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Should the strategy be broad and comprehensive, or focused on a few key priorities?

11 months ago
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Sustainability_Conspiricy 8 months ago
A big step must be made, yet it isn't even talked about... Our government continues to fail us by avoiding the number one problem in this world; Animal Agriculture. Deal with the biggest issue affecting everything on this planet, then small changes should be made, but these small changes won't build sustainability for the long run, United Nation reports are ignored but have outstanding information on the truth regarding rain forest destruction, world hunger, deforestation, ocean depletion, over consumption of water and Greenhouse gases (POLLUTION)... I could go on, but do some research and stop messing around, before it's to late to be serious about change. http://www.cowspiracy.com/infographic/
John Delbert Hamilton 10 months ago
Well, the draft 2016–2019 strategy is organized around five goals:1. Taking Action on Climate Change;2. Clean Technology, Jobs and Innovation;3. National Parks, Protected Areas and Ecosystems;4. Freshwater and Oceans;5. and Human Health, Well-being and Quality of Life.The 17 sustainable development goals are able to be appropriately placed within the five goals. There is overlap, vertical and horizontal interconnections.1. No Poverty2. Zero Hunger3. Good Health and Well Being4. Quality Education5. Gender Equality6. Clean Air and Sanitation7. Affordable and Clean Energy8. Decent Work and Economic Growth9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure10. Reduced Inequalities11. Sustainable Cities & Communities12. Responsible Consumption & Production13. Climate Action14. Life Below Water15. Life On Land16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions17. Partnerships for the GoalsThe final Federal Sustainable Development Strategy, FSDS, summary should be broad but focus on specific examples from each of the five goals. Five key priorities, one from each of the five goals.Real change requires action on five key priorities, one from each of the five goals to be off to a fast start, well underway by the fall of 2017 and near full implementation by 2018, with exemplary results in time for 2019, next federal election.Sense of national pride and community accomplishment.
Franklin Thomas 9 months ago
IT IS TIME FOR FOR CANADA TO BUILD A NEW WORLD EXPOSITION TOTALLY SUSTAINABLE CITY !!Transforming our Human Habitat into a livable, workable, and sustainable, Urban Ecology is the greatest challenge facing Mankind today; and the Inevitable Evolution and Destiny of the Global Science of Urban Man. It is time for Canada to demonstrate to the World its ingenuity and leadership as it enters into a New Age of Urban Ecological Sustainability!! We propose that the Government of Canada present an URBAN DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM as defined in the NATIONAL PLANS OF ACTION at the HABITAT II - Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements; and that it initiate a World Exposition and Demonstration Project, such as, for example, our BOREALIS CITY Program: http://www.astralstar.com/borealis_b.html BOREALIS will become a permanent World Centre dedicated to the Advancement of Humankind by first demonstrating a community/village in balance with Nature. Guided by the philosophy that totally sustainable and advanced technological development can occur with a near zero negative impact on our natural ecology. These technologies now exist around the Earth - they just need to be brought together in one place and integrated: http://www.astralstar.com/borealis_a.html IMAGINE the economic benefits such a project would bring to Canada! Considering that Tourism will be the largest Industry on Earth, think of the millions of people who would pilgrimage to view its workings, to license its many discoveries and Patents, and to enroll in its courses. We could invite nations to finance and build their own unique Community Clusters, drawing some of the finest minds in the world to Canada. Think of the sustainable jobs that it will create. Think of the Interest and Excitement! Think of its Advertising Potential! An ideal location would be west of Edmonton towards the Super Natural Banff/Jasper National Parks? Imagine the Future - a Future that we are all uniquely empowered to pioneer: http://www.astralstar.com/borealis/borealis_plan00.html BOREALIS could not be a "pill" for all our planet's ills; but instead, an example of what we are trying to eventually achieve. It will be a beacon light, showing the World humankind's future New Millennium. It will be an effort worthy of Canadians and the Human Race; and make us a world leader in the Science of Humankind. Pioneers in Urban-Ecological Sustainability: The Peace Environmental Research Centre Foundation: http://www.astralstar.com/peacefoundation.html
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Holaly 9 months ago
Yes I agree. In my opinion Canada has been a follower when it comes to city planning and infrastructure. The concentration has and still is majorly been on vehicle corridors and infill developments, along with standardized, excessive suburban expansions. It pains me to hear that people need to move out of desirable neighbourhoods (complete communities) because of gentrification. We need to come together and take the time to collaborate on how to execute relevant and sustainable communities. Sage Creek in Winnipeg is doing this well by supporting the native prairie landscape but I still feel like there is a large gap between people when it comes to day-to-day living. "Little houses on the hillside" is what I see when it comes down to it. This task is for the community based organizations, city planners, and anyone who could bring something to the table. Why cant a large group create a new community together, with support by developers and the city? Co-op communites are not a new thing. But what would be new is if it could take place on fresh soil. I totally support for the Borealis proposal as well. We need to be thinking radical and if we just follow along with other places than to me, in no time Winnipeg will look like Toronto on a map and the unique, holistic, possibly of making something more of the gaps between the perimeter and what is built will be lost."Quality over quantity" when it comes to planning and developing new neighbourhoods and cities creates jobs, slows things down in terms of mindless expansion, and diversifies the end product. If we have more of the public involved by using Community Development principles than there will be a more positive, sustainable end product.
