Rio Earth Summit
Ontario's endangered wildlife dodged a bullet when the provincial government reversed its decision to gut the province's world-class Endangered Species Act. With their vote of confidence, politicians in Ontario helped sustain one of the few outcomes of an important global environmental agreement in June at Rio+20.
In the coming days, the world's leaders will gather in Rio de Janeiro to seek renewed commitment to the principles of sustainable development. The Rio+20 hasn't received a lot of Canadian attention, and for good reason: A federal budget bill which contains over 100 pages dedicated to weakening environmental legislation and oversight has just been passed by parliament.