Sustainable Development: Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations. It is about improving standard of living by protecting human health, conserving the environment, using resources efficiently and advancing long-term economic competitiveness. It requires the integration of environmental, economic and social priorities into policies and programs and requires action at all levels - citizens, industry, and governments.
Environment Canada released the first Progress Report on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) on June 16, 2011. This first Progress Report describes actions taken to implement the requirements under the Federal Sustainable Development Act since the tabling of the FSDSin October 2010. It focuses on progress made on setting up the systems needed to implement the FSDS and lays the foundation for future reporting by outlining how results will be measured and shared using the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators. Like the FSDS itself, progress reports are part of a long-term 'plan, do, check, and improve' management approach geared to making environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable over time.
The FSDS was tabled on October 6th, 2010. For the first time, Canadians will see, all in one place, the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability priorities and our progress in achieving them. The FSDS presents a detailed description of federal government activities to achieve environmental sustainability. The Strategy also commits to strengthening the guidelines for strategic environmental assessments by federal departments which help integrate environmental considerations related to economic and social decision-making. The Office of Greening Government Operations provides a series of guidelines to help departments and agencies implement and report progress on the Greening Government Operations targets for Theme IV of the Strategy.
The FSDS is mandated by the Federal Sustainable Development Act (the Act), which received Royal Assent on June 26, 2008. The Act responds to a number of international commitments Canada has made to produce such a strategy, including at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992 and at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The purpose of the Act is "to provide the legal framework for developing and implementing a Federal Sustainable Development Strategy that will make environmental decision-making more transparent and accountable to Parliament".
Public consultations were undertaken by the Sustainable Development Office at Environment Canada from March 15, 2010 to July 12, 2010. Find information here regarding the Public Consultation on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (PDF; 29 KB).
I'll bet those 'public consultations' were Delphi meetings where the public was invited to 'give their opinion' on FSDS. Yep, Canadians are caught in the same miserable trap as everyone else. But Canadians are fighting back. Stop UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development in Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, Montreal, Toronto, in all of the provinces. KICK ICLEI OUT OF CANADA.
From ICLEI INTERNATIONAL website: ICLEI's growing membership is comprised of over 1300 cities, towns, counties and their associations, there are currently 114 Members in Canada:
- Annapolis Royal
- Bowen Island
- City of Vaughan
- Cold Lake
- Dawson Creek
- Fort Saskatchewan
- Fort St. John
- Grande Prairie
- Halifax Region
- Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia
- La Tuque, Quebec
- Lake Country
- Maple Ridge
- Medicine Hat
- Montreal, Quebec
- New Glasgow
- Niagra Falls
- North Vancouver (City)
- North Vancouver (District)
- Port Moody
- Prince George
- Quebec City
- Red Deer, Alberta
- Richmond Hill
- Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
- Senneterre, Quebec
- Spruce Grove
- St. Albert
- St. John's
- Stony Plain
- Strait Highlands
- The Corporation of the District of Peachland
- Thunder Bay
- Town of Stratford, Prince Edward Island
- West Vancouver (District)
- Windsor, Ontario
- Wood Buffalo, Alberta
- York Region
- Columbia Institute, British Columbia
- Sustainable Cities International, British Columbia
- Marlaina J. Elliott, British Columbia
Our funders include national and subnational governments, international organizations, foundations and associations, and municipal governments including:
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) - ICLEI is partnered with FCM to deliver the Partners for Climate Protection Campaign. FCM leads the fund raising activities under this partnership.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) - ICLEI has worked in collaboration with NRCan on a variety of projects.
Canadian Municipalities - ICLEI Canada has worked under contract with many local governments from across Canada, large or small and urban or rural:
- Halifax, NS
- Hamilton, ON
- Saskatoon, SK
- Greater Sudbury, ON
- Prince George, BC
- Markham, ON
- Toronto, ON (and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund)
- St. John's, NL
- Halton Region, ON
- Essex, ON
- Edmonton, AB
- Calgary, AB
- Delta, BC
Associations of Local Governments - ICLEI Canada also work with local government associations, such as:
- Greater Toronto Area Clean Air Council
- Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
- Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Environment Canada - ICLEI has worked in collaboration with the federal government on a variety of projects.