Media Advisory—Tabling of the 2012 Spring Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development—Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Ottawa, 1 May 2012—The 2012 Spring Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Scott Vaughan, will be tabled in the House of Commons on Tuesday, 8 May 2012.

Media lock-up:

8:00 a.m.–9:45 a.m. (ET)
Office of the Auditor General of Canada, 240 Sparks Street, Ottawa
(for journalists accredited by the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery only).

When you arrive, please go to the OAG’s desk on the main floor and someone from the OAG will greet you. Please bring a photo ID.

Journalists must respect the media embargo until the report is tabled in the House of Commons shortly after 10:00 a.m. However, journalists will be allowed to leave the media lock-up at 9:45 a.m. Internet access will be available for filing stories once the report has been tabled.

News conference:

11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. (ET)
National Press Theater, 150 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Interviews:

The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development will be available for interviews at 12 noon.

To book an interview, please call 613-952-0213 ext. 6292.

The 2012 Spring Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development contains the following chapters:

Chapter 1, Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act, is the third and final report that the Commissioner is required to present to Parliament under the mandate of the Act, which required the Commissioner to report every two years up to and including 2012. The report looks at the government’s progress in implementing its climate change plans and whether Canada is on track to meet its obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

Chapter 2, Meeting Canada’s 2020 Climate Change Commitments, examines whether Environment Canada has established an implementation plan to meet the 2020 national greenhouse gas emission reduction target that was set internationally in the 2009 Copenhagen Accord. The target was also communicated in the 2010 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

Chapter 3, Federal Contaminated Sites and Their Impacts, examines how the federal government manages and reports actions taken to address the contaminated sites in its inventory and the financial impact of environmental damage arising from them.

The Commissioner’s Report will also include a Message from the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development.

The 2012 Spring Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, along with news releases for each chapter, will be available on the Office of the Auditor General of Canada Website immediately following tabling.

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