Analysis suggests Harper government all but abandoned protection of fish habitat

first_imgThe Canadian PressA statistical analysis of the Conservative government’s changes to environmental laws and procedures suggests Ottawa has “all but abandoned” attempts to protect Canada’s lakes and rivers.“Over the last decade, what we’ve seen is a not-so-gradual abandonment of the fish habitat protection field,” said University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski.He has sifted through reams of data and dozens of development applications to conclude that federal protection for fisheries and waterways has been declining for more than a decade.Olszynski found environmental oversight by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans dropped dramatically during the 2000s – a time when Canada saw huge spending in the resource industries.And he concludes changes to environmental law in 2012 weren’t intended to cut red tape, as the government suggested, but to lower the environmental bar.“What my data suggests is that the narrative provided doesn’t add up in terms of this unduly intrusive regulatory regime. It was never really about reducing red tape.”Fisheries and Oceans was not immediately available for comment.In a paper for the Journal of Environmental Law and Practice, Olszynski shows the number of proposals to the department’s Central and Pacific regions fell to fewer than 4,000 by 2014 from more than 12,000 in 2001.The drop came in two stages.In 2004, the government decided to minimize oversight for projects deemed low-risk, which cut the number of projects it reviewed in half. The rest of the decrease came in 2012 after the government revamped environmental laws.Over that same period, enforcement fell off a cliff.Olszynski reports that environmental warnings and charges under the Fisheries Act fell to about 50 from about 300. Staff time allotted to enforcement dropped to 10,000 hours from 35,000.The department’s budget was cut by $80 million in 2012. Another $100 million in cuts are planned over three years beginning this year.The analysis shows officials are granting approvals without seeing a developer’s plans to fix any problems, despite federal law that says such plans must be approved before a project goes ahead. Olszynski’s suggests most approvals are now granted with the understanding a developer will file a plan later.Meanwhile, records show that the pace of development on rivers and lakes has kept roughly stable. A number of studies and peer-reviewed papers have also documented rapidly increasing impacts on forests and waterways.The federal government has argued it’s getting out of the regulatory end, so provinces can take over and duplication is reduced.Olszynski said that if red tape alone had been the issue, it should have been solved in 2004 when Ottawa first backed off overseeing some projects.He writes: “(Department of Fisheries and Oceans) appears to have been exemplary in reducing the administrative burden on proponents carrying out what it deemed to be low-risk activities.“Rather, the problem appears to have been substantive; government (or) proponents, or both, deemed actual compliance (i.e. avoidance and mitigation of impacts to fish habitat) too burdensome.”Provincial approvals for development projects still have to abide by federal law. Olszynski said his analysis shows the department doesn’t even see many of those proposals.Scaling back assessments for low-risk developments can be a valid way to reduce regulatory burdens, Olszynski said. But to work, he said, it requires credible oversight and enforcement.“DFO says we will reduce the burden on you, but you still have to comply with the act. What evidence is available suggests that industry did not keep their end of the bargain.“The strong deterrent signal wasn’t there … in terms of enforcement.”last_img read more

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Backers of SoccerCity development tout benefits to taxpayers and San Diego State

first_img Sasha Foo, January 18, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego State University, SoccerCity FacebookTwitter Backers of ‘SoccerCity’ development tout benefits to taxpayers and San Diego State Sasha Foo San Diego voters will get the chance in November to decide between two development plans for the Mission Valley site that was once Qualcomm Stadium.On Tuesday, supporters of the proposal to expand San Diego State turned in their signatures, as part of the process to qualify their plan as a voter initiative.Not to be eclipsed, proponents of the rival “SoccerCity” plan produced more arguments today to support their measure.KUSI’S Sasha Foo has the story. Posted: January 18, 2018last_img

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Will MS Dhoni return to lead CSK next year Captain makes huge

first_imgChennai Super Kings needed 150 to clinch their fourth IPL title and when Shane Watson, who was woefully out of form the entire tournament, started humming along, they were always going to be the favourites. However, despite the meltdown in the middle-order and despite, the slightly controversial run-out of MS Dhoni, the defending champions still needed 9 runs off the final over and Rohit Sharma threw the ball to Lasith Malinga.It was a brilliant over by the veteran, Yorkers, slower balls, and keeping his calm – he gave away only seven runs as Mumbai Indians went all the way to bag their fourth IPL crown. Epic scenes followed and MS Dhoni conceded after the match that it was not perfect tournament for his side, but his bowlers kept getting the job done.’The middle order wasn’t great’ MS Dhoni leads his sideIPL Twitter”As a team we had a good season. But we need to go back and reflect on how we reached the finals. It’s not one of those years where we played really great cricket to reach here. The middle order wasn’t great, and today it was very funny as to how both teams were only passing on the trophy from one team to the other,” the skipper said after the match.Speaking on the final, Dhoni believed that both sides made a lot of mistakes and in the end, the side which made fewer mistakes walked away with the match. He also said that they need to rethink few things, but not the focus will shift to the World Cup. File photo of former CSK captain MS DhoniIANS”Both teams made a lot of mistakes, the team that made one lesser mistake won. I think the bowlers did really well for us, even today it was definitely more than a 150 wicket. They kept performing and kept getting wickets whenever needed,” he further added.With MS Dhoni, there are always whispers about his own cricketing career and whether or not, he will continue playing after the World Cup. The skipper said that hopefully, he is back next season, a statement which drew raucous applause.”We have to go to our drawing board, and there is no real time for that now. We need to go into the World Cup and after that we need to see the gaps that we can fill. Nothing against the bowlers, it’s the batsmen who need to step up. [Will he be there in the next season?] Hopefully yes,” Dhoni said.last_img read more

