Ontario Conservatives’ Task Force Should Reverse Cuts to Province’s Flood Management Programs

Ford, Ooosterhoff & Company Have Cut Provincial Funding for Flood Management in Niagara in Half

“Doug Ford has cut funding to flood management programs by half, and forced Conservation Authorities (including the NPCA in Niagara) to do more with so much less in the years to come. He cancelled a program to plant 50 million trees, a proven tactic to control soil erosion and reduce flooding.”                                             – NDP Environment Critic Ian Arthur

A News Release from Ontario’s Official Opposition NDP Party

Posted May 10th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Sandbags around buildings along Port Dalhousie Harbour in St. Catharines, as waters rise to near record levels in 2017. The waters are rising again this spring.

A Foreword from Doug Draper,  Niagara At Large –

The Ford government has just cut about $90,000 from the $180,000 the province gives the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) each year to do flood management across the entire Niagara watershed –this at a time when the province is now experiencing record flooding that is going to cost homeowners, businesses and the Ontario economy billions of dollars.

They are cutting a few million dollars for flood management and risking billions of dollars in destruction from flooding waters.

It is reckless, it is short-sighted  and it is just plain stupid, but that is what we now have running the province, folks.

If you want more of this at the federal government level, vote for Ford’s buddy, Andrew Scheer, this fall.

Now here is the News Release from the Ontario NDP –

Ontario’s Official Opposition NDP Environment and Sustainability critic Ian Arthur said a review of flood management in Ontario should begin with Doug Ford undoing the damage his government has done to the environment by cutting flood management programs.

“Any review of flood management in Ontario should begin with undoing the damage done by the Ford Conservatives,” Arthur said. “Doug Ford has cut funding to flood management programs by half, and forced Conservation Authorities to do more with so much less in the years to come. He cancelled a program to plant 50 million trees, a proven tactic to control soil erosion and reduce flooding.

“The Ford Conservatives set Ontario back decades in the fight against climate change by cancelling a cap-and-trade market program, eliminating energy conservation programs, and spending tens of millions of dollars to go to battle against environmental protection strategies. It’s time for Ford to get serious about the impacts of climate change, and support Andrea Horwath’s motion to declare a climate emergency in Ontario.”

Ontario’s Official Opposition NDP Environment and Sustainability critic Ian Arthur said a review of flood management in Ontario should begin with Doug Ford undoing the damage his government has done to the environment by cutting flood management programs.

“Any review of flood management in Ontario should begin with undoing the damage done by the Ford Conservatives,” Arthur said. “Doug Ford has cut funding to flood management programs by half, and forced Conservation Authorities to do more with so much less in the years to come. He cancelled a program to plant 50 million trees, a proven tactic to control soil erosion and reduce flooding.

“The Ford Conservatives set Ontario back decades in the fight against climate change by cancelling a cap-and-trade market program, eliminating energy conservation programs, and spending tens of millions of dollars to go to battle against environmental protection strategies. It’s time for Ford to get serious about the impacts of climate change, and support Andrea Horwath’s motion to declare a climate emergency in Ontario.”

Niagara At Large is posting this  short video on how tree planting can help prevent flooding. Click on the screen below to watch –

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