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  1. On October 4, 2021, EllisDon Construction Services Inc. was sentenced in the Provincial Court of Alberta in Calgary after pleading guilty to one count of violating section 6(a) of the Migratory Birds Regulations pursuant to the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 (MBCA, 1994).
  2. During today’s Global Methane Pledge Ministerial Meeting, co-chaired by the United States and the European Union, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced Canada’s support for the Global Methane Pledge, which aims to reduce global methane emissions by 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030.
  3. With less than a month until COP26, Canada joined over 40 countries this week in Milan for Pre-COP—the final formal ministerial meeting to prepare for November’s global summit. Countries from around the world discussed the need and the mechanisms to keep the goal of 1.5°C within reach, fully implement the Paris Agreement, and help developing countries mitigate and adapt to climate change.
  4. Media representatives are advised that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will hold media availability to discuss the pre-COP26 meeting in Milan, Italy.
  5. Following the confirmed finding of African swine fever (ASF) in the Dominican Republic in July 2021, ASF has since been confirmed in Haiti.
  6. On September 15, 2021, Canadian National Railway Company (CN Rail) pleaded guilty in Prince Rupert Provincial Court to a charge of violating subsection 36(3) of the Fisheries Act in relation to the deposit of pesticides in or around waters frequented by fish. The company was fined $2.5 million, which will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.
  7. Media representatives are advised that the Canadian Hurricane Centre will provide an update on Hurricane Larry on Friday, September 10, 2021. Warning Preparedness Meteorologist, Bob Robichaud, will discuss the latest information about the storm.
  8. On September 2, 2021, Wilson Arthur Brown, Wilson Pleman Frank Brown, and Carl Arthur Brown, of Summerford, Newfoundland and Labrador, were sentenced to pay a total of $32,000 in penalties for having each committed two offences under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.
  9. From September 13 to 15, 2021, Canada and the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra will virtually co-host the landmark circular economy event of the year, the World Circular Economy Forum 2021 (WCEF2021). Media representatives are invited to register to learn more about the economic, social, and environmental benefits of the circular economy and to have access to world leaders, experts, and entrepreneurs as they share insights on the circular economy, success stories, challenges, and a proposed path forward.
  10. On August 31, 2021, S L Dried Seafood Co. Ltd. and Wang Cheung, store manager, were sentenced to pay fines of $60,000 and $5,000 respectively after pleading guilty in the Newmarket Ontario Court of Justice to unlawfully importing protected shark species without a permit from the country of export.
  11. Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $99,900 investment to ERTH Corp to install 21 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the province to put Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future. ERTH Corp is also contributing $236,946 toward this initiative, bringing the total project cost to $336,846.
  12. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $605,000 investment in two biomass projects in the Lac-Saint-Jean region.
  13. Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced as part of the Enhanced Nature Legacy up to $796 million in funding to support provinces and territories and other partners’ actions to recover species at risk and protect and conserve lands and freshwater.
  14. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced $277,129 to the Lac Simon First Nation to support the expansion of non-timber forest production activities in the region. The investment will help the community increase mushroom production and harvesting while balancing environmental protection with other forest activities.
  15. The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and his French counterpart, Barbara Pompili, Minister of the Ecological Transition, renewed the successful 2018 Canada–France Partnership on Climate and Environment that will guide the next stage of joint climate action.
  16. Today, the First Nations-Canada Joint Committee on Climate Action (JCCA) released its third annual report to the Prime Minister and the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. The JCCA’s annual report documents the positive steps taken towards reconciliation and forging a stronger climate partnership in 2020. This year’s report highlights the Joint Committee’s work in five key areas:
  17. Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced an investment of up to $340 million in new funding over five years to support Indigenous leadership in nature conservation, as part of Canada’s historic Budget 2021 investment of $2.3 billion over five years in nature conservation.
  18. The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today the creation of two ministerial consulting committees to help supporting a green shift in the arts, culture, heritage and sport sectors...
  19. Earlier today, parliamentary Secretary Marc G. Serré, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $40,000 investment to Kruger Products, Canada’s leading tissue products manufacturer, to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at its Crabtree plant in Quebec.
  20. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, will announce investments in the forest sector in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.
  21. Today, Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced $50,000 to the City of Greater Sudbury in support of the Government of Canada’s plan to plant two billion trees over 10 years.
  22. Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, launched a new stream under SREPs that will focus on building capacity to enable community-driven solutions to succeed in the low-carbon economy.
  23. Today, Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced $3,353,700 to Groupe Ramo Inc. in support of the Government of Canada’s plan to plant two billion trees over 10 years. This project will see 1,600,000 trees planted at Groupe Ramo’s facility in the Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan region.