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Saaho Psycho Saiyaan Kadal Psycho teaser review Viewers desperately wait for full

first_imgNavyasree999‏ @Navyasree9991 This song is going to rock #PsychoSaiyaan Can’t watch for the full song…. On repeat mode… Goutham‏ @goutham4098 WOW! the duo #Prabhas ‘n’ @ShraddhaKapoor looking SUPER HOT in the 1st glimpse of #SaahoFirstSingle #PsychoSaiyaan out on 8th July. Loved the teaser, eagerly wait for the video … #Saaho @UV_Creations @TSeriescenter_img Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor’s dashing new look in the first Saaho song Kadal PsychoTwitterThe makers of Saaho released the teaser of Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam versions of its first song Psycho Saiyaan / Kadal Psycho on Friday, July 5. The video is getting positive responses from music lovers. Saaho, which is Prabhas’s next release after Baahubali 2, is scheduled to hit the screens on August 15. The makers of the movie have kept most of its promos under wraps.However, the Baahubali actor’s fans have been desperately waiting for the release of its songs and trailer. The makers revealed the title of its first song Psycho Saiyaan / Kadal Psycho on Thursday and said that they would soon release its teaser.The makers announced on Thursday that they would unleash the teaser of all the four versions of the first soundtrack from Saaho. The bosses of UV Creations tweeted, “Get ready to catch a glimpse of our #PsychoSaiyaan/#KadalPsycho from #Saaho! Teaser out tomorrow.”The UV Creation took to Twitter on Friday to post the links of the teaser. “Just a little tease by our Saiyaan is enough to make you go Psycho! Here comes the teaser of #PsychoSaiyaan/#KadalPsycho from #Saaho! Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam,” they tweeted.The teaser of the groovy track shows that the music video of the song is set against a party backdrop. The soundtrack is going to have trendy lyrics, foot-tapping music and beautiful voices. The teaser ends with the revelation of its release date, which is July 8.The teaser is not just an instant hit with the music lovers but has also doubled their excitement for listening to the full versions of the song.The teaser is now trending on top in all the social media channels. Here is what some audience say about it on Twitter.Shiv. Dutta▫▫‏ @imshiva17 #psychosaiyaan teaser out nw actorprabhas did jst few steps in teaser( v can expect many more steps in full song )bt mindblowing @shraddhakapoor also,their pair is amazing in d song #saaholast_img read more

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Khaleda granted bail in graft cases

first_imgKhaleda Zia.File PhotoBNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been granted bail in both Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.Judge of  Dhaka Special Judges Court-5, Akhtaruzzaman on Tuesday handed down the bail order after the BNP chief appeared before the makeshift court at Bakshibazar in Dhaka at 11:00pm.Earlier on 30 November, the court issued arrest warrants against Khaleda cancelling her bail in the cases.The court announced that hearing of the Zia Orphanage Trust case will be held between 6 December and 8 December.On 3 July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.On 8 August 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img read more

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Proposal moved in Assembly to bring DDA within Delhi government ambit

first_imgIn a bid to improve infrastructural development in the national Capital, the Delhi Assembly on Friday passed a private member bill to bring Delhi Development Authority (DDA) under the control of the Delhi government, amid claims that the land-owning agency has no free land for infrastructural development. AAP MLA Sanjiv Jha moved a resolution in the Assembly seeking DDA to come under the Delhi government. Moving the proposal on Friday, Jha said: “The DDA has failed to execute the master plan and it is responsible for the condition of the unauthorised colonies. If Delhi government needs land, it has to place a request before the DDA.” Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreHe alleged that corruption in DDA has casted a shadow on regularisation of unauthorised colonies.“DDA’s land pooling policy doesn’t say how it will do land pooling in unauthorised colonies,” the AAP lawmaker said.Another AAP MLA, Dinesh Mohaniya told the Delhi Assembly that the elected government in Delhi has limited mandate to carry out development works. “Delhi government has made a payment of Rs 210 crore for buying land for construction of schools and hospitals. The same money could have been used aid other development works. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested“The public has voted for the Delhi government, but DDA reports to the Lieutenant Governor,” the AAP legislator from Sangam Vihar said. However, the BJP in the Delhi Assembly snubbed at the AAP, saying that the DDA can’t be brought under the control of Arvind Kejriwal-led government.“President of India has the ownership of the land acquired in Delhi. His representative, Lieutenant Governor has been vested with the power to administer the same,” BJP legislator from Vishwas Nagar, Om Prakash Sharma, said.last_img read more

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79 youth in JK have joined militant ranks this yr Govt

first_img79 youth in Kashmir Valley have joined various terror outfits during this year, a figure which is 30 per cent higher than that of the previous year, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.Replying to a written question by BJP member Lal Sinh Vadodia, Minister of State for Home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said as per reports, 79 youths have joined militant ranks during 2015 (as on November 30) whereas 60 youths joined militant ranks during the corresponding period of 2014.There has been a growing concern within the security establishment about the sudden increase in disappearance of youths in Kashmir Valley this year and reports coming in suggest that they have joined various militant organisations, especially pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen led by Burhan Wani.The minister informed the Upper House that the terrorist activities in the Jammu and Kashmir were regularly being monitored and reviewed at various levels. He said that the government has adopted various counter measures to neutralise these efforts and capabilities of militants to disturb peace in the state.Chaudhary said the government has also encouraged policies to mainstream the youth, including providing employment opportunities to wean them away from militancy.He said various steps have been initiated, including proactively taking suitable measures to safeguard the borders from cross-border terrorism and containing militancy.last_img read more

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