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Controversial changes to Fisheries Act guided by industry demands

 

Commercial fishing boats make their way back up the Fraser River to Steveston Harbour to offload sockeye salmon near the end of a 32-hour fishery window in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday August 26, 2010.

(DARRYL DYCK FOR THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

The federal Conservative government consulted with both environmental organizations and industry associations before making controversial changes to the Fisheries Act last year, but listened primarily to industry.

When a section of one of the government’s massive 2012 omnibus budget bills limited the scope of the legislation governing the protection of fish and their habitats, some ecologists said it was the biggest setback to conservation law in more than 50 years.... Read more »

Seeking Less Green: MAYDAY Rally galvanizes support for cleaner Lake Ontario shorelines

by Meirav Even-Har

In over a decade of work with businesses and grassroots environmental organizations like Sierra Club Ontario, I cannot recall such an obvious and non- contentious call to action as the one put forth by organizers of the MAYDAY Rally.

Let me clarify. Duffin Creek Water Pollution Control Plant (WPCP), the second largest sewage plant in Ontario, is already a nuisance to the nearby shorelines of Ajax and Pickering. The proposed expansion of the plant to accommodate new residents in York Region should have a commitment to invest in better technology. If the current deterioration of shorelines due to the 340,000,000 litre-per-day discharge is not enough of an alarm bell, surely an expansion of operations is a timely opportunity to invest in a more sustainable solution.... Read more »

Long-term funding from province confirmed for Experimental Lakes Area

David Orazietti is Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources. (STRINGER/CANADA/REUTERS)

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Wednesday, Jul. 31 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

Last updated Wednesday, Jul. 31 2013, 6:06 AM EDT

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Natural Capital in Our Communities

Learn about the Ecological Goods and Services a healthy environment provides for our communities!

Natural Capital refers to the stock of natural resources and environmental assets, and how they contribute to building healthy communities. The Natural Capital perspective is a way of placing a monetary value on the benefits, known as ecological goods and services, that nature naturally provides to humans. Examples include: regulating climate, water purification, erosion control, flood protection, and providing health benefits. 

Natural Capital is a way of communicating how much nature is worth, in the hopes to make better policy and development decisions in the future.... Read more »

Save Kipawa Lake

Photo Credit: Mike Bonnin

Join the online petition seeking to protect the Kipawa Lake region from a proposed rare earth mine project by Matamec Explorations.

http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-natural-resources-quebec-protect-kipawa-lake Kipawa and surrounding watersheds are currently a vast wilderness area relatively untouched by humans and industry. The lake is important for local Algonquin First Nations members who rely on hunting and fishing and also an important tourist destination (tourist dollars help stimulate the local economy). Kipawa Lake is the headwaters for Lac Temiscaming and the Ottawa River, changes in water quality upstream will affect lakes downstream. 
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