Media Advisory - Boreal Forest at a Crossroads: Panel Event at the University of Toronto

    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
                 Science Panel.

              -  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

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