EA's SCOPING PROBLEM

Jamie Simpson jamessim at uoguelph.ca
Tue Mar 18 01:10:10 EST 1997


Here in Ontario, Canada, there was legislation passed by the previous
government which gave the appropriate ministry the mandate of providing
answers to questions related to long term sustainability, ecosystem
health, biodiversity, etc.  This resulted from numerous meetings,
hearings and discussions with all interested members of the community. 
It must be noted that this government was relatively socialist (by North
American standards).  This government has since been replaced by a
conservative legislature (conservative by anyones standards) which has
repealed the legislation related to the Environmental Assessment.  The
bill which recently passed gives the responsibility of EA to the
Forestry Industry.  At least in this situation, the biggest problem with
EA's is the political agenda of the prevailing legislative body and the
interests of Industry.

I don't wish to suggest that industry is inherently evil, but with the
mobility of capital, capital intensive industries must show short term
growth to attract investors.  This is often at odds with environmental
concerns.



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