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On September 28th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada’s commitment to protect 25 percent of our lands and waters by 2025, and 30 percent by 2030. Here’s why these new targets matter and a look at progress to date:
Marked on the map above are natural areas in Ontario that call out for protection. Click each point on the map to learn more about these special places. View the full size interactive map.
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Authors: Jackie Ho and Adrie Hung
Jackie is Ontario Nature’s Protected Places Assistant. Jackie started with Ontario Nature in 2012 as a member of the Youth Council and rejoined in 2020 in her current role. She graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in integrative biology from Harvard College, where she divided her time between tree-ring research and recruiting students into conservation work. She has worked on numerous conservation initiatives, from teaching in Uganda to mangrove restoration in Suriname, and has volunteered with the Toronto Zoo and Toronto Wildlife Centre. Growing up in Toronto, Jackie’s love for nature grew from frequent visits to the zoo and family road trips around Southern Ontario. Her hobbies include skating, baking, exploring trails, and spending too much time on public transit.
Adrie is Ontario Nature’s Protected Places Intern and Administrative Assistant. Adrie grew up in Toronto, but spent summers at camp learning about and growing a passion for nature. She shared this passion by volunteering and working at the camp for four summers. This passion drove her to complete a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Carleton University and is currently doing a Master’s of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto. In her off time, she enjoys snowboarding, camping and finding great new music.
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There’s no question that Algonquin Park should henceforth be protected from more logging, if it isn’t too late. I am pleased to see sites in Northwestern Ontario on your map; I have already described for you my experience 75 years ago on the Black Bay peninsula with my father. However there’s a vast area closer to Hudson Bay that calls out for protection, perhaps under indigenous care.