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Environment committee  The short answer to your question is yes. I mentioned that I found CEAA, compared with CEPA, to allow for much more public participation. My problem with CEAA is that the EIS is developed by consultants hired by the proponents. I'm trying to figure out a way during the CEAA rev

October 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  As I mentioned, we hadn't done a lot of work on GM organisms before this particular situation arose in our backyard. I would say we have concerns, but we're not de facto or a priori opposed to all GM organisms. It depends on the use and the containment. Again, I do think, and eve

October 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  Yes, but it's healthy scepticism. Environmentalists are healthy sceptics. We've learned to be healthy sceptics. Often I think the human race is a little too arrogant when it develops new technologies. We introduce them first and then try to patch up the damage later. What we're t

October 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  That's easy. Yes. The impacts are irreversible.

October 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  Yes, definitely, and I think particularly here, where there was this bait and switch, this may have been the only opportunity to assess the impact. The waiver was given for something very narrow, a research facility, but that would have been the only opportunity to assess invasiv

October 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  Thank you for your question. Perhaps I can preface my answer by saying that this was a test for the act. This was the first GM food animal in the world. There are many more under development. In my opinion, it failed, so we really need to learn from this. I would look to you and

October 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  I think your suggestion of making it mandatory is a good one. I think CEPA is a good place to start with an environmental bill of rights and also environmental justice. If I could just move the conversation a little, something that really struck us when we were dealing with this

October 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  I would endorse what Dr. Boyd is saying. We work with communities that are disproportionately affected by landfills and other toxic industries. There was a study done here in Nova Scotia which showed that a disproportionate number of African Nova Scotian and indigenous communitie

October 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Environment committee  Madam Chair, co-chairs, and members, thank you for this opportunity to present and for turning your attention to the application of the act to the first GM food animal in the world to receive approval for human consumption. At the end of my presentation, I will also briefly addr

October 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  Right now, if you are growing a lot of fish, there are impacts on the surrounding environment. For finfish—salmon, trout, halibut—we prefer to see closed containment, because that has a number of advantages in terms of waste, antibiotics, and sea lice. We have companies in Nova S

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  Whoa. You're asking me to go back to my early twenties.

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  That is my understanding. I think the wild industry makes an effort to label it as wild.

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  Do you mean in terms of wild versus farmed?

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler

Agriculture committee  It depends how the farmed is grown. When it comes to shellfish—and by the way, they have been growing oysters in P.E.I. for a long time—when it comes to farmed, it's a question of how it's grown. I won't pretend that we don't have issues with the aquaculture industry, and you ha

October 18th, 2016Committee meeting

Mark Butler