Forests and Biodiversity

Tree huggers, hewers cut a deal

Forestry companies and environmental groups say they have buried the hatchet and are going to work together to protect Canada's boreal forest and the endangered woodland caribou.

The two groups have reached what they called an "historic" new agreement to protect vast swaths of the ancient forest, which runs from the Yukon Territory to Newfoundland and Labrador, from the northern treeline to the Great Lakes.

The accord covers 72 million hectares of forest across the country, including 16 million in Quebec.

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There is still more to be done for the boreal forest, though, said John Bennett, executive director of the Sierra Club. The federal government and the provinces should introduce strict legislation setting out how the forests may be used, he contended.... Read more »

Stop Terry Fox Road and Create a Park, says New Coalition

OTTAWA--The trees may be destroyed and the road bed under preparation, but citizens opposed to the extension of Terry Fox Drive in Kanata are more determined than ever to mount a wall of opposition to stop further construction work.

The newly-formed Coalition to Protect the South March Highlands is pressuring the Province and the City of Ottawa to stop the road and to create a new park instead.  The Coalition has issued a Position Statement which has been endorsed by ten local and national groups, including the Greenbelt Coalition of Canada’s Capital Region, the Carp Residents Association, and Sierra Club Canada.  (Statement attached.)
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Liam Wacey's Biography

What follows is a short biography of my life, and my reasons for caring about the environment.

Firstly, I have spent almost my entire life in Vernon, B.C., mostly at home with my family.  We have always lived in the rural area of town, called the B.X., and it is here that my passion for the outdoors was first birthed.  Although I am not very good at putting adequate words to the memories I have (which might account for my general resistance to journaling) if given the chance I would talk all day about summer evenings at the pond or winters spent tobogganing at the orchard behind my house.  Hiking in the foothills and snowboarding in the mountains above them have all been a part of my life for as long as I can remember; truly I had everything right outside my door that a boy could ask for.  These experiences have helped shape my independence and spirit of adventure immensely.
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Comments submitted to MNR regarding the City's permit application under regulations of the Endangered Species Act.

The Following are comments submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources by a concerned citizen regarding the TFD extension:

Dear Mr. Fitzpatrick,

I have prepared the comments below in response to the subject EBR posting concerning the City of Ottawa's application to remove species pursuant to Ontario Regulation 242/08 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

For the reasons outlined below, I disagree with the following boundary condition of this application:

"These municipal road works were authorized to proceed under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment prior to June 30, 2008. Therefore, this project qualifies for a transitional provision under Ontario Regulation 242/08 and the city is eligible to enter into an agreement with the Minister of Natural Resources. " ... Read more »

Parliament Threatens Canadians’ Rights and Waterways


(Ottawa) Sierra Club Canada warns that Canadians could soon lose their right to enjoy Canada’s waterways unless Parliament reverses the course... Read more »

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