Canada – Two British Columbia mushroom farms fined a total of $650,000 for Fisheries Act offences

On April 4, 2022, in the Provincial Court of British Columbia at Abbotsford, Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. was ordered to pay a total fine of $265,000 and H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd. was ordered to pay a total fine of $385,000. These fines come after the companies, both having the same owner, entered guilty pleas on November 22, 2021, for two violations each of the pollution prevention provisions of the Fisheries Act. The offences relate to deposits of deleterious substances by each of the farms in waters frequented by fish, thereby contravening subsection 36(3) of the Act.

April 7, 2022 – Abbotsford, British Columbia

Strong and effective enforcement of Canada’s environmental and wildlife protection laws is one of the concrete ways we are delivering on our commitment to provide clean air and water, and conserve wildlife species and their habitat.

On April 4, 2022, in the Provincial Court of British Columbia at Abbotsford, Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. was ordered to pay a total fine of $265,000 and H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd. was ordered to pay a total fine of $385,000. These fines come after the companies, both having the same owner, entered guilty pleas on November 22, 2021, for two violations each of the pollution prevention provisions of the Fisheries Act. The offences relate to deposits of deleterious substances by each of the farms in waters frequented by fish, thereby contravening subsection 36(3) of the Act.

In addition to the monetary penalty, the court ordered Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. to provide a report to Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) itemizing the steps it has taken to prevent deleterious deposits from entering waters frequented by fish.

The fines will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. As a result of this conviction, the company names will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.

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H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd.
In October 2015, ECCC environmental enforcement officers inspected H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd.’s farm. The officers found that effluent from the farm was entering waters frequented by fish and collected samples for analysis. The results of the analysis indicated that the effluent deposited was a deleterious substance and acutely lethal to fish.

Officers issued a Fisheries Act direction, which required H.Q. Mushroom Farm Ltd. to stop the deleterious deposits and to develop and implement a plan to prevent further deleterious deposits from entering waters frequented by fish.

In April 2016, officers returned to the farm to observe the steps taken and to collect effluent samples. Again, laboratory analysis indicated that the effluent being deposited into waters frequented by fish was acutely lethal to fish.

On September 23, 2020, charges were laid under 36(3) of the Fisheries Act.

Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd.
In August 2018, officers conducted an onsite Fisheries Act inspection of Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. and collected samples from where the farm deposited effluent in waters frequented by fish. An analysis determined the effluent was deleterious and acutely lethal to fish.

Officers subsequently issued a Fisheries Act direction requiring that Delfresh Mushroom Farm Ltd. stop the deleterious deposit, and develop and implement a plan to prevent further deleterious deposits from entering waters frequented by fish.

In November 2018, officers returned to the farm for a follow-up inspection and observed brown effluent being deposited in a creek. Laboratory analysis of samples taken from the farm at this time confirmed the effluent was deleterious. The officers issued a second direction under the Fisheries Act.

On September 23, 2020, charges were laid under 36(3) of the Fisheries Act.

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Canada – Joanna Quinn and Les Mills’ Affairs of the Art nominated for British Short Animation at the 2022 BAFTA EE British Academy Film Awards.

Joanna Quinn and Les Mills’ Affairs of the Art (Beryl Productions International/National Film Board of Canada) has been nominated for the British Short Animation award at the 2022 BAFTA EE British Academy Film Awards.

February 3, 2022 – Montreal, Quebec – National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

Joanna Quinn and Les Mills’ Affairs of the Art (Beryl Productions International/National Film Board of Canada) has been nominated for the British Short Animation award at the 2022 BAFTA EE British Academy Film Awards. Since its debut at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in January 2021, where it won the Best Animation award, Affairs of the Art has been screened at more than 65 festivals and picked up 27 awards. The EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 13, 2022.

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“Wow, what fantastic news—we are both absolutely thrilled to hear that our film Affairs of the Art has received an EE BAFTA nomination for British Short Animation, and we know that all of our amazing and talented crew who worked on the film will be equally delighted and excited by the news. We are very honoured and, in short, over the moon to get this nomination.” —Joanna Quinn and Les Mills 

Affairs of the Art

A film by Joanna Quinn and Les Mills

A co-production between Beryl Productions International Ltd (Les Mills) and the National Film Board of Canada (Michael Fukushima).

Press kit: mediaspace.nfb.ca/epk/affairs-of-the-art

Highlights:

Beryl’s back in Affairs of the Art, which showcases one family’s eccentric yet endearing obsessions with everything from drawing to screw threads and pet taxidermy.
The voice cast features Menna Trussler (Beryl), Brendan Charleson (Ifor and Colin), Joanna Quinn (Beverly) and Mali Ann Rees (Mum and Edie).
Stream the film for free in Canada and the US via The New Yorker: ly/30AiLn6

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British Fashion Council Stands with Ukraine

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Having been in contact with many of our members, it is clear that the first thought for all of us was how we can support with humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The situation on the ground is devastating, and we encourage you to support however you can – there is a multitude of organisations and charities to reach out to, you can find links here.  


We now must address the role of business and the stance we can take. The fashion industry in Ukraine is particularly front of mind, as are Ukrainian members here and their extended families. As an organisation that offers support to emerging talent from many backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities, we offer the resources we have to Ukrainian designers, retailers, and media. We will do our utmost to support them in these difficult times. 


