Province seeks feedback to ban, reduce, recycle more plastics

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of B.C. is inviting British Columbians to have their say on proposed new actions to reduce the plastic waste polluting the province’s waterways, environment and landfills.George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, says the Province needs to take action to reduce plastic waste in order to protect wildlife, adding that he looks forward to hearing public feedback on this issue.“The message from British Columbians is loud and clear – we need to take action to reduce plastic waste, especially single-use items like water bottles and plastic bags that often find their way into our waters, streets and environment. We have all seen the striking images of animals and fish being caught up in everyday plastic waste like grocery bags or beer can loops that ensnare these beautiful creatures and it cannot continue. I look forward to hearing from people about how we can all play a part in reducing plastic pollution and plastics use overall.”- Advertisement -While B.C. is a North American leader with 22 industry-led recycling programs, the Province says they are working with counterparts Canada-wide to develop national standards specifying the minimum amount of recycled plastic in new packaging and products.The deadline to submit public feedback on the reduction of plastic waste is September 18, 2019.To take part in the survey, you can visit cleanbc.ca/plastics.Advertisementlast_img read more

Thomas Rhett To Perform At Cowboys Game On Thanksgiving Day

first_imgTwitter User @ThomasRhettCountry star Thomas Rhett will be the halftime performer on Thanksgiving Day as the Dallas Cowboys host the Los Angeles Chargers.Rhett will lead Thursday’s nationally televised halftime show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington to help kick off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign.Rhett earlier this year won the Academy of Country Music award for Male Vocalist of the Year. Rhett in 2013 had his first No. 1 hit with “It Goes Like This.” His hits also include “Die A Happy Man.”The Red Kettle Campaign begins on Thanksgiving Day and runs through Christmas Eve. Officials say the charitable effort has raised nearly $2.2 billion since the Thanksgiving Day partnership with the Dallas Cowboys began in 1997. Sharelast_img read more

Democratic Congress Members Oppose Proposals by CFPB

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News June 12, 2019 444 Views Democratic Congress Members Oppose Proposals by CFPB Sharecenter_img More than 60 Democratic members of Congress, including Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, protested a proposal by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) that would limit lender information collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA).The dissenting members sent a letter to CFPB Director Kathy Kraninger, asking her to “immediately rescind” proposals that would limit critical lending information collected under the HMDA.Included on the list of lawmakers opposing the proposals were Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Elijah Cummings.In May, the CFPB proposed raising the HMDA threshold for reporting closed-end mortgage loans, and a proposal that would prevent the public from learning about predatory and discriminatory lending activities in communities, particularly rural communities.“The enactment of S. 2155 into law last year, recklessly exempted about 85% of depository institutions from reporting enhanced HMDA data about lending in underserved communities,” the lawmakers wrote. “Now, the Consumer Bureau is proposing to cut deeper, exempting 1,720 financial institutions from basic HMDA reporting requirements for closed-end mortgage loans.”Lawmakers pointed to evidence that showed discrimination in bank lending and stressed the important of HMDA data to better understand access to credit in their communitities.“This cannot be overstated: recent data has made clear that discrimination in lending continues to be a major problem, with conduct such as redlining continuing to be pervasive in too many communities across the country,” the lawmakers wrote. “To promote fair lending, homeownership, and stronger communities, the Consumer Bureau must ensure there is easy access to lending data. By putting much of this information back in the shadows, the Consumer Bureau is abandoning its mission and giving a free pass to those that would discriminate against otherwise creditworthy borrowers.”The HMDA was enacted in 1975, responding to concerns that some lenders failed to provide adequate home financing to qualified applicants, which had contributed to a decline in housing conditions in communities of color. CFPB Chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services HMDA Maxine Waters 2019-06-12 Mike Albaneselast_img read more