Citizen Panel Workshops

The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) hosted two citizen panel workshops under the Ontario Ministry of the Environment's Community Adaptation Initiative. The purpose of these citizen panels was to find out what the public thinks about the steps Ontario is taking to prepare for the effects of a changing climate. Although not widely used in Canada, citizen panels are recognized in several countries as a great way to include public knowledge, experience, and values in developing new policies and programs.

Ontario currently has two overarching strategies to help the province reduce the emission of climate warming gasses and adapt to the consequences of a changing climate:

  1. Climate Ready: Ontario's Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan, and
  2. Go Green: Ontario's Action Plan on Climate Change.

Now that these plans are underway, we wanted to hear what the public had to say about the government's efforts. Each workshop spanned over two weekends.

Getting ready for a Changing Climate: What should we do? ...a workshop about weathering the storm

Workshop 1 - Sudbury

Sudbury, Ontario
November 12-13, 2011
November 19-20, 2011

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Workshop 2 - Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario
February 25 - 26, 2012
March 4 - 5, 2012

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Workshop Presentations

Panel members heard presentations from the following experts:

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Final Reports

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