Reports

Natural Capital in Rouge National Park

September 2012
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This report provides the first-ever estimate of the economic value of ecosystem services provided by Canada's future Rouge National Park and its surrounding watersheds. Using valuation techniques from the field of natural capital economics, the report estimates that the Rouge region's rich tapestry of natural, agricultural and cultural assets provide... More »

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Carbon in the bank: Ontario's Greenbelt and its role in mitigating climate change

August 2012
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This report is the sixth in a series that studies natural capital and ecosystem services in Canada's major urban centres. It highlights the important role that the Ontario Greenbelt's forests, wetlands, and agricultural soils play in capturing and storing vast amounts of carbon. A principle goal of the report is... More »

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Aggregate Resources Act Submission

July 2012
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Read the David Suzuki Foundation's submission to the Standing Committee reviewing the Ontario's antiquated Aggregate Resources Act. It highlights improvements that should be made to ensure quarries and aggregate operations are as sustainably managed as possible and that Ontario's best agricultural and ecological lands are protected for the benefit of... More »

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Watersheds of the Ontario Greenbelt: Policy options to preserve, protect, and restore the watersheds of the Greenbelt

May 2012
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This report, Watersheds of the Ontario Greenbelt: Policy Options for Preservation, Protection and Restoration, focuses on four key watershed services that residents of Ontario depend on at a local level: water filtration, waste treatment, flow regulation and flood and erosion control. The report examines these natural ecosystem services — services... More »

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All Over the Map 2012

April 2012
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In the absence of effective policies from Canada's federal government to tackle global warming, many provinces have stepped up to implement their own plans and policies. This report documents the shift, assessing each province's climate change plans and programs and comparing the relative merits of each. It updates the status... More »

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The Road to Extinction: A call to end the snapping turtle hunt

February 2012
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This report outlines the most significant threats to snapping turtles, including the hunt and road mortality. It identifies eight Ontario road mortality hotspots for turtles and discusses the potential of eco-passages, such as those currently being installed along Highway 400, to address this threat. The report also examines the levels... More »

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Biodiversity in Ontario's Greenbelt

December 2011
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Ontario's Greenbelt is home to 78 of over 200 provincially listed species at risk in the province, like the Bobolink, Redside Dace and Jefferson Salamander. Since being established in 2005, it has prevented the conversion of natural and agricultural lands into sprawling residential development. Despite this early success, this report... More »

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Natural Capital Policy Review: A review of policy options to protect, enhance and restore natural capital in B.C.'s urban areas

November 2011
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This report is the third in a series of David Suzuki Foundation publications examining the economic value of natural capital — forests, fields, wetlands and waterways — in and around Canada's urban areas and assessing the essential benefits that these ecosystems provide. The purpose of the report is to evaluate... More »

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Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?

July 2011
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Our energy systems must change if we are to combat climate change. Many people are asking whether natural gas can play a role as a "bridging" fuel that enables near-term reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. "Is natural gas a climate change solution for Canada?" explores... More »

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Failing the sniff test

June 2011
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This spring, David Suzuki Foundation supporters wrote to cosmetics companies asking exactly what they mean when they list the ingredient "parfum" or "fragrance" in their shampoos, crèmes, and other products. This report is the summary of their responses.... More »

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Pesticide Free? Oui! (2011)

May 2011
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This report briefly presents the approaches adopted by the five Canadian provinces that currently restrict the use and sale of cosmetic pesticides: Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, as well as Alberta's more limited restriction on pesticide/fertilizer mixtures. It also reviews the process to date in... More »

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Property Assessed Payments for Energy Retrofits

April 2011
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Local Improvement Charges are fees for municipal financing of infrastructure improvements that benefit homeowners and are repaid on tax bills. This report discusses how a similar mechanism could be used in Ontario to finance retrofits to make homes more energy efficient, reduce overall energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, and save homeowners money on their energy bills. More »

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