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      • MPnews news Northern MPs will ensure Sudbury has a voice: Angus - NorthernLife.ca
        “Politically, we, our northern team – (Nickel Belt MP) Claude Gravelle, (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP) Carol Hughes and myself – will be meeting with people in the Sudbury area who are concerned about various political files they want represented ...and more » read more
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          • MPnews news Lougheed's no "king-maker", he says - The Sudbury Star
            Nickel Belt New Democrat Claude Gravelle who had considered Thibeault a friend said he was shocked to hear about his caucus colleague's decision Tuesday morning like everyone else. Gravelle said several times how disappointed he was in Thibeault, ... read more
            Tue 11:10 am> |
            • MPnews news "We need action" on dementia - www.brantnews.com
              Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle chose a issue close to his heart to champion on Parliament Hill- creating a national strategy for dealing with dementia. "My mom had Alzheimer's disease," he told a group of Brantford stakeholders with an interest in ... read more
              Mon 12:45 pm> |
              • MPnews news Gravelle pushing for national Alzheimer's strategy - The Sudbury Star
                Claude Gravelle, MP for Nickel Belt, visits Brantford as part of a push to develop a national strategy to deal with the rising number of Canadians with Alzheimer's disease and similar issues. (Brian Thompson, The Expositor) ... read more
                Dec 13, 2014 10:50 pm> |
                • MPnews news HEALTH: NDP MP is pushing for national strategy to deal with Alzheimer's - Brantford Expositor
                  Claude Gravelle, MP for Nickel Belt, visits Brantford on Friday as part of a push to develop a national strategy to deal with the rising number of Canadians with Alzheimer's disease and similar issues. (Brian Thompson, The Expositor) ...and more » read more
                  Dec 12, 2014 6:37 pm> |
                  • MPnews news HEALTH: NDP MP is pushing for national strategy to deal with Alzheimer's - Paris Star
                    Claude Gravelle, MP for Nickel Belt, visits Brantford on Friday as part of a push to develop a national strategy to deal with the rising number of Canadians with Alzheimer's disease and similar issues. (Brian Thompson, The Expositor) ...and more » read more
                    Dec 12, 2014 6:36 pm> |
                    • MPnews news NDP Push for Northern Broadband Internet - Net Newsledger
                      In a joint letter to Conservative Industry Minister James Moore, NDP MPs Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay), Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt), Carol Hughes (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing), John Rafferty (Thunder Bay-Rainy River) and Glenn Thibeault ... read more
                      Dec 03, 2014 12:58 pm> |
                      • MPndpblog Peter Julian 212 post Petitions

                        Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to rise in the House to present a petition from about 100 residents of the Lower Mainland in British Columbia, everywhere from the north shore right through to White Rock and Surrey, and, of course, including my constituency of Burnaby—New Westminster.

                        These petitioners are calling on the government to support Bill C-356, an act respecting a national strategy for dementia, which was introduced by the member of Parliament for Nickel Belt. The bill calls upon the minister to put in place a national action plan to fight the incredible challenges that come with Alzheimer's and related diseases, to produce an annual report that shows Canadians how action is being taken to fight Alzheimer's disease, and to put in place research and development funding and resources to fight Alzheimer's and other diseases related to dementia.

                        These 100 Canadians are asking for the government to take action very soon on this public health issue, which is Alzheimer's disease and related dementia disorders.

