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WCS Canada Comments - NSERC's New Research Partnership Program Review - October 2018
WCS Canada staff provided feedback on the NSERC’s redesigned Research Partnerships Program.
WCS Canada Comments - Environmental Bill of Rights Review - October 2016
Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) is an environmental law unlike any other in the world, providing the people of Ontario with the right to participate in environmentally significant decision‐making. It is being publicly reviewed by the Government of Ontario for the first time. Our comments address several specific questions posed in a Ministry of Environment & Climate Change discussion paper and provide specific recommendations in areas where we have the most expertise.
WCS Canada Comments - Bill 37 Invasive Species Act - September 2015
We support the need for an Invasive Species Act and recognize that the current legislation represents significant progress towards filling the gaps in a patchwork of provincial and federal acts. We note four main issues with the current proposal: a lack of emphasis on precaution and prevention that prioritizes science and traditional ecological knowledge; the lack of a transparent, science-based process for listing invasive species in Ontario; a lack of emphasis and support for stewardship efforts and programs to control and eradicate invasive species; and, a lack of attention to Ontario's Far North as a unique environment for proactive planning, particularly given invasive species. We provide ten recommendations designed to clarify, correct, and prevent these issues.
WCS Canada Comments - Bill 167 Invasive Species Act - April 2014
Bill 167 (an Act regarding Invasive Species) is focused on creating a legislative framework for the identification of invasive species that threaten Ontario’s natural environment. We found the current bill to be primarily reactive and does not address the prevention of introducing invasive species. We suggest mandatory compliance and coordination across all Ontario ministries and agencies to further establish their mechanisms for coordination and cooperation. We suggest that all invasive species, regardless of their risk category, are priorities for prevention, eradication and restoration. This legislation should be revised to more closely reflect the goals and key action items of the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan, including prevention measures and cooperation across current Ontario policies, plans, agencies, and departments.
WCS Canada Comments - OMNR Invasive Species Discussion Paper - September 2013
Invasive species are an important threat to conserving native biodiversity and can have important consequences on economic sectors such as agriculture, forestry, and recreation Ontario. We agree with many of the points raised in the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) Invasive Species Discussion Paper, including that invasive species are a growing threat to Ontario's economy and biodiversity. We remain concerned about the tensions between managing biodiversity vs. the economic impacts of invasive species. We offer suggestions to help reduce the rate of invasive species introduction, and provide several options to help address this issue. We address the lack of attention to invasive species in the Far North, restoration, and the implications of defining invasive species as those whose introduction or spread is linked to climate change.
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