Losing our touch 2013 ec presentation to oneia mar 27

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Presentation provided at the ONEIA breakfast - annual address Environment Commissioner Gord Miller - March 27, 2013

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Losing our touch 2013 ec presentation to oneia mar 27

  1. 1. Losing Our Touch Gord MillerEnvironmental 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 CompensationLivestock Species Wildlife Predators  Mink  Fox  Raccoon  Fisher  Martin  Lynx  Elk
  5. 5. Wildlife Damage CompensationLivestock Species Wildlife Predators Mink  Mink Fox  Fox Raccoon  Raccoon Fisher  Fisher Martin  Martin Lynx  Lynx Elk  Elk
  6. 6. Wildlife Damage CompensationPoultry Chicken Turkey Duck Goose
  7. 7. Wildlife Damage CompensationPoultry 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 andBearded 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 ProdWasted
  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 AttentionThe ultimate test of a moral society is thekind of world that it leaves to its children.Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian (1906-1945)

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