Cruise Ship Employee Inquiry on Industry Eco-Regulations

My name is Erin.

I work as a cruise ship employee, and lately I’ve been thinking about how we can do better.

This is a proposal I am trying to put together to pitch to the cruising industry. Cruise ships are not and never will be environmentally friendly, but if given the chance I believe plenty of vacationers would be happy to do the planet some good on their vacation. I do not make any money on this, I just believe it is the right thing to do.

I would like to find a way for environmental organizations to partner with cruise companies so that ships can offer tours to the guests that are actually helpful to the port they are visiting. My question to your organization is, what could you do with a nearly endless supply of volunteer labor?

Could you add a plastic-collecting session to a diving tour? 

Do you need people to plant trees, dig up invasive plants, clean up trails? 

Could people help with water quality sampling or data collection of some sort?

Would you teach people about sustainable farming or animal husbandry or local wildlife?

The benefits to the partnering organizations should be manifold. This could be a chance to help raise environmental awareness with people from all over the world, publicize the work you’re doing, and work with nearly endless supply of enthusiastic volunteers. 

Cruise ship guest are only in a port for a day, and the average shore excursion lasts anywhere from three to eight hours. While that may not seem like a lot of time, busy ports can get multiple ships a day every day for an entire season. That adds up quickly. The tour groups can be as large or small as your organization would feel comfortable working with- from ten people to fifty. How your organization would structure your time with the guests is up to you (and I would love to hear ideas.)

This is all still hypothetical. I’m still in the data collection phase, and I need to know that there are organizations who would be interested in the partnership before I pitch this idea to a cruise company.  By replying to this email you are not signing up for anything or obliged to anyone, just helping to get this project off the ground. If you’re not interested or this does not sound like a fit for your organization I completely understand. Any advise and additional ideas would be wonderful. If you know of environmental organization in the area that would be interested in hearing about this or having input, feel free to pass it on. I only ask that this be confined to strictly nature related environmental organizations. 

Again, this is not a business venture for me, but I do think I have an opportunity to make a difference for the better so that I what I am trying to do.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely, 

Erin

Please email nsenvironmentalnetwork@gmail.com to connect with Erin!

OPINION: Multiple Stakeholders to Consider Regarding Nuttby Mountain Clearcut

Laurent LePierres,
Opinion Page Editor,
The Chronicle Herald,
Dear Laurent ,
I enjoy the Opinion section of the paper under your editorship. As a resident of Nuttby Mountain where clearcutting is all around me, this topic weighs heavily on me. wish to submit the following piece to the Opinion page as a Readers’ Corner or Op. Ed. article.
In response to today’s report “Union warns of huge job losses if mill closes” I wish to wonder a bit more deeply than the union has.  I always thought that trucks would work the same regardless of what they were moving.  The service industries could serve environmentally- friendly businesses instead of the environmentally unfriendly businesses,  My grandfather changed from being a horse teamster moving logs in New Brunswick, to being a horse teamster moving commodities in Massachusetts. The trucker to whom Donna Crossland spoke, said he wouldn’t have any trouble finding a new trucking job.
I wonder how many jobs, closing that mill down, would be saved and how many jobs, getting rid of the pulp mill would help create?  Fishing, sports fishing, sports hunting, waterway tourism, eco tourism, upland tourism (which had been decimated), genealogical tourism (who wants to visit a cemetery or ancestor’s former home surrounded by or including clearcuts), ordinary tourism, herbalists, medicinal industries, scientific work with real sustainability in mind, maple syrup industry, flooring industry, value-added wood industries, and real lumber industry. 
I am sure the rarer real hardwood will get, the more valuable it will be. The rarer water’s value, being quickly ruined, certainly has to be considered.  One also needs to take into consideration the service industries for each of those above industries and take into consideration service industries lost while those areas keep getting polluted and the forests raped. I wonder how the value of properties might go up if they weren’t surrounded by clearcuts.
I wonder how many people would be saved or health improved, without those unnecessary pollutants and with the forest being the best means of clearing pollutants out. I wonder how much better the Earth would be, having atmospheric Carbon and Nitrogen kept in the forest, with soils cooled and shaded so they wouldn’t lose their long stored carbon and nitrates. I wonder how much better off the soils and, consequently, the water would be with their systems protected instead of allowing the leaching and erosion to take place.  
All and all there are certainly many more jobs gained than lost and more people living longer as a consequence. Financially the Earth would be better off with environmentally friendly jobs–and wouldn’t the people be as well?  
Sincerely,

Norris Whiston

Retired Public Educator; BSc Engineering, University of Rhode Island; MEd Acadia University

Earltown Mountain, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia B0K 1V0

902-657-3476

New and Recent Chemicals Management Plan Docs Open for Comment

Certain Organic Flame Retardants Substance Grouping
The proposed order adding DP and DBDPE to Schedule 1 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 was published for a 60-day public comment period ending on August 28, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/substance-groupings-initiative/certain-organic-flame-retardants-substance-grouping.html

