In Ontario Today, Our Most Vulnerable Species Are On The Chopping Block

Ontario’s Ford Government is planning “new loopholes for developers and other proponents of harmful activities (that) will grease the wheels of destruction” for our province’s species at risk.

A Call-Out to All Ontario citizens from Ontario Nature, a citizen group advocating for our natural heritage

Posted May 2nd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Barn owls are an endangered species in Ontario

(A Brief Foreword by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

The current Ford government, which did not receive a mandate in last year’s Ontario elections from a majority of the province’s voters, has proven time and time again that it is willing to weaken or eliminate environmental protection programs and safeguards for those in the development industry who would pave over the landscape at any cost to our natural heritage.

As a veteran environment reporter, I remember representatives of the development industry in Niagara and other regions of Ontario who believed in building and growing communities in ways that were environmentally sustainable and respectful of our valuable green places.

Where are those members of the development industry now? Why aren’t they speaking out against those who are giving their industry such a bad name in the eyes of the public?

Please read the Call-Out below from Ontario Nature to save endangered species rules in this province that not only protected wildlife at risks, but the natural habitat birds, animals and other wildlife need to survive.

And click on the link provided to lend your name to a message to Ford’s environment minister to act like an environment minister, and not like an agent  for those who would damage or destroy what is left of our natural spaces for their own, short-term interests.)

Now here is the Call-Out from Ontario Nature to All of Us to Speak Up  for our Natural Heritage in this Province –

Photo: Prothonotary warbler © Bill McDonald, Video: Spotted turtle © Noah Cole

Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is misleading the public by claiming that its recently proposed amendments to the Endangered Species Act, 2007  (ESA) will “improve outcomes for species at risk.”

On the contrary, the changes put forward would improve outcomes only for developers and industry laggards who want the unfettered ability to sweep aside protections for our most vulnerable plants and animals.

The list of damaging changes is long and wide-ranging. If the changes go forward, the Minister will have broad discretion to interfere with the science-based listing process, to suspend and limit protections, and to ignore legislated timelines for policies and reporting.

At the same time, new loopholes for developers and other proponents of harmful activities will grease the wheels of destruction. These include a “pay-to-slay” scheme that would allow them to pay into a fund in lieu of fulfilling requirements for on-the-ground reparation for the damage they inflict on species and their habitats.

There’s more – much more – ensuring that the forests, wetlands, lakes and rivers that provide habitat for species at risk would be open for destruction.

Ontario Nature is working alongside our friends, supporters, partners and allies to oppose these changes. We hope you will stand with us.

You can make the strongest impact by contacting your MPP about these proposed amendments.

Please phone, send a letter, or request a meeting with your representative and let them know that the people of Ontario are not okay with these proposed amendments.

Your MPP needs to know that their constituents care and are paying attention.

It’s also important to participate in the public consultation. The ministry is accepting public comment on the proposed changes through the Environmental Registry up until May 18.

Photo: Prothonotary warbler © Bill McDonald, Video: Spotted turtle © Noah Cole

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One response to “In Ontario Today, Our Most Vulnerable Species Are On The Chopping Block

  1. When the Premier says one thing to the developers, the next day reverses his position for the public then on the third day he reduces/cancel funding to groups that are responsible to protect the wildlife, land, and reduce the risks of flooding and fires, to whom is Ford being honest? Of course, the developers.
    If I were to make a choice between Ford saying ” My government will protect the wetlands and its widlife” or a skunk saying “I will not spray you”, I will choice the word of the skunk over that of Ford.


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