Franklin Thomas 9 months ago
A NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR A 100% ORGANIC FARMING AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRYCanadian farmers release massive amounts of toxic agricultural chemicals into our biosphere. These poisonous chemicals migrate into our atmosphere and have seriously polluted our streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. They are deadly to fish, birds, beneficial insects and micro-organisms. Worst of all, they have contaminated our food supply, and have built up in our bodies. Exhaustive scientific research has proven that they cause a multitude of Illnesses. A good example is glyphosate – the main ingredient in agricultural herbicides. Glyphosate chemically resembles 1 of the 22 amino acids, glycine. Thus, the human body can be tricked into accepting glyphosate in place of glycine: Pretending to be the amino acid Glycine, [glyphosate] can cross the blood-brain barrier and start interfering in our brain chemistry. It can miss-fold proteins and cause them to behave unnaturally and perform unintended tasks with potential negative effects for us. It can and does get into our bone marrow and start producing T-cells and helper cells with this rogue chemical fitted in place of glycine. It can get into our DNA and RNA and be responsible for producing potentially dangerous transgenic mutants in our offspring that will show negative effects even a few generations down the line. And once it is into our body's biology, there is no effective way for our immune system, or for man, to get rid of it and replace it, molecule by molecule, with the original glycine. Glyphosate also affects blood production by affecting heme, an iron-containing compound that forms the non-protein part of hemoglobin. Furthermore, the positives of organic farming are too numerous to mention here: 1) Production per acre of crops is greater than chemical farming, 2) Organic foods generally taste better and are more nutritious than chemically farmed crops, 3) They reverse the soil depletion and loss caused by chemical farming which is a major problem globally, 4) Organic Farming is Totally Sustainable and Forever Perpetual. 5.) Some countries have already set national strategies to achieve 100 % organic farming. Be sure to Google: “global organic agriculture” The Peace Environmental Research Foundation: http://www.astralstar.com/peacefoundation.html
belindali 9 months ago
I would like to paint an ideal scenario where we can have both. I see a phased approach where we have a long-term strategy (i.e. more than 3 years) that is broad and comprehensive to ensure we aren't missing or ignoring important issues. Then do a shorter term strategy that focuses on key priorities (i.e. less than 3 years) that are actionable in that time frame. However, I think it is very important to not just do the focused strategy because everything is so inter-related that you need to hold and preserve the space to see the bigger picture. By acknowledging the broader long-term strategy, it gives space for other levels of government, business, or organizations to work on priorities that don't necessarily make it onto the federal government's short-term priorities, but are still very important. It just gives more options, for example with communities that have a particular local challenge that fits within the SDGs, but isn't on the key priorities list.
dnuttall 10 months ago
Sustainability is, by definition, the broadest possible topic that we can discuss. If we want to be able to tell our grand children that we did everything we could to ensure that they weren't shivering in the dark, then we have to have a strategy that is bold, broad, comprehensive, and meaningful. Knowing that the Ship of State has a lot of momentum, changing course significantly will be difficult at best. But we have been grinding on the Iceberg for quite some time, and sooner is better than later when changing course to come off the ice. We're close enough to being Sustainable in Canada that there will be a small political price to pay for the transition. While we may take on water, we won't sink.