Natural Resource Development

WCS Canada Comments - Ontario’s Sustainable Bait Management Strategy - November 2019
We provide comments on Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) Sustainable Bait Management Strategy. We support some of the proposed initiatives, including requirement of receipts and documentation for anglers using bait, and the emphasis placed on education and training for industrial and recreational harvesters involved in the bait industry in Ontario. However, there is room for improvement to reduce the ecological risk that the bait industry poses to freshwater systems in Ontario.
WCS Canada Comments - Recommended Whitehorse and Southern Lakes Forest Resources Management Plan - October 2019
We provide comments on the Yukon government's 2019 Forest Resources Management Plan for the Whitehorse and Southern Lakes area.
WCS Canada Comments - Letter to Ministers RE First Nations Partnership Agreement BC - May 2019
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.
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 Canada Comments – Wataynikaneyap transmission line project requested exemption from the Far North Act – October 2018
We provide comments in response to the recent request that the Wataynikaneyap transmission line project be exempted from section 12 of the Far North Act. This section of the Far North Act requires that there be a community based land use plan prior to the construction or expansion of a transmission line. WCS Canada has been engaged as an interested party in the consultation process of this project since 2013. We are concerned that while the environmental impact assessment remains incomplete any request for exemption is premature, that the impact assessment itself fails to acknowledge cumulative effects, and that the process by which the project could become exempt is unclear. We describe our concerns further herein.
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