Ontario bans use of pro athletes to advertise, market online sports betting

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) announced Tuesday that the province will ban the use of athletes in advertising for online gambling, while also strengthening standards to restrict the use of celebrities who the government says might appeal to minors.  New restrictions will come into effect Feb. 28, 2024.

Advocates and academics have raised concerns about the inundation of sports betting advertising seen in the province since Ontario opened up to independent online gambling sites last year and decried the impact those advertisements could have on the health of young people.

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Linked below: MSIFN's open letter to our Canadian athletes voicing our concerns with the impacts of athletes and celeberties in gambeling advertisments. (sent May 2023)

Greenbelt report finds lack of consultation with Indigenous leaders

“The Ford government’s violation of its Duty to Consult is no news to First Nations across the province – and it’s setting back the clock on

The decision-making process behind the decision to destroy the environment for generations to come also violated Section 35 of the Constitution Act.

Ontario to establish working group to deal with Greenbelt probe fallout: memo

Liam Casey · The Canadian Press · Posted: Aug 14, 2023

Ontario Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk speaks to the media during a news conference last Wednesday.
(Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press)

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has admitted the Greenbelt land selection process was flawed and pledged to do better going forward. A memo from his chief of staff issued Monday comes as the province works to implement 14 of 15  recommendations from Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk. 

The province says it is creating a working group to implement recommendations made in a damning auditor general's report on the government's decision to remove land from the protected Greenbelt.

The memo comes as the province works to implement 14 of 15 recommendations from Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, although Ford has said the government will not review its decision to open up part of the Greenbelt to housing development. Lysyk found that the process of opening up the Greenbelt was biased toward certain prominent developers that also disregarded or ignored possible environmental,
agricultural and financial risks and impacts.

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How indigenous conservation protects Canada's environment

By Kira Walker 9th August 2023

In Canada, centering conservation with the country's indigenous peoples is allowing its original stewards to reconnect to
their land and culture – and proving remarkably effective.

There is a flourishing movement of 1,000 "Indigenous Guardians" across Canada who are stewarding their traditional lands and waters and redefining what conservation can – and many argue should – look like.

Amidst global ecological collapse, which some scientists call the "sixth mass extinction", there is increasingly widespread acknowledgment that indigenous people can demonstrate a more sustainable path forward – one that other societies could learn from. This is due to both their relationship with the environment, based on respect and reciprocity, and their substantial but often undervalued contributions to biodiversity conservation.

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MSIFN & Scugog township reach agreement on fire/roads/ems

Posted: February 10, 2021