The Munk School of Global Affairs Program on Water Issues sponsored a Briefing by Scott Vaughan, Federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Office of the Auditor General of Canada and Neil Maxwell, his successor, and Jean Cinq-Mars, the Quebec Sustainable Development Commissioner. Gordon Miller, the Ontario Commissioner of the Environment, also attended and gave the Ontario perspective on issues presented by his colleagues.
The briefing session was attended by representatives of industry, consultants, environmental organizations, environmental lawyers and members of the media. I attended as a representative of For Our Grandchildren (4RG).
The remarks of Messrs. Vaughan and Maxwell focused on five current issues: Offshore oil and gas production (the independent examination by the Commissioner’s office was the first in 20 years); Financial Guarantees supporting the restoration of contaminated mine sites no longer in operation; the risks of “Fracking”; Fossil fuels subsidies; and Marine Protected areas.