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