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Canada and Ontario continue to improve the Great Lakes
Date: Sunday, March 18 2007
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Canada and Ontario continue to improve the Great Lakes

TORONTO, March 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Governments of Canada and Ontario
are building on the accomplishments of the current Canada-Ontario Agreement
Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem (COA) to continue to improve and
protect the Great Lakes, their waters and their ecosystem.

To demonstrate this commitment to continued cooperation, Federal
Environment Minister John Baird and Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten
today released a draft COA for 2007-2010 for public comment that commits the
two governments to continue to work together in the Great Lakes Basin.

Specifically, the new agreement will clean up Areas of Concern, eliminate
or significantly reduce harmful pollutants and protect and restore the basin's
biodiversity. In addition, two new areas of special focus that will benefit
from enhanced cooperative work in the Great Lakes Basin are understanding
climate change impacts, and protecting the Great Lakes as a source of drinking
water.

"Continuing the cooperative work under the Canada-Ontario Agreement
reflects our commitment to pursue practical, results-oriented solutions to
reduce pollution and improve the health and well-being of Canadians," said
Minister Baird. "The quality of our water is essential to the economy and the
health of our aquatic ecosystems."

"The Great Lakes are a precious and vital resource for millions of people
in Ontario and one of the most biologically diverse regions in Canada," said
Minister Broten. "This agreement will allow us to continue to deal with the
issues facing the Great Lakes, including protecting the aquatic ecosystems and
to help us deal with challenges ranging from threats to our drinking water to
the impacts of climate change."

The COA will enhance awareness and stewardship of the Great Lakes by
promoting greater involvement of COA partners and stakeholders in implementing
the agreement and promoting the sustainability of Great Lakes communities. The
coordination of monitoring, research and information-sharing will also be
improved.

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