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Bob Thomas showcases wetlands and Katrina recovery to Canadian consulate

September 21, 2012

From left: Consul General of Canada to the South Central United States Paula Caldwell, Bob Thomas and the Hon. Peter Kent, minister of the environment for Canada.

Bob Thomas, Ph.D., professor, director and chair of Environmental Communication at Loyola University New Orleans, recently met with the Minister of the Environment for Canada the Hon. Peter Kent who was in town for a meeting of the governments of the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Senior environment officials from the countries met in New Orleans in July to be briefed on environmental concerns facing homeland communities. The Commission for Environmental Cooperation acts as a clearinghouse for efforts to coordinate environmental regulation between the three North American nations and sponsors research projects aimed at identifying innovative ways to deal with environmental problems.

Thomas took Kent and other meeting attendees, including Pat Denechaud, the honorary consul for Canada in New Orleans, on a tour of select coastal wetland areas and discussed their loss and endangerment. He also highlighted the recovery of the Lower 9th Ward and other nearby neighborhoods hit hard by Katrina during a tour of those areas.

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