Road Ecology Symposium, Nov 27-28, 2014

The Ontario Road Ecology Group's symposium on "A National Agenda for Canada" gathered close to 120 people from across Canada and from a range of backgrounds at the Canadian Museum of Nature.  Convener Dave Ireland (managing director of the Centre for Biodiversity at the ROM) noted how what eventually led to OREG started ten years ago with conversations at the Toronto Zoo: Road-killed rattlesnakes at Georgian Bay!  The Group officially formed in 2009.  On the spot, Dave launched a 5m53s video on YouTube, "Highway to Help":

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Valuing ecosystem services for urban planning

A 2012 article in Ecological Economics (vol 86 [2013] 235-245) provides an overview of ecological services to urban areas and how they can be valued for better decision making. There is a very long list of References.

Key inspirations for the conceptual framework are the 2005 Millenium Ecosystem Assessment and the 2010 TEEB report on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity.

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Kanata North: Community demands that cut forest be fully restored

                                                                                     PDF version of this media release

                       Community demands that cut forest be fully restored

Ottawa, July 2, 2014

For immediate release

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2013-2014 Annual Report

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                                                    Annual Report

                                             May 2013 - April 2014

Old Richmond Road through Stony Swamp

Please find below elements of the Environmental Study Report for the Hope Side Road/Old Richmond Road (Terry Fox Drive to Highway 416) Class Environmental Assessment:

+ the main report (5.8 MB, 90 pp.)

+ Appendix F - Landscape Assessment and Evaluation report ("Context Sensitive Design and Landscape Report") - 4.2 MB, 16 pp.

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The next step: Ministry review of "OPA 150" -- further UPDATED

On Christmas Eve, reportedly literally wrapped as a Christmas present, the City delivered to the Ministry of Affairs and Housing what Council had approved on November 26 and confirmed in a by-law on December 11, 2013 - henceforth to be known as OPA 150.  The Ministry now has 180 days to give Notice of any "Ministerial Modifications" it sees fit.  It is quite likely that it will take only about half that time.  A Notice was also posted on the

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