Letter to Ministers RE First Nations Partnership Agreement BC
Justina Ray and Chris Johnson provide a letter to Ministers supporting the Intergovernmental Partnership Agreement for the Conservation of the Central Group of the Southern Mountain Caribou.
Scientists Letter to Minister Rod Phillips RE Scientists Warn - Ontario must do more to address biodiversity loss
Over 75 scientists across North America have signed and sent a letter to Environment Minister Rod Phillips, urging him to reconsider proposed changes to Ontario's Endangered Species Act in Bill 108.
WCS Comments - Environmental Assessment Act - May 2019
WCS Canada scientists provide comments on the Discussion Paper on Modernizing Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Program, Proposed Changes to the Environmental Assessment Act and and Schedule 6 of Bill 108
WCS Canada Comments - Ontario's Proposal to Repeal the Far North Act - April 2019
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have proposed to repeal the Far North Act and retain completed land use plans and enable completion of plans at an advanced planning stage for a time-limited period. We discuss the following points, and provide recommendations. 1. The Far North Act has never restricted development in the Ring of Fire; and its repeal will not speed the development of mining projects. 2. With or without the Far North Act, the Ontario government is obliged to address Indigenous jurisdiction when introducing development in the far north. 3. The Public Lands Act is inadequate for accommodating planning and development in the far north, particularly dedicated protected areas that have been designated through community-based land use planning under the Far North Act. 4. Reliance on piecemeal project-level impact assessments will fail to address social, environmental, and economic risks; and will fail responsible stewardship of the far north – a globally-significant region with a high degree of ecological integrity, world-class carbon stores, and providing ecosystem services far beyond is boundaries. 5. If the province doesn’t learn from the 10 years of implementation of the Far North Act, it will repeat the same mistakes and fail to address fundamental issues related to social and environmental stewardship and justice. 6. The time constraint for communities to complete their community-based land use plans is too short, and the cancellation of land use planning processes at beginning stages for many communities is arbitrary and unfair to those who have engaged in good faith with Ontario to date.
WCS comments on Underwater Noise Management Plans discussion paper
WCS Canada provides comments in response to Transport Canada's 2019 discussion paper, Reducing Underwater Vessel Noise through Underwater Noise Management Plans (UNMPs). We recommend that: i) UNMPs must be developed specifically for Arctic circumstances, ii) management at a fleet-level does not replace regional management or maximum noise limits, and iii) UNMPs need to be subject to regular review and continual refinement as our understanding of noise impacts continues to evolve.
WCS Canada Comments - 10th Year Review of the ESA - February 2019
In response to the discussion paper on the 10th year review of Ontario's ESA, we provide comments on the implementation of the Act moving forward. Rather than making changes to the existing legislation, we recommend the provincial government focus instead on improving implementation of the Act by utilizing existing tools in the ESA to provide more meaningful protections for species at risk. We contend that more strategic implementation of the ESA can be accomplished without significant additional expenditures, and that failure to invest appropriately now in species at risk conservation will lead to escalating costs in the future as biodiversity deteriorates.
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:

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