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David Suzuki Foundation statement: Environmental reviews welcome

June 21, 2016

The David Suzuki Foundation welcomes the federal government's announcement yesterday that it will review key pieces of environmental legislation, including returning provisions stripped away in 2012's omnibus budget bill.

Strengthening legislation such as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act provides an opportunity for the federal government to make Canada the environmental and climate action leader that Canadians want. "This is Canada's chance to be an international leader and build a credible assessment process that shifts us away from oil, coal and natural gas by 2050 as committed to in the Paris Agreement," said David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director Ian Bruce.

David Suzuki Foundation encouraged by new transit investment in Metro Vancouver

June 16, 2016

VANCOUVER — Today's transit-funding announcement by the federal and B.C. governments and Metro Vancouver mayors is a positive step on the road to securing long-term investment in transit. Although the Phase 1 funds only ensure funding for the first three years of the 10-year plan developed by the region's mayors, they are enough to guarantee that key infrastructure projects can begin to move forward.

Statement by Environmental Defence, David Suzuki Foundation and Ontario Nature on the amended Rouge National Urban Park Act tabled today in Ottawa

June 9, 2016

TORONTO, ON — We congratulate the federal government for tabling the amended Rouge National Urban Park Act that will ensure stronger ecological protection for the park's sensitive landscape and wildlife. The amended Rouge National Urban Park Act includes changes that enshrine the importance of managing the park to maintain its ecological integrity, which was absent from the original Act. This change and the increase in park land area, including the addition of Ontario's provincial land holdings will make the park a treasure all Canadians can enjoy. The federal government is also following through on the financial commitments for management promised by the former federal government.

This is a significant day for Ontario's Rouge watershed. The Act marks an important action to protect and invest in one of the province's most pristine remaining Carolinian forest ecosystems. We also look forward to working with the federal government over the coming year to improve and enlarge Canada's first urban national park. There is important work to be done to strengthen the management plan, encourage the cancellation of the unnecessary Pickering airport proposal and create a 30,000 acre Rouge National Urban Park by including all remaining 9,600 acres of federal lands within the park's boundary.

Toronto's laneways are going green this summer

June 9, 2016

TORONTO, JUNE 9, 2016 — Toronto's more than 250 kilometres of laneways will soon be getting greener as a result of two innovative, citizen-led projects that are bringing nature home to these often-neglected urban spaces.

"Toronto's vast network of residential and commercial laneways represent a landscape of immense potential for greening projects," said Jode Roberts, who runs the Homegrown National Park Project and Got Milkweed campaign for the David Suzuki Foundation. "By adding natural elements and permeable surfaces to lanes, we can make them cooler during the summer while reducing flooding and making them more welcoming for local residents and critters like bumblebees and butterflies."

SeaChoice celebrates 10 years with Canada's first comprehensive sustainable seafood study

June 8, 2016

VANCOUVER/HALIFAX — On World Oceans Day, a new report released from SeaChoice finds that Canada should do more to protect oceans and the food they provide. The organization, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, released today the first major assessment of the sustainability of all of Canada's seafood imports and exports. The report, Taking Stock: Sustainable Seafood in Canadian Markets, is part of SeaChoice's work to promote and highlight sustainable seafood choices in Canadian grocery stores.

"While we are celebrating the growing support for sustainable seafood among Canadians, along with increased fisheries assessments, the report's findings show there are still obstacles to supporting healthy oceans," said Karen Wristen from the Living Oceans Society.