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PostPosted: September 22nd, 2010, 4:20 pm 
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The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario published his annual report. It's huge, but full of significant points. Take a look at the recommendations below, pick some that are close to your heart and read the details in the full report at
http://www.eco.on.ca/eng/uploads/eng_pd ... Report.pdf

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Appendix A - Summary of 2009/2010 ECO
Recommendations
Recommendation 1 (Part 3.1 –Climate Change and Biodiversity Turmoil)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Natural Resources lead the development of a
new and reconceived biodiversity strategy for the Ontario government.
Recommendation 2 (Part 3.2 – Wanted: One Billion Trees)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Natural Resources lead a co-ordinated
afforestation strategy for southern Ontario, with a target of planting 1 billion trees of
native species, to address the long-term ecological function of natural heritage systems
and the impacts of climate change.
Recommendation 3 (Part 3.3 - Species at Risk: Progress and the Path Ahead)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Natural Resources complete the necessary
policy framework to support the Endangered Species Act, 2007, with the required
public consultation.
Recommendation 4 (Part 3.5 – Mixed Results: Management of Caribou, Moose, Elk and Deer)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Natural Resources ensure that caribou habitat
be a prime consideration in how and where it plans to protect 50 per cent of lands in
the Far North.
Recommendation 5 (Part 3.8 – Bringing Ecological Integrity to the Landscape: Ontario’s Protected
Areas Planning Manual)

The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Natural Resources amend the Provincial Parks
and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006 to make management direction for protected
areas binding on the Crown.
Recommendation 6 (Part 4.1- Sewage Treatment: Not Good Enough)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of the Environment monitor and publish annual
reports on the quality of municipal wastewater discharges to Ontario waterways,
providing both concentrations and loadings of key pollutants.
Recommendation 7 (Part 4.3 – Not Airtight: Amendments to Ontario’s Air Quality Regulation)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of the Environment include reporting
requirements in all sector-based standards to ensure that information on industrial air
emissions remains publicly available.

Recommendation 8 (Part 4.5 – A Watershed Moment? Ontario Introduces the Lake Simcoe
Protection Plan)

The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing amend the
Provincial Policy Statement to require integrated watershed management planning.
Recommendation 9 (Part 4.6 – The Draining Act: Drying up Ontario’s Wetlands)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs amend
the Drainage Act and its policies to ensure that provincially significant wetlands are
protected from being drained.
Recommendation 10 (Part 5.1.3 – Ring of Fire: Using Mining Claims to Plan the Far North)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry
consult on safeguards to ensure that electronic map staking is not misused as de facto
land use planning in the Far North.
Recommendation 11 (Part 6.1 – Aging Landfills: Ontario’s Forgotten Polluters)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of the Environment establish and implement a
plan to update Certificates of Approval for Ontario landfill sites, with priorities based on
environmental risks.
Recommendation 12 (Part 6.3 – Sewage Biosolids: New Rules for Use on Agricultural Land)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of the Environment lead a multi-ministry initiative
to create a new compost-centred policy vision for the management of organic
residuals in Ontario.
Recommendation 13 (Part 6.4.1 – Biochar: The Promising Future for an Ancient Process)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the
Ministry of the Environment develop guidelines, with public consultation, for biochar
production and use in Ontario.
Recommendation 14 (Part 7.1 – Pushing for Natural Heritage Planning on the Waterloo and Paris-Galt
Moraines)

The ECO recommends that the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing amend the
Provincial Policy Statement to require that the long-term ecological function and
biodiversity of natural heritage systems are maintained.
Recommendation 15 (Part 7.6 – Planning for Stormy Weather)
The ECO recommends that the Ministry of the Environment take the lead on collecting
appropriate hydrologic data, and creating models, to allow stormwater management
planning to reflect changing climate patterns.

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