Earth tones

Substantial portions of provincial New Democrat environment critic Rob Fleming's speech commemorating Earth Day seem to have been copied from the Earth Day Canada Website. For example, Mr. Fleming opened that speech by describing Earth Day as "the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide" - the same words used on the About Us section of that Website. We've posted a complete list of those similarities below. But what does Mr. Fleming have to say about the apparent rip-and-read? Well, in an interview with Public Eye, the Victoria-Hillside legislator responded to questions about the issue by stating, "Part of what I was saying was on the history of the environmental movement. This is all stuff that's well-documented. It would be like doing a history of the Magna Carta I suppose...This is a matter of the public record."

"April 22, Earth Day, is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide." - Mr. Fleming

"Celebrated every April 22, Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide." - Earth Day Canada

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"Today more than 6 million Canadians will join a billion people in over 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues, and today nearly every school child in Canada will take part in an earth day activity." - Mr. Fleming

"More than 6 million Canadians join 1 billion people in over 170 countries in staging events and projects to address local environmental issues. Nearly every school child in Canada takes part in an Earth Day activity." - Earth Day Canada

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"Environmental challenges to the sustainability of our planet are immense. Around the globe national economies remain tied to large-scale daily actions that pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to live." - Mr. Fleming

"Environmental challenges abound as our daily actions pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to survive." - Earth Day Canada

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"Earth Day 2010 provides the opportunity for all of us to identify solutions, to take positive action and to achieve results that will shift our societies from the present risk of runaway climate change to a green, low-carbon, sustainable way of living." - Mr. Fleming

"Earth Day provides the opportunity for positive actions and results." - Earth Day Canada

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"First launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970, April 22 is celebrated as the birth of the environmental movement." - Mr. Fleming

"First launched as an environmental awareness event in the United States in 1970, Earth Day (April 22) is celebrated as the birth of the environmental movement." - Earth Day Canada

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"Earth Day has and continues to be a powerful catalyst for change, the first Earth Day was spearheaded by Governor Nelson of Wisconsin, and it involved 20 million participants in teach-ins that addressed decades of environmental pollution." - Mr. Fleming

"Earth Day is a powerful catalyst for change. The first Earth Day, spearheaded by Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson and Harvard University student Denis Hayes, involved 20 million participants in teach-ins that addressed decades of environmental pollution." - Earth Day Canada

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"The event inspired the U.S. Congress to pass clean air and water acts and establish the Environmental Protection Agency." - Mr. Fleming

"The event inspired the US Congress to pass clean air and water acts, and establish the Environmental Protection Agency to research and monitor environmental issues and enforce environmental laws." - Earth Day Canada

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"In 1990 two million Canadians joined 200 million people in celebrating the first International Earth Day. That global event brought pressure on heads of states to later convene the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to address climate change and the loss of endangered species." - Mr. Fleming

"In 1990, two million Canadians joined 200 million people in 141 nations in celebrating the first International Earth Day. In many countries, the global event brought pressure on heads of state to take part in the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro to address issues such as climate change and the world wide loss of species." - Earth Day Canada

2 Comments

seriously, this is news??? come on, sean, find something real to report about. This isn't a highschool essay.

I have to disagree with you Sam. The reason plagiarism is considered an academic offense is because it's a form of intellectual dishonesty.

No, this isn't a high school essay, it's a public statement by an elected official. It's much, much more concerning to see evidence of intellectual dishonesty in the latter situation and it absolutely merits Sean's work to point it out.

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