Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario


RNAO speaks out for Great Lakes protection at Queen's Park

The health of Ontario's environment is intrinsically linked to the health of its people, so RNAO works tirelessly to promote positive environmental policy.

RNAO's senior policy analyst Kim Jarvi visited Queen's Park Nov. 20, joined by RNAO member Reena Ahluwalia, to speak to a standing committee about Bill 6: The Great Lakes Protection Act. The bill seeks to restore the health of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin in the face of development, climate change and invasive species.

Jarvi reiterated RNAO's support for the legislation, as expressed in our written submission to the standing committee. He also outlined RNAO's recommendations to strengthen the bill, including ambitious pollution-reducing targets and timelines, transparency, and public accountability.

"By the Bill’s own reckoning, the Great Lakes are in decline," Jarvi told the committee. "Ontario needs to become a bigger part of the solution."