TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - Overharvesting, other industrial activities,
and a lack of proper monitoring have stressed the Boreal forest to its limits.
Woodland caribou are threatened, significant intact forests are being lost,
and communities are suffering. The Premier has committed to protect more than
half of Ontario's Far North and to move forward on sustainable development;
legislation to implement this will be introduced this spring.
Will the Premier's vision solve this crisis? How will it ensure
Aboriginal people play a key role in decision-making? How will Ontario protect
its globally significant carbon storehouse? This Wednesday, a compelling and
diverse group of experts will come together to catalyze a public debate on
this globally important forest.
WHAT: Expert panel on the Boreal Forest
Moderator: Gord Miller, Ontario Environment Commissioner
- Herb Hammond, forest ecologist, the founder of the Silva
Forest Foundation and award-winning author.
- James Schaefer, Professor of Biology at Trent University in
Peterborough and a member of the International Boreal
Conservation Science Panel.
- Jeremy Kerr, Professor of Biology at the University of
Ottawa and a member of the International Boreal Conservation
- Deborah McGregor, Anishnabe from Wiigwaskingaa (Whitefish
River First Nation) and Assistant Professor in Geography and
Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto.
- Sean C. Thomas, Researcher, University of Toronto and Senior
Canada Research Chair in Forests and Environmental Change.
WHERE: George Ignatieff Theatre, Trinity College
15 Devonshire Place, NW Corner of Larkin Building, ground
WHEN: Wednesday, April 29 7:00pm
The audience will be scientists, government officials, environmental
groups, and others.
For further information:
For further information: Lee-Ann Unger, (604) 607-5421 or