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keeping conservation authorities focused on their core mandate

keeping conservation authorities focused on their core mandate

Ontario Creates and Restores Wetlands

TORONTO, ONTARIO  ~~~~~ December 9, 2020  (LSN)   Now more than ever, keeping conservation authorities focused on their core mandate should be top of mind, given the worsening impacts of climate change. This includes the protection of people and property against the impacts of natural hazards, such as flooding.  Thunder Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, North Bay, Parry Sound,  Ontario

We have proposed changes to help focus conservation authorities on helping protect people and property from natural hazards, the conservation and management of conservation authority-owned lands, and their roles in drinking water source protection. 

A conservation authority would also be able to provide non-mandatory programs and services, including for purposes of environmental protection and rehabilitation such as private land stewardship programs remediating erosion of stream banks, water quality improvements, etc.

To be clear, conservation authorities would continue to conserve and manage their own lands, which includes natural heritage features and provincially significant conservation lands -- provincially significant wetlands, areas of scientific and natural interest, Niagara Escarpment lands, habitat for endangered species, and more.

The government announced the Wetland Conservation Partner Program which will be launched in two phases over five years. In the first year of the five-year program, the province will invest $6 million in projects with Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC), an internationally recognized wetlands restoration organization. DUC has a suite of over 60 projects that are fully scoped and ready to be implemented immediately. We will have more to share shortly about the projects that will be funded.

In years two through five of the funding program, it will be expanded through additional partnerships and include wetland restoration projects in other Great Lakes watersheds and inland waterways. These projects will focus on supporting municipalities with stormwater management and the impacts of climate change using wetlands and new innovative approaches.

Working with our partners, we can improve the health of natural ecosystems, protect our environment and still drive Canada’s economic recovery.

New partnerships will help protect Great Lakes and support municipalities with stormwater management

Toronto — The Ontario government is providing $30 million to help conservation organizations create and restore wetlands in priority areas across the province. The new Wetlands Conservation Partner Program will focus on restoration projects in the Great Lakes watersheds and support municipalities with stormwater management.

In the first year of the five-year program, the province will partner with Ducks Unlimited Canada, an internationally recognized wetlands restoration organization, and provide $6 million to support wetlands projects in the Lake Ontario and Lake Erie drainage basins. Ducks Unlimited has a suite of over 60 projects that are fully scoped and ready to be implemented immediately.

"We've been clear that Ontario can lead Canada's economic recovery while also protecting our environment, public health and safety - and this $30M program is just one example of that," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "The Wetlands Conservation Partner Program funding will build on our government's commitment to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, including our wetlands."

In years two through five, the Province will partner with additional conservation organizations and fund wetland creation and restoration projects in other Great Lakes watersheds and inland waterways. These projects would include using innovative approaches for wetland creation and restoration to support municipal stormwater management.

Through these partnerships, Ontario will continue to fulfill commitments in several agreements and plans, including the Environment Plan, Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health, and the Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Action Plan.

"This funding demonstrates a meaningful commitment to wetland conservation," said Lynette Mader, Manager of Provincial Operations Ontario, Ducks Unlimited Canada. "It provides Ducks Unlimited Canada with an opportunity to restore natural infrastructure and contribute to green jobs and COVID-19 recovery at a scale we have never been able to achieve in Ontario." 

QUICK FACTS

  1. Since 1938, Ducks Unlimited Canada has completed more than 11,890 projects and conserved, restored and positively influenced more than 163.5 million acres of habitat.
The Wetlands Conservation Partner projects will improve water quality, preserve and increase habitats for endangered species and increase climate change resiliency.

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    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  April 14, 2021  (LSN)  “We are excited to announce a one-of-a-kind, online auction to raise funds to complete the restoration of our 106-year-old C.W. Parker Carousel” reported Bonnie McNulty, Co-Chair of the Save Our Carousel Committee.

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    Anishnawbe Business host Webinar on Virtual Communications

    NORTHERN ONTARIO  ~~~~~~~   April 15, 2021  (LSN)  - Robinson-Superior Treaty and Fort William First Nation Territory, Thunder Bay, Ontario: The Anishnawbe Business Professional Association is pleased to host an upcoming webinar on virtual communication. The presenters will explore effective online communication strategies ranging from setting up an effective remote office to engaging wider audiences with virtual events.

    With the restrictions in place during COVID-19, many businesses and organizations have had to pivot communications online in both internal and external ways. This can be a particular challenge for remote and rural First Nations communities with limited internet access, and with another lockdown in place the ABPA hopes this timely information may help businesses and organizations to:

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