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NDP propose tough rules for importing Asian carp

On Oct. 1, New Democratic MP Brian Masse from Windsor, Ontario introduced a private member’s bill calling for tougher action and better coordination across Canadian governments in the fight against Asian carp. The bill would make it illegal to import Asian carp — or “invasive carp,” as Masse calls it in his remarks — into … Continue reading

Ottawa completes $400,000 Asian carp science lab

A $400,000 ASIAN CARP science lab was opened by Public Works Minister Diane Finley Monday as part of $17.5 million committed by Ottawa to fight the spread of this aquatic invasive species. The new lab in Burlington, Ontario — which is housed in the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Canada Centre for Inland Waters — will allow … Continue reading

Rebuilding ‘science team’ at ELA a tough task

Getting the team back together at the Experimental Lakes Area may be tougher than saving the project itself. When Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on May 17, 2012 that funding for the Experimental Lakes Area would no longer be renewed by the federal government, scientists and environmentalists saw this for what it was—another salvo in Harper’s ever-expanding … Continue reading

Deal reached to save Experimental Lakes Area

After months of negotiation, Queen’s Park announced Tuesday morning a deal has been struck to transfer ownership of the Experimental Lakes Area living laboratory in northern Ontario to the International Institute for Sustainable Development. As part of the deal to keep the freshwater research facility alive, Ottawa—which abruptly cancelled its funding for ELA in early … Continue reading

Time running out on ELA interim agreement

Only three days remain to finalize the interim agreement to find a new operator for the Experimental Lakes Area laboratory in northern Ontario, but the province’s resource minister is “optimistic” things will work out. “We are optimistic that we’ll have some positive news very shortly,” said Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti Thursday. It’s possible all parties … Continue reading

Federal court knocks Ottawa for failing to protect endangered species — Ontario could be next

Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller is warning Queen’s Park could face sharp reprimands by the courts for its failure to uphold wildlife protections under the Endangered Species Act. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a federal court confirmed last week the Government of Canada does indeed have a responsibility to follow its own species at risk legislation. The decision, handed down by Madam Justice Anne … Continue reading

Understanding Asian Carp’s Threat

I’ve been following the recent growth in public interest about the threat posed by Asian carp to the Great Lakes, although interest in the issue remains largely confined to the Great Lake states, primarily Illinois. This is troubling for many reasons: namely, the issue is already national in scope in the United States, with continent-wide … Continue reading

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