Environment Canada Adds Officers
The Environment Minister, the Honourable John Baird, announced that 42 environment officers have been added to its enforcement team. The officers were hired and trained as part of the Budget 2007 commitment of $22 million to increase the number of on-the-ground enforcement officers and ensure polluters, smugglers and poachers are held accountable for violations of environmental laws.
The officers graduating today will be responsible for monitoring industrial pollution and responding to environmental disasters such as oil spills. Environment Canada's enforcement personnel conduct inspections and investigate potential offences under a number of Acts and Regulations including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; theSpecies at Risk Act (SARA); the pollution provisions of Canada's Fisheries Act; the Migratory Birds Act and Regulation; and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). They help ensure that companies, government employees and the general public comply with legislation and regulations that protect Canada's environment. Full Media Release.
Prince Rupert Volumes Up
The first six months of 2008 saw 42,555 TEUs (435,550 tonnes) move through the Fairview Container Terminal, an average of 7,093 TEUs (20-foot equivalent units) per month. Outbound containers accounted for nearly 50% of the throughput, of which 39% were fully laden for export to Asia.
Weekly container volumes through Prince Rupert have been steadily increasing since early April, from 1,232 TEUs to a record of 2,631 TEUs, compared to the North American West Coast port trend of declines in container imports.
The Port of Prince Rupert's overall performance continues to improve as well. Total volume throughput from January to June 2008 was 5,517,337 tonnes, up 11% compared to 5,021,819 for the first six months of 2007. The container volume of 435,550 tonnes and Ridley Terminals' 2,741,906 tonnes (+8.5%) led the increase in throughput, while product through Prince Rupert Grain decreased 8.5% from 2,607,407 to 2,170,643 tonnes.
GHG Cap and Trade Proposal
The recommended design contains costs through emission trading, allowance banking, and inclusion of an offsets component that will provide opportunities to obtain low-cost emission reductions. Further, the WCI design is intended to mitigate the economic impact on consumers, and the costs passed onto consumers, through design features such as allowance distribution and the use of offsets.
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Transits During Fireworks Event
COS Board Appointments
The Chamber of Shipping (COS) Board of Directors have appointed Richard Chappell of Weyerhaueser Canada/Westwood Shipping Lines as Chairman of the Board and Bruce Rothdram of Empire Shipping Agency as Vice Chairman following the resignation of Stephen Brown who will begin his transition to COS President beginning September 2, 2008.
With a vacancy left on the Board, David Bedwell, Executive Vice President of China Ocean Shipping Canada (COSCO) was invited and has accepted the appointment as COS Director for the remainder of the year.