En­vi­ron­men­tal watch­dog to speak in Peter­bor­ough

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - JES­SICA NYZNIK Ex­am­iner Staff Writer Jes­sica.Nyznik@ pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

On­tario’s en­vi­ron­men­tal com­mis­sioner will be in the city Thurs­day to talk about the prov­ince’s pro­tected land short­fall.

Dianne Saxe is On­tario’s watch­dog over en­vi­ron­men­tal, en­ergy and cli­mate per­for­mance.

She’ll be speak­ing at Thomas A. Ste­wart Sec­ondary School from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Saxe will talk about the com­mit­ment Canada made to the Con­ven­tion on Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity, a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional treaty to pro­tect at least 10 per cent of its ma­rine and coastal ar­eas and 17 per cent of its land by 2020.

The com­mis­sioner will touch on her 2017 En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Re­port, Good Choices, Bad Choices dur­ing the event.

In the re­port, Saxe pointed out that only 10.7 per cent of On­tario’s is cur­rently pro­tected, yet the prov­ince doesn’t have a place to meet the 17 per cent tar­get.

Saxe says On­tario must un­der­take a frank as­sess­ment of the cur­rently sta­tus of the pro­tected ar­eas sys­tem, iden­tify key op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pan­sion and make a pub­lic com­mit­ment to achiev­ing and ex­ceed­ing the con­ser­va­tion tar­get, ac­cord­ing to Kawartha Land Trust (KLT).

KLT, which is host­ing the event, is a non-gov­ern­men­tal char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion is ded­i­cated to man­ag­ing and ac­quir­ing land to main­tain and con­serve the unique and nat­u­ral her­itage of the Kawarthas.

The talk is free to the pub­lic and takes place in TASS’s au­di­to­rium.

Regis­tra­tion is re­quired and can be done on­line at www.kawartha­landtrust.org

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