                        • MPnews news Local NDP member says government is failing... - NorthBayNipissing.com
                          In response, Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle stated ``This is a shell game plain and simple. The Conservatives are giving with one hand while taking with the other, all for the sake of their ... Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault added, ``Earlier this month ... read more
                          Nov 26, 2014 10:10 am> |
                          • MPnews news NDP blasts Tories over veterans' issues - NorthernLife.ca
                            “This is a shell game plain and simple,” said Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle. “The Conservatives are giving with one hand while taking with the other, all for the sake of their ideological drive to find cost savings and slay the deficit ahead of the ...and more » read more
                            Nov 26, 2014 9:02 am> |
                            • MPnews news Rogers restores blacked-out Habs games for northern Ontario fans - CBC.ca
                              They called Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle, who has now straightened out the problem with the National Hockey League. "They're only concerned about money, they're not too concerned about the fans. But they certainly found out quickly that fans in ... read more
                              Nov 24, 2014 9:39 am> |
                              • MPnews news Sudbury Daystarter: Rain today, snow tonight and tomorrow - CBC.ca
                                Nickel Belt New Democrat Claude Gravelle received dozens of calls a few weeks back about how Montreal games on RDS were blacked out. Gravelle says the problem was the NHL assumed that Ontario hockey fans would only be interested in watching the ... read more
                                Nov 24, 2014 4:27 am> |
                                • MPnews news Hab fans cheering as blackouts lifted in most northern Ontario locals - Manitoulin Expositor
                                  “I've been on the phone with the NHL, Eastlink, and RDS since the season opener” said Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle who's been known to wear a Habs jersey around parliament hill. “The league found out it is best not to rile Canadiens fans or mess with ... read more
                                  Nov 23, 2014 5:17 pm> |
                                  • MPnews news Hab fans cheering as blackouts lifted in most northern Ontario locals - Manitoulin Expositor
                                    “I've been on the phone with the NHL, Eastlink, and RDS since the season opener” said Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle who's been known to wear a Habs jersey around parliament hill. “The league found out it is best not to rile Canadiens fans or mess with ... read more
                                    Nov 23, 2014 7:22 am> |
                                    • MPnews news Sudbury letter: Habs fans, unite! - The Sudbury Star
                                      The NDP MP for Timmins-James Bay, Charlie Angus, and Nickel Belt NDP MP Claude Gravelle have managed to get local cable companies to end the blacked outs and carry the Habs games. It's not just Canadians in Northern Ontario who are being ...and more » read more
                                      Nov 22, 2014 10:14 pm> |
                                        • MPndpblog Claude Gravelle 1443 post Citizen Consultation Preceding Natural Resource Development

                                          Mr. Speaker, I am very happy today to stand in the House to speak to the motion by my hon. colleague from Manicouagan. The people of his riding can be proud of his passionate representation on their behalf. Along with our colleague from Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, the member is an outstanding champion for his own Inuit and first nations communities.

                                          I am on my second term as MP for Nickel Belt, but it was in this Parliament, with the election in 2011 under our former leader, Jack Layton, that our party saw the election of so many new young and gifted members from Quebec. This motion today is his commitment to put people and their communities and their rights first and foremost when it comes to natural resources projects.

                                          I come from Nickel Belt and Greater Sudbury, home of the largest nickel basin in the world. I worked for 34 years for Inco, a mining company. I have seen the good and the bad that mining can do in a region. I absolutely support public consultation and real efforts to get public support for these projects. I will address that shortly.

                                          First, as chair of the 20-MP NDP mining caucus, I will say a few words about our strong support for mining when it is done right. My party and I recognize the importance of mining in our communities. In 2013, over 380,000 jobs were in mineral extraction, smelting, fabrication and manufacturing in our country. Mining is an economic and investment driver for Canada, paying $71 billion in taxes and royalties to Canadian governments in the past decade. I am told the mining sector is the largest employer of aboriginal people.

                                          My region of Greater Sudbury is now being called “Canada's mining superstore”, given all of the technology, research and innovation in the Greater Sudbury region. The Mining Association of Canada estimates that upwards of $160 billion in mining projects are presently proposed in Canada, including multi-billion dollar investments in Nunavut; Northwest Territories; B.C.; Alberta, Saskatchewan; Manitoba; Ontario, especially with the Ring of Fire; Quebec; and Newfoundland and Labrador. That underlines the importance of the motion before the House today.

                                          The member speaks often of social licence for those natural resources projects. In plain language, we want people and their communities to have current and future generation concerns addressed before they say yes to these projects. They want to see that the mining companies are taking seriously their responsibilities and understanding all of the implications of mining or other exploration. These holes in the ground, the blasting and the excavation also have consequences for drinking water, our health, our noise, our pollution and much more that touches on the daily lives of citizens. When companies move into a community with their well-paying jobs, they are welcome.

                                          There can be other social and health consequences that are not so good. More and more, I hear mining companies talking about corporate social responsibility, making progress in this regard. That is a good thing. My leader met with the Mining Association of Canada representatives this week. We urged the companies to continue to work on social licence and to continue to work on this corporate social responsibility. We know from news stories about bad behaviour abroad from some Canadian companies. We also have to be vigilant that here at home we hold our companies to higher standards too.

                                          Cases in point are Osisko's Malartic mine, the tensions triggered by the prospect of uranium mining on the north shore in Quebec; the controversial oil pipeline and tanker port projects in British Columbia and Quebec, including the one in Cacouna; and the Mine Arnaud project in Sept-îles, which dealt a blow to the local social climate. I meet with mining company officials, and I hear more and more of their work and their commitment to this responsibility.

                                          Advance public consultation is a positive and innovative measure because it makes it possible for three things to happen.

                                          First, it puts the public at the heart of the decision-making process. Civil society stakeholders have long called for real, direct public consultation and for the public's wishes to be considered in natural resource development projects. This motion would put the public at the heart of the decision-making process as opposed to the public being told about it after the fact.

                                          Second, advance public consultation helps ensure that the federal government's historic commitments to members of the first nations are fulfilled. The federal government must respect first nations' rights on traditional territories and must submit development initiatives to members of the communities affected.

                                          Third, consultation would ensure that economic development is in sync with the public's vision for the land. If the public's wishes are respected, it will help appease the communities that are struggling to make decisions about contested economic development projects, which would thus create a good environment for investment and for promoting better projects that protect the environment and the communities.

                                          The motion fits well with the NDP's basic position on the environment:

                                          Protecting the environment as a common good by creating a legal framework to ensure that people have the right to live in a healthy environment with access to natural spaces.

                                          We say here today that we want what Canadians want in their communities on these projects: transparency, consultation, and consent.

                                          I have introduced a number of private member's bills regarding foreign ownership transactions, the kind my region of Sudbury has experienced. My bills call for this same transparency and public consultation.

                                          I want to say something about consultation.

                                          I am following very closely the Ring of Fire project in northwestern Ontario. There has been nothing more than a back-and-forth blame game going on between the Conservative government here in Ottawa and the Liberal government in the province of Ontario. Northerners are fed up.

                                          Our first nation communities are reminding those governments, yet again, what the duty to consult actually means. It is more than providing information. It is more than giving an hour's notice of big announcements coming out. It is what the NDP and our leader have articulated clearly: a constitutional responsibility to do full, real, and meaningful consultation.

                                          That is why we support a nation-to-nation approach. At the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's mega-convention earlier this year in Toronto, my leader made it clear that he supports the Ring of Fire project, if done this way.

                                          Our leader said:

                                          The Ring of Fire project is an important development for families in Northern Ontario today and for generations to come. Unfortunately, Conservative policies have undermined the government's ability to oversee that all social and environmental regulations are being fully understood and addressed.

                                          Citing his cabinet experience in Quebec, he told the mining companies that the Ring of Fire project can only move forward when public confidence and real partnerships with first nation communities are secured. He also underscored the long-standing NDP commitment to deal nation to nation with first nation governments to build relationships that benefit people, business, and the land.

                                          This not a playing of the economy over and against the environment, as we see the current government do. It is finding a way to be both for the economy and for the environment. This is a win-win situation, especially for first nations and other communities. It makes smart business sense, too, as more mining companies are discovering.

                                          The purpose of the motion is to make it mandatory for the government to consult Canadian citizens and first nation members before implementing a natural resource development project on their territory or in their living environment. Public willingness should be a criterion in obtaining a development permit to the same degree as impacts on human health, ecosystem maintenance, employment, and economic development.

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