Last Call to Stop Ford and Vandals in Ontario’s Development Industry from Gutting Our Conservation Authorities

Anti-Environment Ford Government Moving to Ram CA-Gutting Thru Ontario Legislature as Soon as this coming Monday, December 7th

We need your help with a last-minute push to retain the Current Mandate of the Province’s 36 Conservation Authorities – Ontario Nature, a province-wide citizens advocacy group for our environment

A News Release from Ontario Nature

Posted December 4th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

Rather than listening to tens of thousands of Ontarians – including nearly 20,000 Ontario Nature members and supporters who requested that Schedule 6 be removed from Bill 229 – the provincial government (of Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff and company) is proposing several pages of never-seen-before amendments that tighten the screws even further on Conservation Authorities.

These amendments include one that will require a Conservation Authority to issue a permit that would otherwise be prohibited by provincial law and policy, if associated with a Minister’s Zoning Order.

See our joint media release –  <https://ontarionature.thankyou4caring.org/page.redir?target=https%3a%2f%2fontarionature.org%2fnews-release%2fanother-twist-of-the-knife%2f&srcid=46024&srctid=1&erid=6204663&trid=9cec8b63-d9a2-4193-aa5b-45ebe767d39e> with Environmental Defence that went out this (December 4th) morning.

Today (this Friday, December 4th) is the Standing Committee’s only day to make amendments, before reporting the bill back to the Legislature (on Monday, December 7th) for Third Reading. Please phone your MPP’s office today to protest the proposed amendments and demand that Schedule 6 be removed from the bill.

In Niagara, Ontario use this tool to get contact information for Niagara West MPP and Ford government rep. Sam Oosterhoff, and urge him to remove Schedule 6 from his government’s 2020 Budget Bill.

Use this tool – <https://ontarionature.thankyou4caring.org/page.redir?target=https%3a%2f%2fwww.elections.on.ca%2fen%2fvoting-in-ontario%2felectoral-districts.html&srcid=46024&srctid=1&erid=6204663&trid=9cec8b63-d9a2-4193-aa5b-45ebe767d39e>  – to find their contact information based on your postal code. Even if your MPP opposes Schedule 6, it’s still good for them to hear from you.

The clause-by-clause deliberations on amendments started this morning at 9:00 a.m. and are being livestreamed <https://ontarionature.thankyou4caring.org/page.redir?target=https%3a%2f%2fwww.ola.org%2fen%2flegislative-business%2fvideo%2fcommittees-room-no-151&srcid=46024&srctid=1&erid=6204663&trid=9cec8b63-d9a2-4193-aa5b-45ebe767d39e>.

The Canadian Environmental Law Association did a legal analysis <https://ontarionature.thankyou4caring.org/page.redir?target=https%3a%2f%2fcela.ca%2fanalysis-of-standing-committee-motions-package-bill-229%2f&srcid=46024&srctid=1&erid=6204663&trid=9cec8b63-d9a2-4193-aa5b-45ebe767d39e> last evening.

Thank you for your support on this critical issue. We have been doing everything possible to avert disaster during this watershed moment.

  • Sincerely, Ontario Nature

P.S. It’s incumbent on us all to exercise our civic right and ask our MPPs to speak out against Schedule 6 and vote against it at third reading on Monday, December 7th.

A Brief Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –

I urge you to read a recent editorial that appeared in The Toronto Star on the Ford government’s pact with the devils in Ontario’s development industry by clicking on – https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2020/11/29/once-again-the-ford-government-is-putting-developers-ahead-of-ontarios-environment.html

To watch Ontario Premier Doug Ford showing his true colours in this video, capturing him in a conversation with developers and landspeculators, referred to in the Toronto Star editorial above, click on the screen immediately below

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