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Are Canada's Environmental Laws up to the Challenge? Protecting Communities, their Rights and the Environment from the Threats of Biotechnology
Announcing a fourth webinar in our series on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). CELA is collaborating with Nature Canada on this webinar.

For over 20 years, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) has been used to evaluate and manage genetically engineered animals and other products of biotechnology. In this webinar, we will explore how CEPA has performed, and whether it is protecting nature and communities exposed to products of biotechnology, particularly Indigenous people and their rights . With recent advances in genetic engineering, such as CRISPR, as well as more products of biotechnology entering the Canadian marketplace, an assessment of CEPA's effectiveness is long overdue. In the September 2020 Throne Speech, the federal government made a commitment to “modernize” CEPA. This webinar will highlight the recent example AquAdvantage Salmon and the changes needed to better regulate future proposals to manufacture or import new GE animals.

We will have presentations by experts on biotechnology issues and CEPA, including:
- Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
- Charles Greg Sark, Professor, University of Prince Edward Island
- Hugh Benevides, Advisory (CEPA Reform), Nature Canada
- Elaine MacDonald, Senior Scientist, Ecojustice

Who should participate: Concerned citizens, Indigenous peoples, health and environmental NGOs, students and academics, scientists.

Jan 22, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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