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Wildlife Conservation Society Canada comments on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy
We were given the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft 2022 to 2026 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. Here we offer high-level comments in support of the strong role that can and should be played by the federal government in promoting truly sustainable development in Canada. In light of the fact that the Federal Sustainable Development Act compels the federal government to establish environmental goals, targets and set implementation strategies for each target, we are encouraged by the focus of the document on all 17 SDGs, rather than the subset of “environmentally-focused” SDGs that were covered in the 2019-2021 strategy.
WCS Canada Comments _Science & Research Parliamentary Committee Submission re Study on Top Talent, Research and Innovation_April 2022
WCS Canada provides comments to the Science & Research Parliamentary Committee regarding their Study on Top talent, research and innovation. This letter highlights the critical role of civil society scientists and the limited opportunities currently available to them through the Tri-Council pathways to advance science partnerships. We share some of the current opportunities and challenges we face in advancing scientific research to improve conservation outcomes that address government commitments and priorities for the environment and Indigenous Peoples. Finally, we provide recommendations on ways Canada can more fully integrate civil society science as crucial components of the “research ecosystem” in this country as a means of encouraging and retaining top talent on research and innovation.
WCS Canada Comments - Amendments to Migratory Bird Regulations - July 2019
WCS Canada staff provide recommendations, including, 1) developing clear and comprehensive guidelines for inclusion of species on Schedule 1, 2) expansion of species included on Schedule 1 based on scientific evidence of nest reuse, and 3) the development of a regulatory framework to manage the incidental take of active nests in Canada.
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.
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