Citizen science can help prepare for future flooding in Rainy-Lake of the Woods

Read the full story from the International Joint Commission.

Fort Frances, Ontario, and International Falls, Minnesota, were the sites of listening sessions in August by the International Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board.

The focus was on major flooding in the spring of 2022 that affected the region for months.

The board’s Water Levels Committee presented a video on the flood event and community members shared views and concerns to help inform a post-flood report being prepared for the board. Meteorologists at the meeting said basin residents can participate by getting involved in snowpack measuring as citizen scientists.

Change in Ontario planning regulations could kill millions of birds along the Atlantic Flyway

Read the full story from Treehugger.

The government of Ontario, Canada introduced Bill 23 (“More Homes Built Faster Act”) to remove restrictions that they claim are driving up the cost of housing and slowing construction. There are many parts of the act that are causing shock and horror among environmentalists and urbanists in Ontario, but there are some that have a much wider reach than just the province.

One of the major features of the act is to remove the authority of municipalities to develop their own green standards that differ from the provincial standards. When questioned, the office of the Housing Ministry told The Star that “if municipalities create their own standards, this patchwork of energy efficiency and other requirements reduces consistency and erodes affordability.”

One of those municipal standards that are threatened is Toronto’s Bird Friendly Guidelines. Toronto and the land around it are smack in the middle of the Atlantic Flyway, a major migration route running from the Arctic to South America, with many of them flying over New York City.

Canada to ban making, importing many single-use plastics from Dec

Read the full story at Reuters.

The government of Canada on Monday published final regulations to prohibit “harmful” single-use plastics, with a ban on manufacturing and importing most of these items to come into effect in December.

The ban will be on single-use plastics including checkout bags, cutlery, food-service ware made from or containing plastic that is hard to recycle, ring carriers, stir sticks and straws, the Canadian government said in a statement.

Plovers quarrel: A tiny, endangered bird returns to Sauble Beach to find sunbathers dug into the sand

Read the full story at The Narwhal.

Fined $100,000 for destroying piping plover habitat, the Town of South Bruce Peninsula is in court arguing over just what an Ontario beach should be.

Clean technology in manufacturing

Read the full story at PLANT.

Recently, PLANT held a roundtable looking at the adoption of clean technology in the manufacturing space, focusing on how manufacturers can be more sustainable and reduce their carbon footprint. This included a look at using renewable energy, how plants are becoming carbon neutral, and what companies are doing to help. PLANT also dived into the electric vehicle sector and how it is affecting the clean technology space in Canada.

The frontline of conservation: how Indigenous guardians are reinforcing sovereignty and science on their lands

Read the full story at The Narwhal.

From catching poachers to documenting species to saving lives, guardians all along the B.C. coast are bringing back traditional practices of territorial safeguarding — and filling major knowledge and conservation gaps while they’re at it

Diageo to build $245 million carbon neutral distillery in Canada

Read the full story at ESG Today.

Global spirits and beer company Diageo announced today plans to build a CAD$245 million carbon neutral distillery in Canada for its Crown Royal Canadian Whisky brand. Located in St. Clair Township, Ontario, the facility will operate with 100% renewable energy and will have the capacity to produce up to 20 million litres of absolute alcohol (LAA) annually.

Government supports efforts to reduce food waste and enhance sustainability

Read the full story from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced up to $1,545,000 in funding for Outcast Foods Inc. to expand their operations in food waste reduction that upcycles surplus and unsaleable fruits and vegetables from growers, processors and retailers into dried, plant-based powders and solid food ingredients.

Doctors in Canada can now prescribe national park passes to patients

Read the full story in the Washington Post.

A trip to the doctor can yield any number of recommendations, including bed rest and medicine. But as of late January, Canadian patients can be sent home with a more novel note: a prescription for a national parks pass.

P.E.I. farmers test out ways to reduce greenhouse gases and store carbon

Read the full story from the CBC.

Mark and Sally Bernard of Barnyard Organics in Freetown, P.E.I., are part of the new P.E.I. Agriculture Climate Solutions Program, funded by the provincial and federal governments.