Dear friends of Speak to the Wild
The message that follows this e-mail appeared in my inbox a few days ago. Reading it, I was put in mind of our collective decision last autumn to work for meaningful change in Canada, how important that is.
The time has come to take Speak to the Wild to the next level. Our most immediate task is to finalize our S2W Declaration, currently in draft form. Emily McGiffin will shortly be in touch with you about this. When you hear from her, please take the time to be involved. This is our chance to make our feelings known and have our voices heard.
Together we can help to ‘change the conversation’.
A MESSAGE TO CANADIANS FROM THE DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION
Tomorrow is Budget Day in Canada. It’s when the federal government lays out its plans for your money– which programs and services it will introduce or expand and which it will cut or shut down.
Budgets are about choices–choices about what kind of country we are and what kind of things we value as a society. So while a lot of coverage will focus on what is or isn’t in this year’s budget, it’s important to look at this federal budget as a continuation in a long line of choices.
So let’s ask, “What choices have been made so far?”
* $1.5 billion in cuts to the environment by 2016.
* 5 oil spill response offices closed across Canada.
* 8.4% cut to rail transportation safety.
* 99% of rivers and lakes now exempt from federal regulations.
* $56 million in cuts to Canada’s food inspection system.
* 35 government libraries closed.
* More than 5,000 job losses at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, Fisheries and Oceans and Agriculture Canada over the next three years.
* Over $298 million in government advertising since 2009-2010.
* All while federal fossil fuel subsidies add up to more than $1.38 billion.
These budget choices paint a picture, and it doesn’t look good for the health of our communities and the people and places we love.
Tomorrow’s federal budget will represent another set of choices about what kind of Canada we’re leaving for our children and generations of children to come.
Learn more at The David Suzuki Foundation website.