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Planning Environmental Impact Assessment: A Case Study from Ontario’s Far North

Submitted By: Cheryl Chetkiewicz December 23, 2016

The mandate and establishment of the Expert Panel provides an important opportunity to assess the legislation, regulations, and processes around information gathering and decision-making within the current federal EA regime. As an Associate Conservation Scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, my comments and recommendations focus on the theme of Planning Environmental Assessment. I provide comments on the scope, triggers, and factors that need to be considered in the next generation of federal EA. I also provide examples and support for these recommendations based on experience with federal and provincial environmental assessment and cumulative effects research on wildlife in Ontario’s Far North, one of the most intact regions in the world.

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