Dr. Dianne Saxe on Ontario’s Protected Land Shortfall

Event Date: 2018-11-15 07:00 pm

Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), a tough but fair watchdog over Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR).

Dr. Saxe will be talking about the commitment Canada has made to the Convention on Biological Diversity, a major international treaty to protect at least 10% of its marine and coastal areas and 17% of its land by 2020. In her Good Choices, Bad Choices, the 2017 Environmental Protection Report, Dr. Saxe points out that only 10.7% of Ontario is currently protected, yet the province does not have a plan to meet the 17% target.

A recent survey of 2,000 Canadians found that 80% of us are worried that accessible natural areas will not be there for future generations and that 87% of us feel happier, healthier and more productive when connected to nature. We also know that shared access to nature is becoming more difficult.

Dr. Saxe says that Ontario must undertake a frank assessment of the current status of the protected areas system, identify key opportunities for expansion, and make a clear public commitment to
achieving, and eventually exceeding, the conservation target.

Join us for the conversation with Dr. Dianne Saxe:
November 15, 2018 | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School Auditorium, Peterborough

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Open to the Public – No Cost for Admission.

This event is brought to you jointly by Kawartha Land Trust and Trent University.

Kawartha Land Trust is the only non-government charitable organization committed to protecting land in the Kawartha area.  The organization currently protects 14 properties covering more than 3,355 acres of land, six areas of natural and scientific interest, four provincially significant wetlands and 30 archaeological sites.

And so far this year the KLT has organized more than 25 special events designed to get people involved, provide learning opportunities and provide public access to these special areas in the Kawarthas.  More than 500 people have participated in these events so far this year.

Trent University has been named Ontario’s #1 undergrad university for the past eight years by MacLeans magazine and is consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction.

The other sessions in the speakers series will be announced early in 2019.

Dr. Dianne Saxe – Bio

Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), a tough but fair watchdog over Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR).

Prior to her appointment, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers. She has 40 years’ unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. Dianne’s career began with the Ontario Public Service and two major Bay Street law firms. She then established one of Canada’s top environmental law boutiques.

https://eco.on.ca/