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Federal government's orca symposium failed to establish concrete action on recovery measures, say seven conservation groups
Time is running out to fend off extinction

October 12, 2017

Vancouver, BC — The federal government's southern resident killer whale Symposium, held as part of the Oceans Protection Plan this week in Vancouver, failed to identify concrete actions to ensure the recovery of the endangered killer whales, according to seven environmental organizations.

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Environment minister's commitment to consider changes to Canada's toxics law is on the right track

October 10, 2017

Environmental and health groups urge Ottawa to act quickly to modernize the Canadian Environmental Protection Act

Ottawa, Ont. — Environment and health groups agree with the federal environment minister that changes are needed to modernize and improve the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), the federal law for regulating pollution and toxic substances.

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Canadian provinces, territories miss crucial deadline for caribou protection

October 6, 2017

National and international stakeholders call for immediate interim action given this failure to act

Yesterday, Canadian provinces failed to meet a key deadline for protecting threatened boreal caribou habitat. Provinces had five years to develop habitat protection plans under Canada's Species At Risk Act, and no plan has been published at the time of this release.

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MEDIA STATEMENT: The plight of boreal caribou in Canada

October 6, 2017

This week, the fifth anniversary of the 2012 Recovery Strategy for boreal caribou came and went including a key deadline that was missed by jurisdictions for range plans and laws to protect boreal caribou critical habitat [1]. The provinces and territories have had five years to protect boreal caribou critical habitat and failed. Destruction of habitat continues throughout the country.

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New children's safety campaign says keep Bloor bike lane

October 5, 2017

Nearly 70 per cent want cycle track to remain

TORONTO Cycle Toronto and the David Suzuki Foundation today launched "Keeping our children safe", a major campaign to protect kids' safety by retaining bicycle lanes along Bloor Street.

The initiative includes placing large advertisements in subway stations with the heading, "7 in 10 Toronto residents say keep the Bloor bike lanes... including us!" The ads show a young family whose children are posing with their bicycles and helmets.

The campaign also features a "Students for Bloor" bike ride and a door-to-door canvass to collect signatures on a pro-bike lane petition.
It represents the largest undertaking so far to build support for the Bloor bike lane.

"We have two key messages," says Cycle Toronto executive director Jared Kolb. "Bike lanes keep our kids safe and the vast majority of Torontonians support the Bloor bike lane."

The Bloor lane is only a pilot project. City council will decide this fall whether to make it permanent or remove it. Recent polling from the Angus Reid Forum found 69 per cent of Toronto residents want the Bloor lane to remain in place.

"Right across the city there's majority support for keeping the Bloor bike lane," says Gideon Forman of the David Suzuki Foundation. "And it's not just downtown. Even in North York, support for the Bloor lane is at 69 per cent."

The Bloor lane has received support from many groups, including local businesses, Olympic athletes and physicians. Doctors point to substantial research suggesting protected bike lanes reduce road injuries and enhance public safety.

A December 2016 paper in the American Journal of Public Health concluded that bike-network expansion is associated with a decrease in cyclists' crashes, fatalities and severe injuries.

Jared Kolb, Executive Director, Cycle Toronto 416-729-9023
Gideon Forman, Transportation Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation 647-703-5957