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Lecture 5

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Department
Geography
Course
GEOG 2EI3
Professor
Maureen Padden
Semester
Winter

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January 13 2012Earths Life Support SystemEnvironmental commissionersFederal Scott Vaughn o Appointed by the governmento Performs watchdog roleFigures out where money is coming from flowing to and intoFigures out how the govt is performing within environment Whether the govt is making sustainable choices or noto If not goes to the House of Commons and addresses this concern that the govt is not making sustainable choicesProvincial Gord Millerplays a watchdog role as well but at the provincial level o Determines how the provincial govt performs in terms of sustainability and whether they make sustainable choicesFederal commissionerPart of the Auditor Generals office Administers environmental petitions o Example citizen petitioned against how many federal offices keep their lights always onThey plead your case Audits federal govts performance on environmental issuesReports available onlineFederal commissioner reportsConclusion they drew from their study was that the govt has trouble and is struggling to enforce environmental protection regulationso Difficult enforcing their own regulations o Difficult to monitor their own regulationsThey believe they dont have enough informationReports on oil sands a lot of data missing o During environmental assessments need to make predictions about what will happen with this project and what will happen to the area without this projectArgued that a lot of data was missing for oil sand predictions Ontario environmental commissionerAdministers Environmental Registry Monitors govt compliance with environmental bill of rightso What is guaranteed in the bill of rightsRight to clean waterRight to clean airRight to a cleanhealthy environment Whistleblower protection
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