  24. Media representatives are advised that the Parliamentary Secretary, Terry Duguid, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, will make an announcement related to the protection of the Lake Winnipeg Basin. He will be joined by the Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development, the Honourable Ralph Eichler.
  25. Today, as work continues towards the development of the strategy, the Government of Canada released a report entitled Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change in Canada: an update on the National Adaptation Strategy. The report builds on a first round of conversations with provinces and territories, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, Indigenous representatives, and youth organizations to identify the strategy’s objectives and principles.
  26. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced $218,240 to the Abitibiwinni First Nation to support woodland caribou recovery in the region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
  27. Entanglements in fishing gear can pose serious harm to whales and other marine mammals. They can impact the animal’s ability to swim, eat, and reproduce, and they can be fatal. That is why the Government of Canada is working to prevent these entanglement risks from occurring, including by requiring all non-tended, fixed-gear fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Quebec to use whalesafe gear by the beginning of the 2023 fishing seasons.
  28. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, will make a tree-planting announcement.
  29. Marc G. Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, will make an announcement to support energy efficiency in the industrial sector.
  30. Today, the Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced a comprehensive action plan to protect firefighters from harmful chemicals released during household fires.
  31. The Government of Canada has announced a comprehensive action plan to protect firefighters from harmful chemicals released during household fires.
  32. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $240,000 investment to the Kebaowek First Nation to support the expansion of forest sector transportation activities. The investment helped the community secure an additional transportation truck to support training activities, which allowed the community to expand its workforce.
  33. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, and the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec, today announced a total of $4.25 million toward Anomera Inc. to support the construction of a demonstration-scale facility that will produce 250 tonnes per year of carboxylated-cellulose nanocrystals (cCNC) and bring its cosmetics ingredients and industrial products to market.
  34. The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Kevin Hall, President of the University of Victoria and Kate Moran, President of Ocean Networks Canada will make an announcement on support for Ocean Networks Canada.
  35. Media representatives are advised that the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will make an announcement on protecting firefighters from harmful chemicals. He will be joined by Mr. Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-Seymour.
  36. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, will announce investments in caribou habitat conservation in Abitibi-Témiscamingue.
  37. Today, the Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced up to $116,200 from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund to support the City of Mount Pearl Energy-Efficiency and Fuel Switching Project. This funding is part of the $4.8 million to support 13 climate action projects in Newfoundland and Labrador that was announced by Canada and the province on May 19, 2021. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is also contributing $96,800 in support of this initiative. This investment comes from the province’s Climate Change Challenge Fund.
  38. Today, Ryan Turnbull, Member of Parliament for Whitby, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced $ 2,040,946 to Canadian Trees for Life in support of the Government of Canada’s plan to plant two billion trees over 10 years. This funding will support 30 Trees for Life projects in various locations, which will see a combined total of nearly 275,000 trees planted.
  39. Today, Maryam Monsef, Minister of Rural Economic Development and for Women and Gender Equality and Member of Parliament for Peterborough–Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced $232,325 to ALUS Canada in support of the Government of Canada’s plan to plant two billion trees over 10 years.
  40. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, will announce investments in the forest sector in Abitibi- Témiscamingue.
  41. The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Rural Economic Development and for Women and Gender Equality and Member of Parliament for Peterborough–Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, will make a tree-planting announcement.
  42. Marc G. Serré, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, will announce investments in the forest sector in Abitibi- Témiscamingue.
  43. Media representatives are advised that the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, will make an announcement to support the City of Mount Pearl Energy-Efficiency and Fuel Switching Project.
  44. Ryan Turnbull, Member of Parliament for Whitby, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, will make a tree-planting announcement.
  45. The Honourable Mona Fortier, Minister of Middle Class Prosperity, Associate Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a $547,500 investment to the Ottawa Community Housing Corporation (OCHC) to retrofit affordable housing.
  46. Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $230,000 investment for Waterloo Region municipalities to install 46 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the region, putting Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future.
  47. Government of Canada working with the city of Windsor to explore the potential of a national urban park in Windsor.
  48. The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced a new call for expression of interest to support CCUS across the country. Funded under the Energy Innovation Program (EIP), this call will support Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) studies that have the potential to reduce the impact of carbon emissions.
  49. I would like to thank the delegation that took part in the 54th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change from July 26 to August 6. The policy analysts, scientists, and senior executives from Environment and Climate Change, Fisheries and Oceans and Natural Resources Canada, as well as representatives of three national Indigenous organizations, represented our country at IPCC-54, where 195 nations participated.
  50. Today, Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced $196,478 to the City of Toronto in support of the Government of Canada’s plan to plant two billion trees over 10 years.