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BIG DECISIONS IN ONTARIO'S FAR NORTH: WCS Canada and Ecojustice Release Report on Tool for Conservation and Development Planning Ahead of Big Government Decisions

Ontario's Far North harbours world-class ecosystems, including the largest wetlands in North America. The Government of Ontario has made a commitment to protect over half of this region, but will face challenges in balancing this goal with developing world-class mineral deposits, particularly in the Ring of Fire. These developments would bring both benefits and risks to remote First Nations communities and the region, and the roads needed for the developments would bisect the largest intact boreal forest left in the world. Current laws and environmental assessment processes mean that if Ontario adopted a business as usual approach, development decisions in this pristine and remote region would proceed in a piecemeal manner, without considering cumulative effects of multiple projects, sustainable development with local First Nations, or any independent review of project proposals. Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment, or R-SEA, is a tool with extensive international practice that could provide solutions in Ontario's Far North. Our Dr. Cheryl Chetkiewicz and Dr. Anastasia Lintner of Ecojustice have published a new working paper that outlines how current laws result in poorly coordinated planning and introduces R-SEA and how it can be implemented in the Far North.

See the press release on the report here and Cheryl's blog post about the report here

See an article by The Canadian Press on this new report.

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