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Working Together for Ontario’s Wetlands
Canada contains about one-quarter of wetlands globally, and one-quarter of Canada's wetlands are found in Ontario. Therefore, our province has a critical role in wetland conservation at a local, national and global scale. Despite this, Ontario continues to experience ongoing wetland losses. Join Sarah Hasenack, Ontario Nature’s Wetland Conservation Intern, as she hosts a webinar about these critical ecosystems and what can be done to protect them.

During this webinar, Dr. Anne Bell, Ontario Nature’s Director of Conservation and Education, will highlight key wetland values and the major threats Ontario’s wetlands face today. The practice of wetland offsetting will be introduced, with a discussion of how it may accelerate wetland loss if it’s not approached with extreme caution. She will also address the dire implications of recently proposed Bill 23 for Ontario’s wetlands.

This session will include a discussion of the role each of us can play in protecting Ontario’s remaining wetland ecosystems, including a presentation from guest speaker Jeremy Milloy who brings a story of a community taking action to stop a development proposal threatening a provincially significant wetland in Kingston. Ontario Nature’s Giving Tuesday 2022 initiative, which focuses on supporting the wetlands campaign, will also be featured.

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Sarah Hasenack
Wetland Conservation Intern @Ontario Nature
Sarah joined Ontario Nature as the Wetland Conservation Intern in May 2022, shortly after completing her M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences. Passionate about protecting all things nature, she has thoroughly enjoyed her work supporting wetland protection with the Ontario Nature team and so many inspiring partners. In her free time, Sarah can be found wandering local parks and trails looking for birds or creating nature-inspired watercolour paintings.
Anne Bell
Director of Conservation and Education @Ontario Nature
Anne has been directing Ontario Nature’s conservation and education programs since 2007. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies and has over 30 years of experience working as an environmental educator, researcher and advocate. She was a member of the government-appointed Wetland Conservation Strategy Advisory Panel and is a co-author of Navigating the Swamp: Lessons on wetland offsetting for Ontario.
Jeremy Milloy
Lead, Integrity of Creation and Climate Change @Providence Centre
Jeremy is Lead, Integrity of Creation and Climate Change, with the Providence Centre in Kingston. In this role, he organizes, advocates, and educates to advance climate justice at the local, provincial, and national levels. He organizes with, among others, River First YGK, Ontario Clean Air Alliance, Just Recovery Kingston, the Council of Canadians, 350, the Low Income Energy Network, Kingston Youth Climate Action, and Mutual Aid Katarowki Kingston.