We encourage all those in our network to show their support, however they can, for the global campaign condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This campaign is aimed at the Russian Government, not the teams of our Designer Members and Patrons in Russia, or indeed Russian colleagues and friends here, who may be fearful of facing discrimination for actions over which they have no influence at all. The UK Government’s position on sanctions on Russia can be found on Gov.ukand on this basis, no product can now be shipped to Russia from the UK until the conflict is resolved. For specific questions about trading with Ukraine or Russia please contact the dedicated service either online or on 0300 303 8955.  


Seeing and hearing the devastation in Ukraine and that faced by its people is heart-breaking and it can be difficult to understand how to make a difference, but if we all act, the difference will be measurable and meaningful. 

Canada – Canada and British Columbia invest more than $6.8 million in pedestrian and cyclist overpass, connecting Burnaby Lake Regional Park and Deer Lake Park

Today, Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North–Seymour, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Janet Routledge, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Burnaby North, on behalf of the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs; and His Worship Mike Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby, announced funding to build a pedestrian and cyclist overpass over Highway 1 in Burnaby.

Burnaby, British Columbia, August 12, 2021—The governments of Canada and British Columbia continue to invest in local infrastructure during this unprecedented time to meet the needs of communities, promote healthy living, and support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North–Seymour, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Janet Routledge, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Burnaby North, on behalf of the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs; and His Worship Mike Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby, announced funding to build a pedestrian and cyclist overpass over Highway 1 in Burnaby.

The new overpass will improve active transportation in the area by connecting Burnaby Lake Regional Park and Deer Lake Park. The project will connect existing trails at either end of the bridge, and will also include landscaping and fixed park furniture. Users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and low-speed mobility device users, will benefit from increased mobility options in the Highway 1 corridor, south of Burnaby Lake.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.7 million in the project through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The Government of British Columbia is investing more than $3.1 million, and the City of Burnaby is contributing more than $2.5 million to the project.

“I’m pleased to announce over $3.7 million in federal funding for the Burnaby Lake Highway 1 pedestrian and cyclist overpass, which will add to the number of active transportation options available in our community. Ensuring Canadians have access to alternative, safe, and healthy options for getting around will keep our communities connected and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This funding comes from Canada’s infrastructure plan, which invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

Terry Beech, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North–Seymour, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“This overpass project is really a bridge to so many benefits for the community of Burnaby and the people and visitors who spend time here. Active transportation is essential for British Columbians seeking an alternative to driving from place to place, and now pedestrians, cyclists, and wheelchair users will be able to easily connect between two popular parks, while enjoying the healthy benefits of being outdoors. This project will also create jobs, contributing to the growth of the local economy at a time when we need it most.”

Janet Routledge, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Burnaby North, on behalf of the Honourable Josie Osborne, British Columbia’s Minister of Municipal Affairs

“The Burnaby Lake Highway 1 pedestrian and cyclist overpass will deliver significant benefits for Burnaby residents. As we continue to move forward with a new vision for transportation in Burnaby, this overpass will make it easier for Burnaby residents to choose active transportation options to move throughout our community, thereby reducing carbon emissions in Burnaby. We’re pleased to have the support of our federal and provincial partners on this project.”

His Worship Mike Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby

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Canada – Canada and British Columbia invest to improve BC Transit bus shelters for the new RapidBus in Kelowna, B.C.

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced joint funding of $282,500 to install two bus shelters for the new RapidBus station located on Highway 97 and Sexsmith Road in Kelowna, B.C.

Kelowna, British Columbia, August 12 —The safety and well-being of Canadians are top priorities of the governments of Canada and British Columbia. Investments in public transit infrastructure during this unprecedented time provides an opportunity to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and make our communities more inclusive and resilient.

Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced joint funding of $282,500 to install two bus shelters for the new RapidBus station located on Highway 97 and Sexsmith Road in Kelowna, B.C.

These shelters will improve the comfort and safety of transit users thanks to upgrades that will offer protection against weather conditions as well as better lighting and seating. Better accessibility will help encourage more individuals to use public transit to commute.

Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan’s Public Transit Infrastructure Stream, the Government of Canada is investing $113,000. The Government of British Columbia is investing $169,500 in this project.

“Investing in B.C.’s public transit is an essential part of growing our economy, creating good quality jobs, and building communities where people can get where they need to go in a cleaner and more affordable way. These two new bus shelters will improve the commuting experience for Kelowna residents, and help the environment at the same time. Our infrastructure plan is committed to investing in thousands of projects that create jobs across the country and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“These new shelters will be a welcome addition to Kelowna’s RapidBus network and B.C. is grateful for the federal government’s ongoing support of our investments in public transit.  Expanding our province’s RapidBus networks is just one of the innovative ways B.C. is making public transit faster, more efficient and more affordable for families. Investments in public transit play a vital role in building a cleaner, greener and more equitable communities.”

The Honourable Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure 

“Bus shelters provide people a safe place, out of the elements, to wait for the bus and are an important piece of transit infrastructure. It’s great to see our federal and provincial government partners support new and improved bus shelters in Kelowna, helping encourage more people to choose public transit and make our neighbourhoods more accessible and inclusive.”

His Worship Colin Basran, Mayor of Kelowna

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