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WCS Canada Comments - Ontario Environment Plan 2019
Our Ontario staff provide comments to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks on Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. (link: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4208)
WCS Canada Comments - Wildlife Management Strategy Discussion Paper - November 2016
Ontario’s discussion paper, Building a Wildlife Management Strategy for Ontario, introduces a change in Wildlife Landscape Zones that will used to scale up certain provincial decisions related to wildlife management and otherwise describes the history of wildlife management and threats and “emerging trends”, descriptions of laws that “govern the protection, management, and use of Ontario’s wildlife populations and habitat”. We express concern about the limited scope of this strategy and lack of integration with the pursuit of broader biodiversity objectives.
WCS Canada Comments - MOECC Draft Exemption from EPA Requirements for Reflected Light Bird Kills - December 2015
We are concerned about the current proposal for exemption, and request that reflected light be regulated as a contaminant given its impact on migratory birds traveling through our cities and urban spaces. Research suggests that light reflected by glass can confuse birds and cause bird strikes, especially during night migration. Regulation could help reduce the number of dead and injured migratory birds moving between their wintering grounds and boreal regions in Canada. We request the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change require building owners comply with mitigation measures like this, which is one of the only methods Ontario can employ to address the conservation of boreal birds traveling through urban centres.
WCS Canada Comments - Ontario's Draft White-nose Syndrome Response Plan - January 2015
We are supportive of this initiative as Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to devise a White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) Response Plan of this nature; our comments are intended to maximize its effectiveness. We recommend including context about the role of this strategy for bat conservation and population recovery efforts to combat WNS. We point out that although we recognize the WNS Plan differs from a Recovery Strategy, the ultimate success of the WNS Plan will require recovery efforts like reducing hibernation disturbance, securing significant hibernation habitat, and protecting and enhancing habitats to provide optimal conditions for maximal reproduction or ideal hibernation conditions. We suggest the WNS Plan should also include efforts to locate and monitor undiscovered bat hibernacula in Ontario, further detail on "communication strategies and dissemination of information" to the public, and explicit mention of the techniques planned to be used for the proposed surveillance and surveys.
WCS Canada Comments - Alpine Ungulates and Raptors, Spatial Buffers and Timing Windows - April 2014
We summarize the nature of human disturbance and findings of scientific studies addressing this management problem in alpine ungulates and raptors. We recommend using distance buffers and timing of disturbances to minimize impact, and provide recommendations on ways that buffers and timing windows can be integrated into land management decisions. We recommend that the Department of Environment within the Yukon Territorial Government take the lead in developing clear definitions of the habitats and formalizing a database where these habitats are mapped and adequately documented, and that the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources in the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board require the mapping of these habitats in environmental impact assessments and implement spatial buffers and timing windows in a variety of land use permitting processes.
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