The budget of the federal government of Canada, released on March 29, 2012, includes changes to “streamline” environmental assessments, cut the budget of Environment Canada, and eliminate the National Roundtable on the Economy and the Environment (NRTEE).
See the budget documents at the government’s website at: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2012/home-accueil-eng.html;
read a summary in the Toronto Globe and Mail at: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/energy-and-resources/ottawa-clears-hurdles-to-resource-development/article2386106/.
For reactions, see Marc Lee at the Canadian Centre for Policy Analysis website at: http://www.behindthenumbers.ca/2012/03/29/a-budget-that-screws-the-planet-for-short-term-profits/
or Andrea Harden-Donahue at Rabble.ca at: