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Fin Donnelly

  • Member of Parliament

Fin Donnelly has been the MP for Port Moody—Coquitlam since 2009 and is the NDP’s Critic for Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard.

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Petitioning Justin Trudeau, Jonathan Wilkinson, Senator Michael L. MacDonald, Fin Donnelly

End the cruel shark fin trade in Canada

French Sharks have been swimming in our oceans for 420 million years - 200 million years before dinosaurs walked the earth. Today many species are in trouble. As apex predators, sharks play an important role in the ecosystem by maintaining the species below them in the food chain and serving as an indicator for ocean health. The demand for shark fins for delicacies such as shark fin soup means sharks are one of the most exploited species on the planet.  Fins from up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade every year. Shark finning is a brutal and wasteful practice. When a shark’s fins are cut off it is often still alive, then the shark is tossed back into the ocean where, without its fin, it will drown, bleed to death, or be eaten alive by other fish. Shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters; however, Canada is the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. Demand is growing in Canada, according to Statistics Canada more than 170,000 kilograms of shark fins were imported in 2017.  This is more than a 60 per cent increase from the volume imported five years ago in 2012. More alarming, research shows the fins of several endangered and threatened sharks — including whale sharks, great hammerhead sharks and short fin mako sharks — are being sold in our country.  Of the fin samples collected, an astounding 71 per cent were from at-risk species. The good news, many Canadians want to see our government ban the trade of shark fins! Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his 2006 movie. Sharkwater. In theatres October 19, 2018, Sharkwater Extinction, the late filmmaker's final film, continues to further expose the illegal shark fin industry and pirate fishing trade. Kendra, an advocate from Delta B.C, turned her lifelong love of sharks into a petition calling on her local government to ban the sale and trade of shark fins. This petition has received over 64,000 signatures, illustrating how much Canadians care about this issue. Her local Mayor’s response was clear, they need senior levels of government to take action on a national level. Bill S-238 will stop the import and export of shark fin. This Bill seeks to end the import of shark fins into Canada.  In the spring of 2018 the bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Fisheries committee, where it was strengthened to ban shark fin exports.  Now the House of Commons needs to pass Bill S-238 so that it can become a law. Canada needs to be a world leader in protecting sharks and a nationwide ban on the import and export of shark fins is the best way to ensure that Canada is not supporting shark finning.   Add your name now and tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson to support the passage of Bill S-238 to end the cruel and inhumane practice of shark finning. Please join the movement to protect sharks and the environment, sign and share this petition!  #FinBanNow Image credit: Rob Stewart  For more information: Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart exposed the fin trade to a global audience in his movie 2006 Sharkwater. Tragically Rob died while in production on his third movie Sharkwater Extinction. The film will be in theatres starting October 19 2018. Ending the importation of shark fins in Canada: Presentation to the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans Bill S-238 Shark finning bill passed unanimously by committee; moves on to Senate Shark fin soup – a recipe for extinction - Senator Michael MacDonald  DNA analysis of traded shark fins and mobulid gill plates reveals a high proportion of species of conservation concern

Oceana Canada
311,761 supporters
Petitioning BC PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT, Jennifer Whiteside, Fin Donnelly, John horgan

Funding for blended middle/secondary school on Burke Mountain for 2023 opening.

In October 2020, MLA Fin Donnelly’s words “We promised the two schools…We want to deliver on that” really resonated with our growing community of Burke Mountain, and trust in this pledge was demonstrated with an overwhelming number of NDP supporting votes.  The Smiling Creek Elementary Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) would like to take this opportunity to ask you to join us in advocating for committed provincial funding for the future blended middle/secondary school on Burke Mountain. As we are in the middle of the 2020/2021 school year it is a critical window for such funding decisions, particularly if the Burke Mountain community is to see the blended school built by the anticipated 2023 opening. If you are not aware, “the population of the Northeast Neighbourhood Area was documented to be 12,100 people in the 2016 Census. Population projections show that this area may have a population of 21,000 people by 2026, growing to 39,000 by 2046”. Coquitlam is estimated to be one of the fastest-growing municipalities in British Columbia, with Northeast Coquitlam’s population growth doubling over a 5 year period and being substantially higher than the city’s overall growth rate of 9.8%.  Census data shows that children aged 0-9 in 2016 comprised 17% of the total population of Northeast Coquitlam, a stark contrast to the 11% in the rest of Coquitlam. Five years later, this demographic is now in desperate need of a middle and secondary school to accommodate the overall population growth in this age range and the rapid rate of development on Burke Mountain. Smiling Creek Elementary, still considered a new school in its 3rd year, is already at capacity and will have 4 portables installed on the recreational black top over the summer to accommodate the growing population on Burke Mountain. The number of students graduating from Smiling Creek Elementary has also drastically increased, with the number leaving for middle school doubling each year since it has opened and continuing to grow exponentially as the larger volume of younger students move up through the elementary years.  With the anticipated opening of Sheffield Elementary only a year away, there will be no shortage of students in the coming years needing access to a local middle and secondary school. Currently the closest middle schools are more than a 30 minute walk from our community and they are also nearing, if not at, full capacity having to accept the influx of students from numerous overpopulated schools in the area. Furthermore, there are already hundreds of pre-teens and teenagers currently living on Burke Mountain who are travelling by city bus (and harried parents!) to get to middle and secondary schools well outside our community; the planned growth for Burke will exacerbate this situation to untenable conditions in the all too near future.  As parents of students at Smiling Creek Elementary, we can attest to the tremendously positive impact the school has had on our community. Along with the invaluable social, mental, physical and environmental benefits of developing neighbourhood friendships and living within walking distance to our local school, the shared space with the City of Coquitlam has also resulted in a nearby recreational amenity and collaborative partnership. With our growing population on Burke Mountain, we are advocating for our middle and high school aged children to have equal access to the same local school facilities and educational opportunities as our neighbouring communities, and are hopeful that our children can continue to attend school in this area after they leave Smiling Creek. Many of you have made the decision to purchase and raise your families on Burke Mountain after being informed of the plans for the projected middle school opening in 2023, and would like to see the school completed as projected. School district 43 has completed and submitted the concept plan for the blended middle/secondary school back in September 2020 and with the expected construction timeframe for over 2 years, this is critical timing for funding for this school to be announced as soon as possible so that construction can begin to fulfil this projected timeline. We are very grateful for Smiling Creek Elementary and the soon to be built Sheffield Elementary and all we are asking is that the NDP Government fulfil their pledge to complete “the final stages of a concept plan for the new Burke Mountain Middle and Secondary school” by committing funding now to provide opportunity for equal access to education for all local families. We trust that all efforts will be made at the government level to support the growing Burke Mountain community, but now is the time to take action and hold our leaders accountable. Please show your support by signing this petition and writing a letter to John Horgan and copying our MLA and Education Minister (listed below), as they have the power to green light this project NOW!!   Thank you for your time, Damian Stanley, Chair Smiling Creek Elementary PAC On behalf of the Burke Mountain community;;   References: 1.  Retrieved March 4, 2021.2. Northeast Coquitlam Community Profile 2019.  City of Coquitlam - Census & National Household Survey Data (Community Profiles - Coquitlam Neighbourhoods).3.,growing%20to%2039%2C000%20by%202046  Retrieved March 4, 2021 4. Retrieved March 4, 2021.  

Damian Stanley
1,092 supporters
End the cruel shark fin trade in Canada

I am proud to see so many people joining this petition and calling for the protection of sharks in Canada, which is now over 190,000 signatories strong. Bill S-238, to end the importation and exportation of shark fins, has received a great deal of support and as an MP I am taking action to see it becomes law. This week, I sponsored Bill S-238 in the House of Commons, you can watch a short video of the Bill being introduced here: Bill S-238 passed the Senate late last year and now must be reviewed by the House of Commons, it is the last step before it can become law. While speaking in the House of Commons, I urged my fellow MPs to work together to ensure the Bill passes before the election this fall, as Canada cannot continue to fail to address this threat to sharks. My work to protect sharks extends back many years, including in 2013 when I introduced a private member’s bill to prohibit the importation of shark fin into Canada. It was ultimately voted down, by five votes! Now, six years later, we must pass Bill S-238 and finally give sharks the protection they need. I know Canadians feel a strong connection to the ocean and understand that the health of marine animals are vitally important for the planet. Together, we can ensure Canada’s laws reflect this. Please continue to advocate for the passage of Bill S-238 and help raise awareness about the need to ban the importation and exportation of shark fins in Canada. MP Donnelly

2 years ago