TORONTO - Ontario's environmental watchdog says the government is stumbling and retreating in the implementation of simple programs that used to work fine.
Environmental commissioner Gord Miller says the province is "blind" to the impact forestry is having on wildlife across the province.
He says the government isn't adequately monitoring wildlife populations for its forest management policies even though it's a legal requirement.
Miller says the government isn't doing enough to protect water resources either against the continued threat of dry weather.
He says there were dry spells over the summer that hurt farmers and businesses, but the government has a duty to ensure that water taking is being managed carefully.
Miller says there are programs in place to do this, but they lack key elements to protect lakes, rivers and streams.
The commissioner also says while he supports renewable energy, the province should add more off-limit areas to protect birds and bats from wind farms.