Applying the precautionary principle in relation to a number of Canada’s international environmental commitments
Issue(s): Biological diversity, climate change, human/environmental health, international cooperation, and toxic substances
Petitioner(s): Global Compliance Research Project (Joan Russow)
Date Received: 8 April 2013
Status: Replies received but not yet posted
Summary: The petitioner alleges that Canada has failed to apply the precautionary principle related to a number of its international environmental commitments in the areas of biological diversity, climate change, and fish management. The petitioner questions the federal government about the impact on biological diversity of pesticides and genetically engineered crops, as well as the impact of oil sands operations on climate change, and the impact of potential oil spills from pipelines. The petitioner also asks about the impact of aquaculture on fish and fish habitat and raises some concerns about aquatic species at risk.