Ottawa to step up monitoring of threatened species habitat on provincial land

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – Environmentalists are declaring victory over the federal government agreeing to increase oversight of habitat for threatened species on provincial land.The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says it is withdrawing legal action against Ottawa after federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna made the promise.Last week, McKenna released a report suggesting the provinces weren’t doing enough to protect caribou habitat.- Advertisement -Her officials also found some caribou populations are facing an imminent threat of disappearing, which is the last step before the federal cabinet can step in and order conservation.McKenna has promised a report on provincial protections for 150 other species where critical habitat has been identified.That report is due in June 2019.Advertisement (THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Exam question on climate change draws anger memes from Quebec students

first_imgMONTREAL — Quebec high school students are criticizing a question on a government-administered French exam that asked them if society can adapt to the effects of climate change.Seventeen-year-old group founder Francis Claude says the way the question was phrased suggests the government has accepted climate change, when what young people want is concrete action to fight it.A Facebook group dedicated to last week’s Grade 11 ministry exam has since grown to almost 37,000 members, with many of them using memes and photos to denounce what they see as government inaction on environmental issues.Education Minister Jean-Francois Roberge reacted on Twitter last week, saying it would have been better had the exam asked students how to fight climate change, rather than how to adapt to it.He also told the legislature that it’s a positive sign to see so many young people ready to mobilize around such an important issue.The controversy comes as tens of thousands of students across Quebec and Canada have been staging demonstrations and school strikes in recent months as part of a global youth-led movement to demand action on environmental issues. The Canadian Presslast_img read more