Help Stop the Ford Government from Gutting Ontario’s Conservation Authorities Act

A deer in Waverly Woods in Fort Erie/Niagara, an area now targeted for urban development. This has got to be stopped.

Join the Fight by Signing in the Post the Petition Below

Nothing Less Than Our Region’s Rich Natural Heritage is at Stake!

A Call-Out from Marcie Jacklin, for Community Voices of Fort Erie, a citizens group working to save Waverly Woods along the shores of Lake Erie in Niagara, Ontario

Posted March 17th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Government is once again planning on environmental deregulation, this time with Conservation Authorities.

Inside Waverly Woods, near the shores of Lake Erie in Fort Erie, Ontario. The citizens fight continues to save it.

For many of us in Niagara we have seen what happens when bad politicians had too much influence in the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.

It cost the tax payers a lot of money and resulted in the Auditor General doing an investigation. Yet this is the direction the Ontario Government wants to head. 

The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the Niagara Peninsula watershed with programs and services that help keep people and their property safe from flooding and erosion, while retaining the safety of our drinking water.

I can assure you that the current Board of NPCA and the CAO are very much improved over the previous regime. Please help them by taking part in the survey below.  (A March 13th deadline has passed for this but don’t let that stop you from lending your name and voice to this urgent matter.)

Survey link: https://www.ontario.ca/form/survey-ontario-conservation-authorities

Issues that were important to me are CA’s getting enough funding to monitor our watershed; retaining the safety of our drinking water; mitigation for climate change; and composition of Boards should be more conservation experts than politicians. 

Here is a list of support items to ensure the critical role of conservation authorities from Ontario Nature :

A red-headed woodpecker in Waverly Woods in Fort Erie, Ontario . We can’t afford to lose more green places like this.

*land use planning and permitting to protect biodiversity and enhance climate resilience;
*monitoring programs and research that underpin flood mitigation, source water protection, climate action, biodiversity conservation and ecological restoration;
*delivering community projects in partnership with municipalities and local organizations; and
*delivering watershed-scale approaches to monitoring, decision-making, stewardship, outreach and education.

* Donate to help us cover our legal and expert costs at this link https://www.forterievoices.org/donation or send a donation to Community Voices of Fort Erie, P.O. Box 273, Fort Erie, Ontario L2A 2S0. All donations go towards our legal and expert costs.

* Click on the Petition here and share it with others https://www.change.org/p/ten-story-condo-going-up-in-waverly-woods 

Can we get to 5400 signatures by March 1st?  An alternative is to join our email BLAST list by sending your email and name to cvferie@gmail.com

To read another recent message Niagara At Large posted on the effort to keep the Ontario government from gutting the province’s Conservation Authorities Act, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/03/01/one-of-canadas-leading-environmental-law-groups-issues-action-alert-on-fords-move-to-possibly-gut-ontarios-conservation-rules/

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