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Ontario's new species law puts feds to shame

One year from now, Parliament is required to review the effectiveness of SARA. Bureaucrats are now beginning work on the file. They will be hard-pressed to spin this law as a success story.

Last year, the federal government refused a request from Canadian environmental groups to protect the spotted owl in B.C. The owl is one of the most endangered animals in Canada, its decline almost entirely due to clear-cut logging in their habitat. The federal government declined to use the Species At Risk Act (SARA) to protect the owl, arguing that federal protection is unnecessary because the B.C. government has its own management plan in place.

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Ontario's new species law puts feds to shame

One year from now, Parliament is required to review the effectiveness of SARA. Bureaucrats are now beginning work on the file. They will be hard-pressed to spin this law as a success story.

Last year, the federal government refused a request from Canadian environmental groups to protect the spotted owl in B.C. The owl is one of the most endangered animals in Canada, its decline almost entirely due to clear-cut logging in their habitat. The federal government declined to use the Species At Risk Act (SARA) to protect the owl, arguing that federal protection is unnecessary because the B.C. government has its own management plan in place.

  

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lobbyists, MPs get in on the ice bucket challenge for ALS Sept. 3, 2014

Photo courtesy Summa Strategies
The team at Summa Strategies took the ice bucket challenge last week at the Parliament Pub. Summa challenged board members from the Government Relations Institute of Canada (GRIC) to take it next. From left: intern John McHughan, vice-chairman Tim Powers, senior adviser Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, consultant Kate Harrison, vice-president Jim Armour, vice-president Robin MacLachlan, president Tracey Hubley, senior adviser Michele Austin, and consultant Angela Christiano.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Government Relations Institute of Canada board members take the ice bucket challenge.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
GRIC directors feel the chill.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
From left: GRIC president Andre Albinati, secretary Joanne Dobson, board members Kevin Desjardins and Alayne Crawford, treasurer Phil Cartwright, and board members Alex Maheu and Jason Kerr.
Photograph provided Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Health Minister Rona Ambrose gets in on the ice bucket challenge.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.
Photograph courtesy Hill and Knowlton Strategies
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

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