07/14/2008 - Ontario will prohibit mining and forestry across a swath of northern boreal forest larger than the Maritime provinces, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced yesterday as part of a larger plan that will also include changes to the antiquated Mining Act.
Under a framework to be developed, McGuinty said 225,000 square kilometres - roughly half of Ontario's boreal forest - will be protected and designated strictly for tourism and traditional aboriginal use.
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Steve Kallick, director of the International Boreal Conservation Campaign of the Pew Environment Group, heralded the province's announcement as "one of the most significant conservation commitments on Earth."
"This sets the new standard for Canada," Kallick said. "Premier McGuinty's landmark commitment brilliantly answers the call of over 1,500 of the world's top scientists."
Read the full article Ontario Moves to Protect Boreal Forest on the Montreal Gazette's Web site.