will be putting the private members bill A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C-230) forward to second reading in the House of Commons, and we need your support!

As you may be aware, she introduced this bill in the House of Commons on February 26, 2020: https://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/43-1/bill/C-230/first-reading

You can also find more information on the bill below:

The Globe & Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-private-members-bill-addressing-environmental-racism-in-canada-to/

The Chronicle Herald: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia-mps-bill-targets-environmental-racism-417068/

Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate location and greater exposure of Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities to polluting industries and other environmental hazards. These toxic burdens have been linked to high rates of cancer, reproductive diseases, respiratory illnesses and other health problems in these communities (Bullard, 2002; Fryzuk, 1996; Gosine & Teelucksingh, 2008; Waldron, 2018).

From the decision approximately 60 years ago to offload pulp mill effluent into Pictou Landing First Nation’s once-pristine Boat Harbour, and toxic landfills placed in the African Nova Scotian communities of Shelburne and Lincolnville, to mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows First Nation, petrochemical facilities in Chemical Alley in Ontario and in British Columbia, the legacy of environmental racism can no longer be ignored (Waldron, 2018).

A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C-230) is asking the Minister of Environment & Climate Change to develop a strategy that must include measures to:

  •  Examine the link between race, socio-economic status and environmental risk.
  • Collect information and statistics relating to the location of environmental hazards.
  • Collect information and statistics relating to negative health outcomes in communities that have been affected by environmental racism.
  • Assess the administration and enforcement of environmental laws in each province and
  • Address environmental racism including in relation to:
    • possible amendments to federal laws, policies, and programs.
    • the involvement of community groups in environmental policymaking.
    • compensation for individuals or communities.
    • ongoing funding for affected communities and
    • access of affected communities to clean air and water.

THE ACTION

There is one simple way that you can support the passing of Bill C-230 at second reading on December 3, 2020: call or send a tweet or email to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Environment, the Minister of Health, and MPs across the country to indicate why you support this bill and why Canada needs environmental racism legislation. Be sure to ask them to support the second and third reading of the bill.

If you are a French speaker, please write in French to the Bloc Quebecois.

You can use the template letter below to send your letter of support for the bill by email or post to the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Environment, the Minister of Health, and MPs.

Template Letter of Support for Members of the Public to Send to Politicians Via Email or Post

To: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca; Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca; Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca; Patty.Hajdu@parl.gc.ca; Lenore.Zann@parl.gc
Cc: insert emails for MPs here (emails can be found here: https://openparliament.ca/politicians/)
Bcc: iwaldron@dal.ca; naolo.c@hotmail.com

Subject: Support the Passing of Bill C-230 at Second Reading in the House of Commons on Thursday, December 3, 2020

Dear Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Minister of Health, and Members of Parliament,

On December 3, 2020, you will have the opportunity to support the passing of A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism (Bill C-230) when it is brought forward to second reading by the MP for Cumberland-Colchester, who introduced it in the House of Commons on February 26, 2020. I am urging you to take this opportunity to work across party lines, represent the concerns that your constituents have voiced, and take a step towards passing a bill that would make Canada a leader on addressing the urgent issue of environmental racism.

Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate location and greater exposure of Indigenous, Black, and other racialized communities to polluting industries and other environmental hazards. These toxic burdens have been linked to high rates of cancer, reproductive diseases, respiratory illnesses, and other health problems in these communities (Bullard, 2002; Fryzuk, 1996; Gosine & Teelucksingh, 2008; Waldron, 2018).

From the decision approximately 60 years ago to offload pulp mill effluent into Pictou Landing First Nation’s once-pristine Boat Harbour, and toxic landfills placed in the African Nova Scotian communities of Shelburne and Lincolnville, to mercury contamination in Grassy Narrows First Nation, petrochemical facilities in Chemical Alley in Ontario and in British Columbia, the legacy of environmental racism can no longer be ignored (Waldron, 2018).

Bill C-230 is asking Minister of Environment & Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson to develop a strategy that must include measures to:

  • Examine the link between race, socio-economic status and environmental risk.
  • Collect information and statistics relating to the location of environmental hazards.
  • Collect information and statistics relating to negative health outcomes in communities that have been affected by environmental racism.
  • Assess the administration and enforcement of environmental laws in each province and
  • Address environmental racism including in relation to:
    • possible amendments to federal laws, policies, and programs.
    • the involvement of community groups in environmental policymaking.
    • compensation for individuals or communities.
    • ongoing funding for affected communities and
    • access of affected communities to clean air and water.

