National Trust for Canada suggests loss of Bill C-323 a beginning

National Trust for Canada suggests loss of Bill C-323 a beginning

The House of Commons Environment and Sustainable Development Committee's November 28 recommendation not to proceed with Bill C-323 is deeply disappointing. However, the Committee's report (slated for Monday, December 4) is expected to signal a broader federal vision for historic places and recommendations for a range of measures. Why is the loss of Bill C-323 the beginning? It is an important opportunity to insist on even more substantial gains for heritage than those proposed in Bill C-323. We [National Trust for Canada] urge everyone with a stake in historic places to be informed, be active, and be part of the movement.

Here's what individuals could do now. Sign-on to the National Trust's statement of priorities for federal action and sign up for its newsletter. And here is what the National Trust wants organizations across Canada to do now.

[Bill C-323, an Act to create tax incentives for the rehabilitation of historic property, was tabled last winter and passed second reading in the House of Commons March 23. That same day, MPs voted to send the Bill to the SC&SD Committee. The Committee announced last Tuesday that the Bill would not proceed. It's study, 'Heritage Preservation and Protection in Canada', however, will be tabled in the House and made public on Monday, December 4, 2017.]

YOU are invited to participate in a toll-free teleconference the next day, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 to hear from Liberal MP John Aldag who led the Committee’s study, and to have the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and share your views. A second teleconference will be held on Thursday. Here are the dates and times:

Tuesday, December 5th, at 1:00 pm ET (noon CST in Saskatchewan) and Thursday, December 7th at 11 am ET (10 am CST in Saskatchewan)

Toll Free Number: 1–866-999-9779

Participant’s code: 469414

Source: National Trust for Canada: November 30 Heritage Weekly Insider
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