“The ravages of climate crisis are evident all around us, and conservation authorities are trying to respond to record flooding in our watersheds with less resources than they had before.” – Monteith Farrell, Ontario’s NDP critic for Natural Resources and Forestry
Posted June 4th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK – Doug Ford’s cuts to the Conservation Authority’s programs for youth jobs and flood management are taking away opportunities from young people, and putting communities in danger, said Judith Monteith-Farrell, NDP critic for Natural Resources and Forestry.
The NDP MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan said that the Ford government’s cuts to Conservation Authorities includes the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Summer Employment Opportunities Program for youth.
“This program helped Conservation Authorities employ and mentor youth, and gain relevant experience for their careers,” said Monteith-Farrell. “Why did this government cut the Youth Employment Program?”
Monteith-Farrell said that while Doug Ford is cutting opportunities for youth, his short-sighted cuts to conservation authorities are still going ahead even as the authorities are trying to respond and prevent record flooding in watersheds with less money than they had before.
“The ravages of climate crisis are evident all around us, and conservation authorities are trying to respond to record flooding in our watersheds with less resources than they had before,” said Monteith-Farrell.
“These cuts put communities at risk.” “When will Doug Ford reverse his cuts to the Natural Hazard Management Grant, protect communities and increase funding to conservation authorities for natural hazards?”
To listen in or view some back and forth between the NDP critic and Ford government on these matters, click on the links below –
A Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
For flood management efforts alone, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority stands to have its $180,000 annual provincial funding cut almost in half at a time when it has a significant amount of floodplain mapping to do.
Niagara municipalities may be on the hook to make up the difference through property tax revenue if the province follows through with the cuts.
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