The Liber Ero Letter on Environmental Assessment in Canada: a call to strengthen science in decision making.

The following letter was submitted on October 27th, 2016 to the Honourable Catherine McKenna  (Minister of Environment and Climate Change),the Honourable Dr. Kirsty Duncan (Minister of Science), the Expert Panel on Review of Environmental Assessment Processes, and all members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development. This letter was uploaded to the Environmental Assessment Review website on 13-Dec-2016. An oral presentation of this letter by Dr. Aerin Jacob is schedule TODAY…

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Putting people at the centre of conservation

Story by Michelle Ma originally posted at: UW News   Fishing boats on the beach in front of a marine protected area. Photo: Nathan Bennett   People must be part of the equation in conservation projects. This will increase local support and the effectiveness of conservation. That’s the main conclusion of a study published online Nov. 29 in the journal Biological Conservation. In it, an international group of scientists led by Liber Ero Fellow Dr. Nathan Bennett…

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Making Real Progress on Marine Protected Areas in Canada

Last week the Liber Ero Fellows were in Canada’s capital. While in Ottawa, a group of Liber Ero Fellows including Dr. Aerin Jacob, Dr. Kim Davies and Dr. Nathan Bennett made presentations to the All-Party Ocean Caucus on their research. Nathan Bennett (2015 Liber Ero Fellow, University of British Columbia) presented a policy brief titled “Making Real Progress on Marine Protected Areas in Canada“. The brief can be found here and the text of the policy brief follows below.…

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In Response to Ontario’s Proposed Pollinator Action Plan

By Sheila R. Colla, Liber Ero Fellow Photo: S. Colla It’s an exciting and scary time to be a conservation biologist specializing in pollinators living in Ontario. The province is accepting comments on their pollinator action plan until March 7th. When this was proposed early on, I was optimistic. However, due to the misinterpretation (or disregard) of science and the intense lobbying of industry, there is potential that this plan can do more harm to…

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Reflections on Galiano 2015 Liber Ero retreat

  By Sheila Colla This past week, the Liber Ero fellows attended a week-long retreat on Galiano Island, British Columbia. We have two retreats a year and it is always such a pleasure to get together to talk about our research, flesh out collaborations, and socialize. Each retreat also has a training component. Past themes have included Leadership, Science Communication, and Working with Policymakers. This week, we were honoured to have the prominent environmental lawyer…

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Red Tide: Six things that #elxn42 means for conservation scientists in Canada

It’s always the case that posts on this blog solely represent the opinions of the author. In this case, I feel it’s especially important to remind the reader that my views here are my views alone and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Liber Ero fellowship or my employer – BF In case you hadn’t heard, things just changed in Canada. Years of Conservative rule have been brought to a close by a surprise sweep…

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Red Tide: Six things that #elxn42 means for conservation scientists in Canada

It’s always the case that posts on this blog solely represent the opinions of the author. In this case, I feel it’s especially important to remind the reader that my views here are my views alone and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the Liber Ero fellowship or my employer – BF In case you hadn’t heard, things just changed in Canada. Years of Conservative rule have been brought to a close with a surprise…

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The wild green creatures of the forest

by Jenny McCune “What’s so special about this plant you’re looking for anyway… can you smoke it?” I was asked this question by a farmer with a bit of a twinkle in his eye. I had stopped at his farm to ask whether we could do a plant survey in his woodlot – I’m searching southern Ontario’s privately-owned woodlands for some of Canada’s rarest plants. Many landowners I meet want to know what’s so special…

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