Join the Citizens’ Campaign to Stop Ford from Gutting Ontario’s Conservation Authorities

Stop Ontario Bill 229 Schedule 6 and Save One of Niagara, Ontario’s Great Pieces of Natural Heritage – Waverly Woods

A Call-Out from Marcie Jacklin and Community Voices of Fort Erie

Posted November 27th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Hello Everyone

It seems nature is under threat by the government of the province of Ontario. Please take some time to respond to these initiatives.

Bill 229 Schedule 6

Buried in the (Ford government’s recently tabled) budget bill for the province is Section 6 which threatens to destroy Conservation Authorities by not allowing experts to be on the Board.

The Board would be composed entirely of politicians whose mandate would be to serve their communities (not the mission of the Conservation Authorities).

Ontario Premier Doug Ford who, on behalf of his masters in the development industry, is working to pull teeth out of our Conservation Authorities when it comes to protecting and preserving our natural heritage

This is a dream for developers but a disaster for our communities. Basically there would be no protection of water sources, watershed or natural environment.

When we had a Board composed of mostly politicians ten years ago the rumour was that they wanted to sell off Cave Springs Conservation Area for a golf course and St. John’s Conservation Area for a housing development.

And, for instance, if developers built on a wetland, no one will be liable if the residents get wet basements. These are just two examples of what could happen and the communities will no longer have a right to appeal.

1. If you think this is wrong please read and sign the petition at https://ontarionature.org/respect-conservation-authorities/

One of themany residents of Waverly Woods. Do Ford and his pals in the development industry have to pave over everthing?

2. Please also send an email to the members of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (for the province). Here are their emails:
amarjot.sandhu@pc.ola.org, jeremy.roberts@pc.ola.org, stan.cho@pc.ola.org, logan.kanapathi@pc.ola.org, david.piccini@pc.ola.org, dave.smith@pc.ola.org, vijay.thanigasalam@pc.ola.org, Iarthur-QP@ndp.on.ca, Smamakwa-QP@ndp.on.ca, Sshaw-CO@ndp.on.ca, mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

The message can be as simple as: “I support the important work done by Conservation Authorities to protect people and property from harm and to protect Ontario’s natural assets for current and future generations. Please remove Schedule 6 in its entirety from Bill 229.”

3. You can also send a written submission to the Standing Committee Clerk until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020:

Committee Clerk
Julia Douglas
comm-financeaffairs@ola.org
99 Wellesley Street West
Room 1405, Whitney Block
Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON
M7A 1A2
Tel.: 416-325-3515
Fax: 416-325-3505

* Please donate to help us cover our legal and expert costs for Saving Waverly Woods. Go to 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. We require experts to testify at the Hearing in areas like Planning, Ornithology, Wetlands, Hydrology, Military History and Built Heritage.

* Share the petition with others https://www.change.org/p/ten-story-condo-going-up-in-waverly-woods Can we get to 7600 signatures by December 31st?  If you prefer not to sign the petition an alternative is to join our email list by sending your email and name to cvferie@gmail.com.

Marcie Jacklin is an avid, Fort Erie-based birder and president of the community group, Community Voices of Fort Erie(CVFE).

Another resident of Waverly Woods who count on great green places like this to survive. Don’t let Ford and the pirates in Ontario’s development industry take them away.

About Community Voices of Fort Erie – Community Voices of Fort Erie is a citizens’ group involved in upholding the community values of Fort Erie, Ridgeway, Crystal Beach, Stevensville, Black Creek, and Douglastown.

The current focus of Community Voices of Fort Erie is on the proposed development of Waverly Woods & Erie Beach. As a group of concerned citizens, we feel it is incredibly important to protect our critical natural and historical resources for the benefit of current and future residents. The maintenance of these resources will ensure that Fort Erie thrives as a place to live, and as a unique destination for visitors to the Niagara Region

For more on Community Voices of Fort Erie, click on – https://www.forterievoices.org/ .

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One response to “Join the Citizens’ Campaign to Stop Ford from Gutting Ontario’s Conservation Authorities

  1. Petition signed. Wrote to the Premier and the committee; enlisted friends to do the same and to contact their friends.

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