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Ring of Fire heats up

Ring of Fire heats up

By Jen Baker Over the past two years, there has been a surge in the staking of mining claims throughout Ontario. This is particularly evident in an area known as the Ring of Fire, some 240 kilometres west of James Bay, where an unchecked explosion in staking and exploration activity threatens up to 1.5 million […]

Escape clause

Escape clause

Why is an ecologically destructive industry like mining exempt from environmental assessments? by Jen Baker In 2009, if all goes according to plan, Ontario will have the dubious distinction of being an exporter of diamonds for the first time in the province’s history. The environmental impacts that will result from the approved DeBeers Canada Victor […]

Good woods

Good woods

by  Jen Baker and Wendy Francis Sustainable logging need not be an oxymoron. In a very progressive move, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is requiring that all forestry operations carried out on public lands become certified as sustainable by the end of 2007.

No tree, no bird

No tree, no bird

by Jen Baker Ontario Nature, CPAWS Wildlands League and Ecojustice have filed a request for policy review with the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), Ontario’s environmental watchdog, asking that the province’s forest management system – which the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) oversees – be reviewed. The request for a review stems from Ontario Nature’s […]

Can we just keep cutting?

Can we just keep cutting?

by Jen Baker CPAWS Wildlands League recently published a report addressing a question that many in the conservation community have often asked: Is the amount of logging in Ontario’s allocated forest sustainable? Permissible harvest levels are determined using a computer modelling system. But what if the model is based on faulty assumptions? Logging too much, […]

In word only

In word only

by Jen Baker Urban sprawl continues to spread across much of southern Ontario, while to the north, logging and other development interests intrude into the boreal forest and beyond. Yet the provincial government has produced numerous policies intended to protect Ontario’s natural landscape. The government’s conflicting priorities – conservation in words, unsustainable growth in practice […]