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Environment committee  They have a number of positive impacts. We recently did some work, for example, on the ecosystem value of these places, and that could include things from flood mitigation to species protection, climate heat reduction and carbon storage in forests. Our preliminary numbers are a

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  We don't currently have any funding programs to support those. We're certainly an agency that is always open to sharing our knowledge and our best practices and such, but we don't currently operate a funding program to support parks like that.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Are you referring to something like the cannery?

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Every park known to have a fire risk will have a fire-risk management plan and everything for that. We currently invest about $7 million a year to prevent, mitigate and respond to fire management, and another $1.5 million a year in the use of fire on the land for ecological integ

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Again, it's going to depend by species, but certainly some of the invasive species or just hyperabundant native species are causing problems. We do manage for ecological integrity, and certainly with native species it's not necessarily our goal to eradicate them. Within our polic

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  It depends. As with terrestrial parks—and Andrew mentioned the management plan—part of the management planning process is to identify zones. We operate with different zones. We have the ability to protect really sensitive areas with special preservation zones and so focus use in

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Parks Canada contributes to both the marine and the terrestrial targets. DFO is the lead federal agency to report those numbers. Environment and Climate Change Canada is the lead federal department to report the terrestrial. Parks Canada is feeding both of those with our system

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Right now, the establishment processes can be long. The government's invested quite a bit of money into protected areas. I think we're doing really well right now to explore a number of options.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  I'm not going to comment on that, thanks.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  I think you're referring to the pilot project. That's being led by Environment and Climate Change Canada. To Michael's point, Parks Canada has had a number of guardian programs operating for upwards of 20 years in certain parks. It's a model that we know works really well to rec

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  That's the call to action we're specifically responsible for, but a number of the initiatives and the way in which the agency works with indigenous communities are supporting a number of the principles in the calls to action.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  We have legislative protection. In particular, in that place we have that piece of legislation that helps define our role, and then as a federal department we work with the impact assessment agencies, so any projects that move forward would be going through environmental assessme

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  It would depend on the legislation, on what that particular impact might be and our ability to demonstrate actual impacts. It's going to depend.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  For both the terrestrial and the marine environment, Parks Canada has a systems plan whereby we've divided the country. For marine conservation, we have 29 natural regions. The mandate of the agency is to have a representative placed in each of those regions. The first thing we

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  The southern Strait of Georgia has been a bit of a long-standing project, and some of these are like that. We're currently in conversations with many of the first nations communities. One of the challenges and opportunities on the southern Strait Of Georgia is there is 19 indigen

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton