Support Regional Planning in the Ring of Fire

The "Ring of Fire" is located in the heart of Ontario's intact boreal ecosystem. It offers hope for big fortunes from mining but at what cost?

Ontario’s intact boreal region is home to at-risk boreal woodland caribou, wolverine, the free-flowing rivers and their many tributaries, and wetlands storing huge amounts of carbon, helping to moderate the pace of a warming climate. More than 24 Aboriginal communities live here and have inherent rights to the land.

In late June, 2015 CPAWS Wildlands League released new photographic evidence of the damaging effects of mining exploration activities within the Ring of Fire even before any mines are built.

“I don’t think people fully grasp how much activity has happened just at the exploration stage and what is being done to the land here,” says Anna Baggio of Wildlands League. “If all the claims were to be developed at a similar level of intensity, it would modify the landscape.”

CPAWS is calling for a regional environmental assessment for the region encompassed by the Ring of Fire that will provide a blueprint to plan for all the activities that may come to pass within the next decade in this part of Northern Ontario.

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End Logging in Algonquin

Stand up for Algonquin Park! Did you know there are more logging roads in Algonquin than in Metro Toronto? Up to 70% of Ontario's iconic park is fragmented due to logging, where it is still permitted. It’s time Ontario respected the latest science and recognized that logging and protected areas don't mix. Even the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario has called for an end to logging in this park and to begin restoration of damaged ecosystems.

Please speak up for a healthier future for the Algonquin by contacting Kathyrn McGarry, the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, to urge her to phase out logging in Algonquin. Send your email now.

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Help protect endangered species in Ontario

Instead of protecting habitats for threatened species such as Woodland Caribou, Acadian Flycatcher, Blanding’s Turtle and the harmless Eastern Hog-nosed Snake, Ontario is exempting many major industries from the strict standards set in its Endangered Species Act. These new rules will jeopardize the recovery of more than 150 species at risk in Ontario.

We can’t let this happen.

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