Brock U. Students Plan April 7th Demo Against Bid To Gut Wetlands For Urban Development

“Niagara’s wetlands … are home to more than one-third of the rare, threatened and endangered species found in Canada.”

A Call-Out to the whole Niagara, Ontario community from Cinema Politica Brock

Posted April 5th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

We call on all community members to come out and oppose the approval of biodiversity offsetting in the Niagara Region!

Some of the wooded wetland area in Niagara Falls that the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is eyeing for possible destruction

Some of the wooded wetland area in Niagara Falls that the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is eyeing for possible destruction

A protest will take place at the main entrance of the Niagara Regional Headquarters – at1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way, Thorold, Ontario – at 6 p.m. (this Thursday, April 7th), ahead of the Regional Council meeting that will begin at 6:30 p.m. At this time, Niagara, Ontario’s regional council will debate a motion to gut wetland protection policies that have been in place since 1993.

These policies have prohibited development on Niagara’s wetlands, which are home to more than one-third of the rare, threatened and endangered species found in Canada. More species can be found here than any other ecosystem in Canada, including 70 species of trees, 64 spec…ies of ferns and 400 species of bird.

These wetlands also contain some of the rarest forest species in Canada, including the second longest living tree in Ontario – a 580 year old, slow-growing Gum Tree located in Niagara Falls.

Currently, 13 acres of provincially-significant wetlands are at stake with the current proposal to develop 486 acres of property near Thundering Waters Golf Club. The Regional Council wants to push approval for this $1 billion project without considering the long-term effects “biodiversity offsetting” has on both the environment and Niagara’s local economy.

Biodiversity offsetting involves destroying one wetland and attempting to reproduce it in a different area. We, the community members of the Niagara region, know that the precious concentration of biodiversity located in the wetlands cannot be replaced.

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Sources: http://brucetrail.org/system/downloads/0000/0386/BTC_Forest_Guide_web_final.pdf http://www.ancientforest.org/ontarios-oldest-trees/

Further information: http://www.niagarafallsreview.ca/2016/03/31/wetlands-stall-1-billion-falls-development https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KNCDaY8E1Q

Public response during meeting held at Balls Falls on January 27th, 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMEWJIYcT0Y

About Cinema Politica Brock –

Cinema Politica Brock hosts documentary screenings that cover a wide range of social and environmental justice issues as a way to inspire action.

For more on this Brock Universitty student-based organizationCinema Politica Brock,  visit its website at http://www.cinemapolitica.org/opirgbrock

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One response to “Brock U. Students Plan April 7th Demo Against Bid To Gut Wetlands For Urban Development

  1. Why would people want to move here, with bozos at the helm? We need to get Ecology 101 into course requirements for civil service. And why isn’t it taught in schools that underground streams are connected to wetlands? Or that there were several significant deserts in Ontario? Or that the Dust Bowl was not just in the west?
    These councillors and mayors, many of whom are also on the board of the disgraced NPCA are an embarrassment.

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