Zinc and its Compounds
The Draft Screening Assessment for Zinc and its Compounds and the Risk Management Scope for Zinc and Soluble Zinc Compounds were published for a 60-day public comment period ending on August 28, 2019.

https://canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/chemicals-management-plan-3-substances/zinc-compounds.html

Chlorhexidine and its Salts
The Final Screening Assessment for Chlorhexidine and its Salts and the Proposed Risk Management Approach for Chlorhexidine and its Salts were published. The deadline for comments on the DRMA is August 28.
https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/evaluating-existing-substances/screening-assessment-chlorhexidine-salts.html

Risk Management Approach: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/evaluating-existing-substances/risk-management-approach-chlorhexidine-salts.html

Consultation on the Protection of Canadian Workers
A consultation document on an integrated strategy for the protection of Canadian workers from exposure to chemicals was published for a consultation period ending on August 30, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/consulting-future-chemicals-management-canada.html

Phosphoric Acid Derivatives Group 
The Draft Screening Assessment for the Phosphoric Acid Derivatives Group was published for a 60-day public comment period ending on September 11, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/chemicals-management-plan-3-substances/phosphoric-acid-derivatives-group.html

Formaldehyde
The proposed Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products Regulations were published for a 75-day public comment period ending onSeptember 12, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/chemical-substances/other-chemical-substances-interest/formaldehyde.html

Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations
The proposed Volatile Organic Compound Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations were published for a 75-day public comment period ending on September 19, 2019.

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-07-06/html/reg1-eng.html

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Si vous souhaitez soumettre des commentaires sur l’un des produits chimiques mentionné ci-dessous, veuillez communiquer avec le RCSHE.

Merci!

Liz

Groupe de certaines substances ignifuges organiques
Le décret proposé visant à inscrire le DP et le DBDPE à l’annexe 1 de la Loi canadienne sur la protection de l’environnement (1999) a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 60 jours se terminant le 28 août 2019.
https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/initiative-groupes-substances/groupe-certaines-substances-ignifuges-organiques.html

Zinc et ses composés
L’Ébauche d’évaluation préalable du zinc et de ses composés et le Cadre de gestion des risques pour le zinc et les composés solubles du zinc ont été publiés pour une période de commentaires du public de 60 jours se terminant le 28 août 2019.
https://canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/substances-troisieme-phase-plan-gestion-produits-chimiques/zinc-composes.html

Chlorhexidine et ses sels
L’Évaluation préalable finale de la chlorhexidine et de ses sels et l’Approche de gestion du risque pour la chlorhexidine et ses sels ont été publiées. La période de commentaires du public de 60 jours pour l’Approche de gestion du risque préalable se terminant le 28 août 2019. 

’Ébauche d’évaluation préalable : https://www.canada.ca/fr/environnement-changement-climatique/services/evaluation-substances-existantes/evaluation-prealable-chlorhexidine-sels.html

L’Approche de gestion du risque : https://www.canada.ca/fr/environnement-changement-climatique/services/evaluation-substances-existantes/approche-gestion-risque-chlorhexidine-sels.html

Groupe des acides phosphoriques et dérivés
L’Ébauche d’évaluation préalable des substances du Groupe des acides phosphoriques et dérivés a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 60 jours se terminant le 11 septembre 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/substances-troisieme-phase-plan-gestion-produits-chimiques/groupe-acides-phosphoriques-derives.html

Consultation relative à une stratégie intégrée pour la protection des travailleurs 
Un document de consultation relative à une stratégie intégrée pour la protection des travailleurs canadiens contre l’exposition aux produits chimiques a été publié pour une période de consultation se terminant le 30 août 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/consultation-avenir-gestion-produits-chimiques-canada.html

Formaldéhyde
Le projet de Règlement sur les émissions de formaldéhyde provenant des produits de bois composite a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 75 jours se terminant le 12 septembre 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/fr/sante-canada/services/substances-chimiques/autres-substances-chimiques-interets/formaldehyde.html

Règlement limitant la concentration en composés organiques volatils de certains produits 
Le projet du Règlement limitant la concentration en composés organiques volatils de certains produits a été publié pour une période de commentaires du public de 75 jours se terminant le 19 septembre 2019.

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2019-07-06/html/reg1-fra.html

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OPINION: Why I’m Finding it Difficult to Believe in the Current Corporate-Owned Capitalist Political System We Have

I wish I could believe. I respect progressive politics– the creators of the CCF (Co-operative Commonwealth Federation – they were my people after all [Baptists!]). I’ve believed for a long time. I want to believe now. I really do. Trudeau has nailed the final nail in the coffin of me not believing in the voting and election process. I wrote “Spoiling the ballot” as a shout out to trigger an example of the level of civil disobedience needed. I really feel we have flatlined as far as governments go–there are no worse and no better because what we desperately need NOW– a declaration of a state of emergency and a war level effort to slow global warming–they cannot produce. They are all chained to being bad because the corporate capitalist takeover of democracy is complete.