I am urging members of all five political parties to unanimously pass a bill that would make Canada a leader on environmental justice. This has become even more urgent in 2020 amidst the epidemic of anti-Indigenous and anti-Black racism and the COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately impacted Indigenous, Black and other racialized in Canada.

Most importantly, however, it’s up to those with power and not the people impacted by this injustice to address the problem of environmental racism. Those who have the most influence and the strongest voice should be part of the solution.

It is important that all communities have the power to control their environment. Currently, Indigenous, Black, and other marginalized communities don’t have that power, and when they don’t have a say in what happens in their communities, we all suffer. Bill C-230 addresses this imbalance of power, and benefits everyone. Good for all of us. Good for Canada.

Finally, I would like to thank those MPs who have recognized the right to a healthy environment in Canada, but would like to emphasize that we still need to address environmental racism, which is currently preventing some Canadians from achieving these rights.

Sincerely,
Your name

Address (optional)

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Sample Tweets to Send to Canadian Politicians to Support Bill C-230

Have you finished sending your letter? Help spread the word by:

  • Sending a tweet or Facebook post or calling the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Environment, the Minister of Health, and MPs using the hashtag #EnvRacismBillCanada2020.
  •  Tweeting to your followers to show your support for Bill C-230 on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn using the hashtag #EnvRacismBillCanada2020
  • Forwarding this email to your friends, family and colleagues and asking them to send a tweet or Facebook post, write to, or call the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Environment, the Minister of Health, and MPs.

Here are some sample tweets you can use to send to the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Environment, the Minister of Health, and MPs about supporting the bill.

#EnvRacismBillCanada2020 I am calling on our MPs to support the federal Canadian private members bill “A National Strategy to Redress Environmental Racism” #BillC-230 at the second reading in the House of Commons on December 3, 2020. We can no longer look the other way.

#EnvRacismBillCanada2020 All Canadians should have the power to control their environment. Indigenous and Black Canadians should have a say in what happens in their communities. #BillC-230 addresses this issue and will benefit everyone. Support Bill C-230 at the second reading in the House of Commons on December 3, 2020.

This is our chance to show the world that Canada is a leader in addressing environmental racism. Support #EnvRacismBillCanada2020

Canadians are counting on you to make environmental racism a thing of the past by supporting #EnvRacismBillCanada2020 on December 3, 2020.

It’s time for Canada to clean up its act & I’m counting on the Canadian govt to make it happen. Please support #EnvRacismBillCanada2020 on December 3, 2020.

Work across parties & make #EnvRacismBillCanada2020 law – first of its kind in Canada!

Dec. 3, 2020 is your opportunity make history & support #EnvRacismBillCanada2020 at second reading in the House of Commons.

Support #EnvRacismBillCanada2020 – work across party lines to do the right thing on Dec. 3, 2020, when the bill goes to second reading.

Twitter Handles, Facebook Pages & Phone Numbers for Canadian Politicians

Here are the Twitter handles, Facebook pages and phone numbers for Canadian politicians.

Twitter Handle and Facebook Pages for MPs: http://politwitter.ca/page/canadian-politics-twitters/mp/house

Phone Numbers & Addresses for MPs: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Members/en/addresses

The Prime Minister:
Twitter: @justintrudeau
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

The Deputy Prime Minister:
Twitter: @cafreeland
Email: Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca

The Minister of Environment & Climate Change:
Twitter: @JonathanWNV
Email: Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca

The Minister of Health:
Twitter: @PattyHajdu
Email: Patty.Hajdu@parl.gc.ca

The MP for Cumberland – Colchester (she will be putting the bill forward on December 3, 2020)
Twitter: @ZannLenore
Email: Lenore.Zann@parl.gc

List of MPs:

https://openparliament.ca/politicians/

https://www.ourcommons.ca/members/en/search

MPs that recognize a legal right to a healthy environment:

https://bluedot.ca/mp-pledge/supporters-list/

 

 

 

 

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