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Losing our touch 2013 ec presentation to oneia mar 27

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Losing our touch 2013 ec presentation to oneia mar 27

  1. 1. Losing Our Touch Gord Miller Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
  2. 2. Overview  Issues in Ecosystems  Planning Issues  Water Issues  Permitting Issues  Emerging Issues  Moving Government Forward
  3. 3. Issues in Ecosystems  Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program  Failure of the Provincial Wildlife Population Monitoring Program  The Province’s forgotten fauna
  4. 4. Wildlife Damage Compensation Livestock Species Wildlife Predators  Mink  Fox  Raccoon  Fisher  Martin  Lynx  Elk
  5. 5. Wildlife Damage Compensation Livestock Species Wildlife Predators  Mink  Mink  Fox  Fox  Raccoon  Raccoon  Fisher  Fisher  Martin  Martin  Lynx  Lynx  Elk  Elk
  6. 6. Wildlife Damage Compensation Poultry  Chicken  Turkey  Duck  Goose
  7. 7. Wildlife Damage Compensation Poultry Also Poultry  Chicken  Northern bobwhite  Turkey  Ruffed grouse  Duck  Spruce grouse  Goose  Rock ptarmigan  Willow ptarmigan  Wild turkey
  8. 8. PWPMP  Intended to monitor any impacts forestry was having on wildlife populations
  9. 9. PWPMP  Intended to monitor any impacts forestry was having on wildlife populations  Legal requirement under the EA Declaration Order MNR-71
  10. 10. PWPMP  Intended to monitor any impacts forestry was having on wildlife populations  Legal requirement under the EA Declaration Order MNR-71  PWPMP not provincial, does not address wildlife populations and involves no monitoring
  11. 11. PWPMP  Intended to monitor any impacts forestry was having on wildlife populations  Legal requirement under the EA Declaration Order MNR-71  PWPMP not provincial, does not address wildlife populations and involves no monitoring  “nothing to report”
  12. 12. Ontario’s Forgotten Fauna
  13. 13. Marine Mammals in Ontario •Polarbears •Orcas •Ringed and Bearded Seals •Walruses •Beluga whales
  14. 14. Planning Issues  Newwind power rules to protect birds and bats
  15. 15. In Ontario 2.5 birds per turbine
  16. 16. Bats – more serious issue  4-14per turbine per year  Migratory populations worst hit  Non-migratory species complicated by white nose syndrome  Can be monitored and mitigated
  17. 17. Water Issues – OLWR Plan  Level I – Potential water supply problem  Level II – Potential serious problem  Level III – Inability to meet demand – Province declares condition after … • Demonstrated and documented majority of water users have participated in conservation • Documented any significant social, environmental and economic impacts arising • Provided recommendations on restrictions
  18. 18. Permitting Issues – Overt Pollution  Appfor Investigation – particulate emissions from cement plant
  19. 19. Permitting Issues – Overt Pollution  App for Investigation – particulate emissions from cement plant  MOE report “residents’ complaints are credible and truthful” “all evidence supports residents’ complaints of adverse effects”  700 exceedances in 2010  Going on for 10 years!
  20. 20. A Terrible Waste  The environmental costs of throwing away our food
  21. 21. 40% Canadian Food Prod Wasted
  22. 22. Moving Government Forward  Evaluating environmental programs – Examples of weak evaluation – Rationale for program evaluation – Program evaluation tools – Some bight spots
  23. 23. Thank You For Your Attention The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian (1906-1945)

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