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Anna Baggio

Director Conservation Planning, CPAWS Wildlands League

Anna completed an undergraduate degree in Biology from McMaster University and a graduate degree from York University. Her passion for conservation was sparked at a national park in Georgian Bay where she studied spotted turtles and reptiles. For her Master's research, she worked with communities outside two small protected areas in Southern Costa Rica, examining land use and ecologically sustainable practices in agriculture.
Anna works with First Nations, governments, citizens, media, industry and communities to advance boreal forest protection. Anna played in a lead role in the development of a groundbreaking 3 million ha action plan in NE Ontario (announced in June 2012) with forest companies that protects caribou habitat and increases wood supply. She has participated in the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources’ Far North Advisory Counciland currently sits on the Minister of Northern Development and Mine’s Mining Act Advisory Committee. She is currently the Director of Conservation Planning for CPAWS Wildlands League. You can follow her on twitter @annabwild.
Bernie McLeod of Moose Cree First Nation.

It's Time For Ontario To Protect The North French River

Moose Cree has spent years using their laws to keep the river safe from resource development. But Ontario has yet to reciprocate and still keeps the watershed open for industrial activities such as mining under provincial laws. This is a recipe for conflict. Moose Cree's efforts to safeguard this river date back to 2002 when the community informed then MNR Minister Jerry Ouellette of the need for permanent protection. The minister rejected that request. The community persevered. Over the next 14 years they would face down mining and forestry companies.
02/09/2016 08:21 EST
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Ontario Has Given Up on Endangered Species

This is the only reasonable conclusion I can come up with after listening to Ontario's lawyers in court late last week defend a regulation that exempts almost all industrial activities from the core protections of the Endangered Species Act.
01/23/2015 01:20 EST
Sunny Freeman

Digging into the Ring of Fire

Cliffs will suspend indefinitely its Chromite Project in northern Ontario. It's time for all of us to take a deep breath and turn our attention to designing a thoughtful regional strategic environmental assessment so that the ecosystems in this area can be maintained, First Nations respected and industry can finally get the certainty it seeks.
12/03/2013 05:41 EST
Sunny Freeman

Getting it Right in the Ring of Fire

You've likely heard about the Ring of Fire boom in Ontario's Far North. What seemed a race to extract chromite, nickel and other minerals from beneath the pristine boreal forest and tundra appears to have slowed to a stroll. The slowdown creates an opportunity in the effort to protect the environment and the rights of First Nations.
09/30/2013 10:19 EDT