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Beware, invasive species. Our new facility is officially open

Tuesday, July 31, 2012   by: Carol Martin



Orazietti announces completion of Invasive Species Research Centre

Provincial funding for state-of-the-art facility protects environment and creates local jobs

SAULT STE. MARIE - David Orazietti, MPP was joined today by Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources Canada and Bryan Hayes, MP, to mark the official opening of the Canada-Ontario Invasive Species Centre and to highlight the accomplishments of the Insect Production and Quarantine Laboratories at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie.

“As part of our 2007 election platform our government initiated and followed through on a commitment to develop an invasive species research centre in our community,” said Orazietti. “The new research centre in Sault Ste. Marie serves as a model for other jurisdictions and is an excellent example of collaboration and coordination between various levels of government, neighbouring jurisdictions, municipalities, and non-governmental stakeholders and partners.”

The Government of Ontario committed $15 million toward the invasive species research initiative, including $1.6 million towards this facility, $800,000 for an invasive species research chair at Algoma University, $4.9 million to support a variety of innovative projects and on-going support for the annual operating costs of the Canada-Ontario Invasive Species Centre which is housed in this facility.

The new centre is dedicated to combating alien invasive species that threaten Canada’s natural resources and ecosystems.

Aquatic invasive species are also recognized as a serious problem threatening the biodiversity of our lakes and rivers, and the new centre will play a coordinating role in addressing their spread. 

In the Great Lakes Basin alone, nearly 200 species from around the world have been introduced and include many well-known invaders such as sea lamprey, zebra mussel, round goby and purple loosestrife.

The Great Lakes Forestry Centre is one of six Canadian Forest Service centres in Canada.

NRCan’s scientists working at the GLFC have focused mainly on three alien invasive insects affecting Ontario’s forests: the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle and the Sirex wood wasp.

Research is being conducted on the life cycle of these forest pests to develop detection and control techniques.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources' scientists will collaborate with NRCan researchers on these initiatives and provincial staff will use the knowledge generated from this research to monitor areas where these insects may appear and to provide information to foresters and communities on control and mitigation measures.

As well, NRCan will work closely with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to provide information to support the CFIA’s regulatory responsibilities for addressing alien invasive species.


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hydraulics1 7/31/2012 1:14:04 PM Report

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME...... the government needs to get their heads out their behinds. Maybe they should reinstate chemical use to kill of unwanted pests and weeds. I am tired of hearing about bedbugs, and people with alergies such as myself that can't breath because the neighbourhood that I live in is infested with a sea of yellow dandelions. WOW whatever happene to the democratic society that we are all supposed to be a part of. The government that we elect year after year is more and more Communist telling us what we can and can't do in our own yards and in our own homes. Spending money for buildings and reseach facilities more GOVERNMENT POLITICAL garbage. I am well within my rights as a CANADIAN CITIZEN to do what I think is right for my family but the government steps in and says NO. When are things going to change?? Why do we need facilities for invasive species, when what we need is control for the ones we already know are here in our community. BUG OFF and lets deal with the problem before the BUGS take over and spread diseases like the rats and cockroaches have done in the past and kill us all off. Anyhow my point is lets take care of some of the issues that we are facing today instead of worring or looking to find something that may or may not happen in the future that some us may not be around to enjoy.
Beats22 7/31/2012 1:26:30 PM Report

Well now David deserves a big ole pat on the back now doesn't he! Maybe he can offer some of the employees' from St. Mary's Paper some new employment. Or how about the Park's Canada people recently given their pink slips. No, that makes too much sense. He only likes to be present when money is given out. He makes it appear like it is coming out of his pocket when we all know it is only because he is getting his back scratched by Dalton and the fact that he is part of the elected party in power....makes a person sick !!!
Rick144 7/31/2012 2:12:44 PM Report

They just spent $15 million, yet last week they attacked OW & ODSP with cut backs.

What the hell are they thinking?

Where in the hell in Robin Hood when you need him?
allieishere 7/31/2012 2:32:08 PM Report

We need this kind of a facility. If we don't take care of the Great Lakes, we're screwed.
The invading aquatic plants and creatures is something that needs to be looked at now, before it is too late.
Where better to put the facility?
Bottom line, if we don't have the Great Lakes, we've got nothing, so we had better move our butts and try and protect and recover the lakes, while we still can.
kamen 7/31/2012 6:33:51 PM Report

I think this research facility is a good idea. We need to get rid of species that are damaging our ecosystems. I hope that they will focus on more than just the three mentioned insects. There are many more invasive species than just those three insects.
moose23 7/31/2012 6:46:22 PM Report

Once non-native critters, diseases, etc. that are considered invasive arrive you can't get rid of them but you can attempt to control them albeit at a large cost! e.g., sea lamprey ... thus new centre and location was long over due. However, I would like to hear about funding announcements going towards prevention programs ... every extra dollar spent on preventing things from getting here will save us a lot more $ in the long run.
learningaswego 8/1/2012 6:01:45 AM Report

Great, now all the "connected" people can get their adult kids jobs there.
Anybody else, not a chance.
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