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Provinces haven’t stopped boreal caribou’s decline, federal report confirms

Credit: YinYang

On October 31, 2017, Environment Canada released its long-awaited report summarizing the implementation progress of federal recovery strategy for boreal caribou. In 2012, provinces and territories were given five years to develop and finalize plans to effectively protect critical caribou habitat. Not a single province met the deadline.

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Keeping caribou in Ontario

boreal caribou, Credit: Bubba55 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“Eco terrorist.” “Environmental extremist.” “Latte-sucking, SUV-driving, Toronto tree-hugger.” My colleagues and I have been called many names for advocating for the conservation of caribou. When you live in part of Ontario’s remaining logging empire, as I do, talking about protecting caribou habitat can be like kicking a hornet’s nest.

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A Taste of Nature

Most of us have experienced forest foods, whether we’ve collected fiddleheads or picked wild raspberries as a trailside snack. Ontario Nature’s recent “Foraging Week” events in Thunder Bay expanded on these experiences, showing participants how easy it is to find and use wild foods from our northern forests. As one Indigenous blueberry picker told us, “If it’s good for the bears, it’s good for us!”

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Free, prior and informed consent – Where conservation can support human rights

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CREDIT: Simon Brothers Powerline Films

I woke up this morning to a story on the local news that a family of nine had died in another northern First Nation reserve house fire. Among the dead were three children. The underlying cause – poverty and what the reporter called “third world living conditions”. It’s enough to take your breath away.

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An Introduction to the Forest Stewardship Council

Boreal Forest, Credit: Gregor Beck

boreal forest, credit: Gregor Beck

From my first day with Ontario Nature, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has been a big part of my work. Though I was familiar with FSC certification, my knowledge was limited to associating the green “check tree” logo with environmentally conscious paper products. My involvement with FSC over the past year opened my eyes to what the certification represents and how important it is for the future of forests around the world.

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