I’ve been reading and listening to Chris Hedges for eight years. He’s saying we MUST carry out acts of legal, peaceful civil disobedience. Most of us who have slipped from the middle to the lower income quintile are now the “underclass” that indigenous Canadians have been for 250 years. We really need to join with them in resisting environmental “extractivism” and degradation. John Risley doesn’t need any more profit for a second private plane. Galen Weston doesn’t need any more profit from his palm oil-laced processed foods to the detriment of the rainforests being decimated and the habitat of orangutans and tens of thousands of species lost. For our junk food? To make us obese? Why is this allowed? Because governments will not regulate industry because industry owns them, the way Northern Pulp owns McNeil, the way the Big Boys owned Dexter and every other politician who gets into power.

All our employment must come from small organic farming (permaculture) operations. Everyone must go “back to the garden” and governments need to help people get back to growing their own food. Focusing on a non-polluting energy industry and an improved grid, as well as a new tax system which heavily taxes the richest (as FDR did in the 1930s) in order to create clean infrastructure jobs,  should be prioritized. Selective silva culture forestry and rebuilding of the Acadian forest will follow.

Prevention of lifestyle disease through nutrition education and massive numbers of public government-run kitchens which distribute fresh food and teach skills about what our bodies need and what the environment can handle now is key for a healthy future. Extreme heat and irregular weather is upon us, so we must shut down biomass, fracking, coal mining and pulp mills, (nationalize our energy system), restore salt marshes for protection from storm surges and put people to work doing all these things.

We need to encourage the creation of organic farms, clean energy technology, conservation (rewilding, tree planting), a plant-based diet and active transportation programs to encourage exercise and healthy eating. Redistribution of excess food to low-income households should be a law–no corporation should be throwing out perfectly good food. All these things must be put in place by government.

Thirteen-year-olds are striking from school and suing federal governments. They know they have no future. We have to do something more radical because of the climate crisis is fully upon us. Even at the oft-quoted 1.5 degrees temperature rise limit, growing food may be too difficult. PEI ploughed under 30% of its potato crop this summer. Growers told me it was the hardest year to grow food they have seen in 30 years. If that’s the case at 1.1 degree temperature rise that we already have, what will 1.5 degrees bring?

Seven years ago we were at 380 parts per billion of CO2. Now we’re up to 412 and it’s rising in greater increments all the time, especially in the last two years. We have to draw down, and drawback from business as usual which federal and provincial governments exemplify as fast as possible on our own and maybe with the help of municipal governments declaring a state of emergency. We need to collapse unregulated corporate capitalism. Piketty’s book is called ‘The End of Capitalism‘. The sooner we get there, the very slight chance we have to create a green economy and a more socially just world.

Climate disruption demands we change everything from plastic bags to limiting flying to the shifting the tax system to upping public transportation and limiting car use in urban cores. We must tax the rich heavily and use all the money to transition to a no carbon, zero growth economy. We have no time to wait for governments who are under the thumb of Big Oil in the case of Trudeau and the Mafia (in the case of Thug Ford). We have no socialist party in Canada. Otherwise, the NDP or the Greens would have promoted things like “The Leap Manifesto” (in the case of the Federal NDP) or “Carbon Fee and Dividend” (in the case of the Green Party). There are no parties that will do what is needed. It’s a state of emergency, no less.

Chris Hedges doesn’t even get to talking about climate change. He has just thoroughly dissected and exposed neoliberalism, austerity and the corporate takeover of government. In Canada as well, we have books and articles written by whistleblowers. Such as ‘Deep Oil State‘, which spells out how the multinational oil companies took over the federal government, and Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret exposes what factory farming is doing to the atmosphere, not to mention our health. The UN has announced our global food system is broken. People are starving; people are morbidly obese; people are full of disease caused by what they eat or don’t eat. Corporate agriculture and billionaire food processing giants are killing us so that big pharma can squeeze millions of insurance dollars out through heavy drug prescribing.

As Chris Hedges said, “If we don’t stop them, they’re going to kill us all.” Climate change is the most obvious evidence of how the thugs, the goons, the greedy, the sociopaths, the criminal, the power mongers that control the world are killing us.

We need to have face to face discussion about what we, the people must do in Nova Scotia and all across Canada. That’s why I’m trying to bring activists together to brainstorm and listen to each other. Convince me that the NS NDP will come with policies that address all these concerns.

The frog is seconds from croaking its last croak. We need to get him out, do major revival work on him and there’s a minuscule chance he will recover. But we have to make Nova Scotians understand what Hedges is saying and that’s a big challenge unless maybe they can see how serious it is now because of the difficulty growing food.

By Joanne Light