Parliament must repeal Conservative amendments to the Fisheries Act, says the Commons fisheries committee. The panel’s Liberal majority concluded the 2012 changes failed to protect habitat.
February 27th, 2017
November 10th, 2016
B.C. MP Fin Donnelly advises that not only are open-net salmon farms harming our wild salmon, but there is an alternative - closed containment salmon farming. No need to reinvent the wheel here. Denmark and Norway are already building closed-containment farms. Could we not expect, for example, that Marine Harvest, the world's biggest Atlantic salmon producer, based in Bergen, Norway, which operates near five towns in B.C., do the same?
July 19th, 2016
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March 23rd, 2016
"The devil’s in the details. Or the lack of details.
That’s how New Democrat MP Fin Donnelly — a critic of the previous Conservatives government’s decision to close the Kitsilano Coast Guard station — reacted to the Liberals’ federal budget announcement Tuesday that the reopened rescue station would be expanded to provide an emergency environmental response and to train local groups in emergency response.
August 20th, 2014
By Fin Donnelly, Special to the Vancouver Sun
The Mount Polley mine tailings disaster that released more than 14 million cubic meters of metals-laden fine sand, toxic sludge and water into one of British Columbia’s most productive sockeye producing lakes is certainly one of the worst environmental disasters this province has experienced. While drinking water and fishing bans may have been recently lifted, the impact of this event will be felt by the community and environment for years to come.
February 21st, 2014
Re: Federal government supports B.C. salmon, Letters, Feb. 12
Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and her Parliamentary Secretary Randy Kamp try to make the case that the Conservative government has acted on Justice Cohen’s recommendations, but the reality is they have failed to properly respond to this $26 million public inquiry.
February 13th, 2014
December 9th, 2013
The NDP shares concerns about the pervasive environmental and cultural impact of this proposed mine, which include the grave threat to fish and wildlife, livelihoods, as well as serious challenge First Nation’s inherent spiritual and human rights. While there may be potential economic benefits to this project, it is irresponsible to ignore these impacts.
May 7th, 2013
By BEA VONGDOUANGCHANH | Published: Monday, 05/06/2013 12:00 am EDT
Sharks are thought to be 450 million years old, have lived through five mass extinctions, and are vital to our ecosystem, but 100 million of them are slaughtered annually for their fins—often while they are still alive and dropped back in the ocean—for what is an estimated $3-trillion-a-year global business. The House recently defeated a private member’s bill that would have banned the importation of shark fins, and despite a promise, the government still has not taken any action to strengthen such a ban nor has it introduced any new regulations to address the problem.
March 22nd, 2013
In our community, hundreds of people with disabilities are still uncertain about whether they are eligible for important tax credits; tax credits which could result in a significant refund. My office wants to make sure that every eligible resident in our community knows how to access this tax refund. To that end, we are off offerring workshops to assist people in taking advantage of the Disability Tax Credit (DTC). The DTC can be claimed retroactively for up to 10 years.
July 27th, 2012
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June 5th, 2012
Edmonton Journal, 5 June 2012 By Peter O'Neil
OTTAWA – Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield was accused Tuesday of misleading the House of Commons and of misrepresenting Canadian cities and towns after he suggested the Federation of Canadian Municipalities still supports controversial and sweeping changes to the Fisheries Act.
April 14th, 2012
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March 14th, 2012
Mr. Fin Donnelly: In your opening remarks you talked about habitat protection. In the questions you also pointed out an example of a jamboree in a field. Isn't it more to the point of looking at pipeline projects and that you've been intensely lobbied by large organizations, with more of a focus on pipelines and oil transportation off the coast, perhaps mining and other major activities? Isn't that more of a concern? Certainly it's come to light.
March 13th, 2012
Vancouver Sun, 13 March 2012 By Peter O'Neil
OTTAWA - The Harper government is planning to gut the powers in federal legislation intended to protect fish habitat, making it easier for projects like Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway pipeline to B.C. to clear federal hurdles, according to a retired fisheries biologist who obtained the information from a government source.
March 13th, 2012
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January 16th, 2012
New Westminster News Leader, 16 January 2012 By Staff Writer
New Westminster MPs Peter Julian and Fin Donnelly have challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper and federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to tour Royal Columbian Hospital before making changes to the transfer of health funds to the provinces.
December 6th, 2011
November 18th, 2011
New Westminster News Leader, 18 November 2011 By Staff Writer
New Westminster-Coquitlam and Port Moody NDP MP Fin Donnelly is giving it another shot in his bid to get the federal government to strengthen its medical employment insurance benefits for those suffering from serious illnesses such as cancer.
November 15th, 2011
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November 1st, 2011
New Westminster NewsLeader, 1 November 2011
New Westminster-Coquitlam MP Fin Donnelly is joining the Movember movement to grow a moustache in honour of deceased NDP federal leader Jack Layton. Participants in the Movember campaign spend the month without shaving their moustache to bring awareness to prostate cancer—a disease that claimed Layton’s life earlier this year—and raise funds to fight the disease. “This campaign is very personal to me,” said Donnelly. “It is a fitting tribute to Jack. He was so positive throughout his illness; he would want us to continue to fight this disease and to do so with style and grace.”
October 24th, 2011
The Daily News, 24 October 2011 By Walter Cordery
It wasn't until Alaskan and Washington state politicians raised the alarm about a potentially devastating salmon virus that has been detected in wild West Coast salmon stocks that Ottawa started to investigate the findings of a study by Simon Fraser University fisheries statistician Rick Routledge.
October 21st, 2011
Postmedia News, 21 October 2011 By Peter O'Neil
The Harper government, which described as "inconclusive" tests showing British Columbia wild sockeye salmon have been infected with a potentially devastating virus, isn't taking the matter as seriously as top politicians in the U.S., the House of Commons was told Thursday.
September 16th, 2011
August 22nd, 2011
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of The Honourable Jack Layton, Leader of the New Democratic Party. My thoughts are with Jack's wife Olivia, his children Mike and Sarah and the rest of Jack's family. Today Canada has lost a great political leader. It was Jack's leadership and boundless energy that encouraged me to run as Member of Parliament. He inspired all of us to fight for our beliefs with courage, determination and optimism. His legacy will carry on through all who strive to make Canada a better place.
February 15th, 2011
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Matthew Furlong The Telegram January 14, 2010
Canadians are having two main problems with Stephen Harper’s second prorogation of Parliament.
The first is with members of Parliament wasting government money by not doing the work expected of them. The second is with Harper’s contempt for the parliamentary hurdles necessarily faced by a minority government, and his abnormal use of a normally uncontroversial procedure.