Northwatch is a regional coalition of environmental organizations, community groups and individual members in northeastern Ontario.Founded in January of 1988, Northwatch has as a priority issues that are of a regional nature: sound energy planning, healthy forests, responsible mining, waste reduction, and conservation of our natural resources and environmental assets. Northwatch has worked with residents over the past two decades to prevent northeastern Ontario from becoming the receiving ground for foreign wastes, whether it’s Toronto's garbage, Ontario's biomedical waste, Canada's nuclear reactor fuel waste, or PCB's from around the world.
is the regional coalition of environmental and citizen
organizations and individual members in northeastern
Ontario. Northwatch was founded in January of 1988 by two
overlapping networks in northeastern Ontario. One of these
networks was primarily focussed on peace, disarmament and
development concerns including the enviornmental and
social impacts of military testing and training in
northeastern Ontario and the links between civilian and
military nuclear uses. The other was a network of
environmental and safe energy groups. With a provincial
enviornmental assessment of forest management practices
about to go to a hearing and a federal review of a sheme
to bury nuclear waste in the Canadian Shield about to get
underway, these local and district based groups created
Northwatch to provide a regionally representative voice
for environment-related concerns, and to share resources
and knowledge with each other. Since our
inception Northwatch has had as a priority issues
that are of a regional nature : energy use, generation and
conservation; forest conservation and wild areas
protection; waste management and water quality issues;
mining; and militarization.
PerspectiveNorthwatch has a "pro-north" perspective, and represents the interests and particular issues of the region. Northwatch members believe that, historically, northern Ontario has been regarded as an economic commodity rather than community, and this must change; the north must realize a long-term objective of diversifying the economy while maintaining the natural resource base and making best best use those resources which are extracted. To this end, economic and social decisions must be made with the priority of creating and contributing to a "sustainable" north, largely done by recognizing the inseparability of environmental and socio-economic concerns.
Our CoalitionNorthwatch's membership grew from a half dozen founding groups in 1988 to more than twenty just a few years later. Northwatch's membership is spread from the French River north to the James Bay coast, and from the Quebec border west to the north shore of Lake Superior, encompassing the federal districts of Nipissing, Temiskaming, Cochrane, Sudbury, Manitoulin and Algoma.
As the regional
coalition in the northeast, Northwatch assists community
based groups around the region to access government and
policy-making processes and consultations, and provides
representation based on regionally developed positions
on environmental concerns and ecological protection.
In addition to acting on these issues as a representative body, Northwatch provides support to local citizens groups addressing these and other environmental concerns in their community. Northwatch is currently working with members and member groups to improve forest management, promote community involvement in mine monitoring and management, and prevent northeastern Ontario from becoming the receiving ground for foreign wastes, including Toronto's garbage, Ontario's biomedical waste, Canada's nuclear reactor fuel waste, and PCB's from around the world.
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