Friday, 21 September 2018 15:01

Cumulative effects of marine shipping update

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Transport Canada has released an executive summary of the Literature Review done in conjunction with the national Oceans Protection Plan Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping Initiative.  Comments and responses to four introductory questions on marine activities to date are available at https://letstalktransportation.ca/cems and further input is invited. 

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The Government of Canada has launched an engagement plan with business, industry, academia, Indigenous Peoples, and different levels of government to help develop a ‘Made-in-Western-Canada’ growth strategy. The strategy will reflect unique regional advantages of each province and help stimulate economic growth. More information on the regional landscape of Western Canada can be found in the Western Canada Growth Strategy Engagement Paper. The public is encouraged to share their ideas through an online discussion forumgroup discussions, or e-mails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The engagement period will close on November 16, 2018.

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During the G7 ministerial meetings in Halifax this week, the Government of Canada outlined its plans to address current threats to our oceans and fisheries by combatting illegal fishing, fighting marine litter and plastic pollution, and building resilient communities. $148M will go to various initiatives, including funds towards the Global Fishing Watch program, the creation of an international fund to address plastic waste in developing countries, and support small island developing states (SIDS). Details can be found at Canada.ca/Our-Oceans.

Friday, 21 September 2018 14:24

New Honorary Chief Commissioner of CCG

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada has been named Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard. The Honorary Chief Commissioner’s roles and responsibilities include national ceremonial and promotional initiatives that celebrate the crucial role the Canadian Coast Guard plays in saving lives and protecting the marine environment.

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Western Economic Diversification Canada
(WD) has launched an engagement plan to develop a regional growth strategy with Western Canadians for Western Canadians.  The Government is committing $208 million over five years to promote the development and diversification of the Western Canadian economy. This strategy will grow the region’s economy, create good middle-class jobs, and lay the foundation for long-term prosperity across the four western provinces.  Western Canadians are invited to share their ideas online to help shape the Western Canada Growth Strategy.

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This week the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, hosted a roundtable discussion to provide grain producers, shippers, and railways an opportunity to share information, to address challenges specific to grain transportation, and support the implementation of new measures that will help advance common goals.


Topics covered included:

  • the Transportation Modernization Act, which provides a strengthened suite of freight rail measures for all shippers, including the ability to seek reciprocal financial penalties in service agreements with railways;
  • new data provisions that will significantly improve transparency across the freight rail system and provide insight into railway service and performance;
  • the importance of sharing information, particularly in the context of forecasting and planning; and,
  • the movement of all traffic during winter weather conditions.

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The Scott Islands Marine National Wildlife Area is the first to be protected under the Canada Wildlife Act and in close collaboration with Indigenous Peoples, the Province of British Columbia, and stakeholders. The protected area spans 11 546 km² around the Scott Islands and the conservation objective is to conserve migratory seabirds and species at risk as well as the habitats, ecosystems, and marine resources that support them. The Scott Islands Protected Marine Area Regulations, in conjunction with complementary measures by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada to help mitigate fishing and shipping related concerns in the area, will provide an effective regulatory framework for the management of human activities within the boundaries of the area. An advisory committee, with technical and science advisory working groups, will also be established to provide advice and input into the development of an adaptive management plan for the Marine National Wildlife Area. A final management plan is expected in 2019.

Shell Canada concurrently announced its intent to voluntarily release almost 50 000 km2 of exploratory permits in the same region. Shell Canada’s Country Chair, Michael Crothers, announced the release of permits in the Queen Charlotte and Tofino basins, which overlap with about one third of the newly designated Scott Islands protected area.

Friday, 14 September 2018 11:24

CTA releases Annual Report

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The Canadian Transportation Agency has released its Annual Report 2017-2018 to provide an overview of its operations and accomplishments over the past year.

Friday, 07 September 2018 16:27

Seeking input on Proactive Vessel Management

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As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is developing a new, more collaborative approach to managing marine traffic issues in local waterways. Proactive Vessel Management is a new concept that involves strengthening collaboration between the Government of Canada, Indigenous peoples and coastal communities, provincial and municipal governments, the marine shipping industry and other marine stakeholders. This will be accomplished by creating forums for discussion and collaboration to develop measures that promote safe navigation and environmental protection in local waterways. A national framework will be developed to provide guidance and direction for how Proactive Vessel Management will be delivered across Canada. Transport Canada is reaching out across the country to seek your initial thoughts on this new concept. For more information and to provide feedback, visit the Let's Talk Oceans Protection Plan website

Friday, 31 August 2018 14:38

New CCG icebreakers arrive in Quebec

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Great video with Mario Pelletier, Canadian Coast Guard Deputy Commissioner of Operations, reporting on the arrival of new icebreakers.  After travelling more than 3400 nautical miles and 14 days from Landskrona, Sweden, the three medium icebreakers arrived in Quebec and will soon join the Canadian Coast Guard fleet. The first of three icebreakers is expected to be operational this winter. 

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The Canadian Grain Commission’s grain safety certification programs are now recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).  The Canadian Grain Commission programs has met internationally accepted science-based standards in food safety management putting Canada in a stronger position to help grain handling companies meet both international regulatory and market-driven food safety demands.

Friday, 31 August 2018 14:28

CITT investigates import steel products

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The Canadian International Trade Tribunal has initiated an inquiry on the dumping and subsidizing of certain cold-reduced flat-rolled sheet products of carbon steel (alloy and non-alloy), in coils or cut lengths, in thicknesses up to 0.142 inches (3.61 mm) and widths up to 73 inches (1 854 mm) inclusive, originating in or exported from the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Each person or government wishing to participate in the inquiry and at the hearing as a party must file a notice of participation with the Tribunal on or before September 7, 2018. Further details regarding this inquiry, including the schedule of key events, are contained in the documents entitled “Additional Information” and “Inquiry Schedule” appended to the notice of commencement of inquiry available on the Tribunal’s website.

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