October 3, 2005

Atlantic environment ministers agree to terms for new council

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI -Environment ministers for the four Atlantic provinces agreed to terms of reference for the establishment of the Atlantic Council of Ministers of Environment at a September 23 meeting in St John's, Newfoundland. The terms will formalize the Atlantic provinces' commitment to collaboration on key environmental issues. Host Tom Osborne, Newfoundland and Labrador's Minister of Environment and Conservation, said the provinces will move forward as partners on these issues, such as a new approach to environmental sustainability and management, changes to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and co-operation on new recycling initiatives and solid waste activities. The establishment of the Atlantic Council of Ministers of Environment follows up on a commitment of the Council of the Atlantic Premiers during their June meeting. "By working together and bringing issues to the federal government as a region we are a stronger voice, which can bring about positive results on environmental matters that are important to us." Osborne said.

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