BILL NO. 136

(as introduced)

4th Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
61 Elizabeth II, 2012



Government Bill



Green Economy Act



The Honourable Sterling Belliveau
Minister of Environment



First Reading: November 19, 2012

(Explanatory Notes)

Second Reading: November 20, 2012

Third Reading: December 3, 2012 (WITH COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS) (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)

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Explanatory Notes

Clause 1 provides a short title to this Act.

Clause 2 revises the definition Section of the Act to reorganize the definition of "legally protected", to update the Minister's title and to add definitions of "Round Table", "sustainability" and "sustainable prosperity".

Clause 3 revises the principles on which the Act is based to reference the need for departmental collaboration, to reference the Mi'kmaq concept of Netukulimk and to include the goal of climate-change adaptation.

Clause 4 revises the long-term objectives and goals in the Act to relate to sustainable prosperity and key outcome areas and to make them more measurable and achievable.

Clause 5 revises the review and reporting provisions of the Act to provide for greater government-wide involvement, to reflect the new definition of the Round Table and to allow the Round Table nine months to do its five-year report reviewing the Act.

Clause 6 adds programs and measures to encourage sustainable practices in product stewardship to the government programs and measures authorized by the Act.

Clause 7 revises the goals that may be purposes for agreements authorized by the Act to refer to sustainable prosperity.

Clause 8 revises the wording in clause 9(1)(a) of the Act respecting economic well-being to match wording used elsewhere in the Act.

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An Act to Amend Chapter 7
of the Acts of 2007,
the Environmental Goals
and Sustainable Prosperity Act

Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Green Economy Act.

2 Section 2 of Chapter 7 is amended by

(a) striking out clause (c) and substituting the following clause:

(b) striking out "and Labour" immediately after "Environment" in the first line of clause (d);

(c) striking out the period at the end of clause (e) and substituting a semi-colon; and

(d) adding immediately after clause (e) the following clauses:

3 Subsection 3(2) of Chapter 7 is amended by

(a) adding immediately after clause (c) the following clause:

(b) adding ", which is in keeping with the Mi'kmaq concept of Netukulimk, defined by the Mi'kmaq as the use of the natural bounty provided by the Creator for the self-support and well-being of the individual and the community by achieving adequate standards of community nutrition and economic well-being without jeopardizing the integrity, diversity or productivity of our environment" immediately after "generations" in the second line of clause (d); and

(c) adding ", climate change adaptation" immediately after "programs" in the second line of clause (g).

4 (1) Subsections 4(1) and (2) of Chapter 7 are repealed and the following subsections substituted:

(3) Clause 4(3)(b) of Chapter 7 is amended by

(a) striking out "environmental" in the first line; and

(b) striking out "environmental goals" in the third line and substituting "goals for sustainable prosperity".

(4) Clause 4(3)(c) of Chapter 7 is amended by striking out "environmental" in the first line.

5 (1) Subsection 6(1) of Chapter 7 is repealed and the following subsection substituted:

(2) Subsection 6(2) of Chapter 7 is amended by

(a) striking out "Nova Scotia" in the first line;

(b) striking out "on Environmental Sustainability" in the first and second and in the fourth lines; and

(c) striking out "six" in the fourth line and substituting "nine".

(3) Subsection 6(4) of Chapter 7 is amended by

(a) striking out "Nova Scotia" in the second line; and

(b) striking out "on Environmental Sustainability" in the second and third lines.

6 Subsection 7(1) of Chapter 7 is amended by adding immediately after clause (e) the following clause:

7 (1) Subsection 8(1) of Chapter 7 is amended by striking out "environmental goals" in the fifth and sixth lines and substituting "goals for sustainable prosperity".

(2) Subsection 8(2) of Chapter 7 is amended by striking out "environmental goals" in the third line and substituting "goals for sustainable prosperity".

8 Clause 9(1)(a) of Chapter 7 is amended by striking out "performance" in the first line and substituting "well-being".

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