Don’t Let Ford Government Gut Ontario’s Endangered Species and Wildlife Habitat Protection Rules

The passage of this Ford government legislation would drive one of the last nails in the coffin for green spaces like Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls and Waverly Woods in Fort Erie – both targets of unsustainable, smart-less, greed-driven urban growth – and ever more of our wetlands, woodlands and remaining natural heritage areas in Niagara

A Call-Out from the Green Party of Ontario

Posted May 31st, 2019 on Niagara At Large

We all deserve a place to call home – people and wildlife.

But around the world, 1 million species face extinction due in large part to habitat loss.

In Ontario that includes the Algonquin Wolf, Boreal Caribou, Blanding’s Turtle, Golden Eagle, Butternut Tree and 230 others.

These images are making the rounds on social media as the Ford government moves forward with plans to pull the teeth out of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act on behalf of developers bent on paving over what is left of our natural heritage

BUT ANY DAY NOW, ONTARIO MPPS WILL VOTE ON BILL 108, GIVING BIG DEVELOPERS THE GREEN LIGHT FOR HABITAT DESTRUCTION.

The truth is, we don’t need to bulldoze the homes of endangered species to build ours.

A mom and her young one in Waverly Woods in Fort Erie, a home for a diversity of wildlife and now a target of developers. Photo courtesy of Fort Erie residents fighting to save this wonderful place

Instead, we can build tiny homes, secondary suites, and mid-rise apartments that make better use of space.

And we can clean up abandoned urban land and turn it into affordable housing.

These are the sustainable housing solutions that work for people and wildlife.

CONTACT YOUR MPP AND ASK THEM TO VOTE NO ON BILL 108.                  

Thanks for standing up for Ontario wildlife!

Listen and watch Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner stand up and talk about this legislation in the provincial legislature by clicking on the screen immediately below –

A Footnote from Niagara At Large – We urge you to contact your MPP and tell them that they have two choices, vote against this destructive bill or face defeat in the next provincial elections. Do a little searching and find the contact information for your MPP. It is well worth time we are running out of for what are left of our great natural places.

Here is a link to one open letter on this issue that Niagara resident and citizen activist Liz Benneian recently sent to her MPP in the Niagara West riding, Ford government member Sam Oosterhoff –https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/05/29/niagaras-one-and-only-ford-government-mpp-urged-to-oppose-fords-move-to-weaken-ontarios-endangered-species-act/.

For another recent plea for public opposition to this destructive legislation, from three of Canada’s most respected environmental organization, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2019/05/27/fords-push-to-destroy-critical-wildlife-habitat-in-province-for-developers-is-under-fire/ .

For more information on Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/11/24/okay-so-whats-with-the-mud-roads-cut-through-thundering-waters-forest-in-niagara-falls/ .

For more information on Waverly Woods in Fort Erie,click on https://niagaraatlarge.com/2018/10/29/save-waverly-woods-in-fort-erie-niagara/ .

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders

 

 

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One response to “Don’t Let Ford Government Gut Ontario’s Endangered Species and Wildlife Habitat Protection Rules

  1. Linda McKellar

    OBVIOUSLY, we need to start voting for the Green Party.

    Like

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