Leef supports consultation on planned environmental assessment changes

Leef supports consultation on planned environmental assessment changes Yukon MP Ryan Leef is calling on a parliamentary committee to visit the Yukon and hear their views on planned changes to the environmental assessment regime.

Yukon MP Ryan Leef is calling on a parliamentary committee to visit the Yukon and hear their views on planned changes to the environmental assessment regime.

“I strongly believe there is great value to bringing Yukon issues to the Yukon where Yukoners can have direct input,” said Leef in a news release this week.

Debate on Bill S-6, which will amend the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Act, will begin in the House of Commons next week.

The federal government has not sought public input on the changes since the five year review process, which began in 2008.

Most of the amendments in Bill S-6, including all of those opposed by Yukon First Nations, were not discussed in the five year review.

A coalition of Yukon First Nations has urged the federal and territorial governments to consult with Yukoners.

The group hosted its own public forum on the changes earlier this month.

(Jacqueline Ronson)

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