“Bill 23, forced municipal boundary expansions, greenbelt removals, “strong” mayors’ legislation and Conservation land sell offs are a betrayal by the Ford government of its citizens.” – Liz Benneian, chair of Biodiversity and Climate Action Niagara
News from Biodiversity and Climate Action Niagara, a region-wide coalition of individuals and organzations advocating for protecting and preserving Niagara’s Natural Heritage
Posted December 12th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
The Ford government’s recent legislation is an unprecedented assault on Ontario’s environment and Niagara’s citizens are asking for the federal government’s help in thwarting these destructive policies.
That was the message sent to (Canada’s) Prime Minister (Justin Trudeau), key federal Ministers, and other political leaders, by members of Biodiversity and Climate Action Collective Niagara, on Wednesday.
The letter, signed by the collective’s 22 group members and 80 individual members, called for the government to consider all measures, from denying federal funding for infrastructure projects to extending Federal protection to critical natural features, as well as other suggestions.
“Bill 23, forced municipal boundary expansions, greenbelt removals, “strong” mayors’ legislation and Conservation land sell offs are a betrayal by the Ford government of its citizens,” said Liz Benneian, chair of BCAC.
“These policies will cause innumerable harms to current and future generations, all for the benefit of a handful of wealthy developers.”
The letter noted that the Ford government’s policies, if they go ahead as planned, will have a negative effect on many areas of federal interest from meeting our international commitments on greenhouse gas reductions to impacting Canada’s food security goals as prime farmland is lost to pavement. The letter also outlined potential economic fallouts and the impact of biodiversity losses.
Benneian noted that citizens have been holding protests, submitting comments to the Environmental Registry and Standing Committee, writing and calling Premier Ford and MPP Sam Oosterhoff, putting “Doug Ford Keep Your Promise and Protect the Greenbelt” signs on their front yards and doing everything they can to defeat these measures but, to date, it hasn’t been enough.
“We were heartened to read Parks Canada’s sternly worded letter to the Ford Government about removing protection from the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve.
We were also pleased that Canada’s Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said the federal government wouldn’t cover flood damages that resulted from the Ford government allowing building on wetlands,” said Benneian. However, she believes the federal government can and should do more.
“This is the fight of our generation, for future generations.
We can’t afford to sit on the sidelines for this. We need everyone to stand up and say “No!” before it’s all lost, forever.”
You can connect with Biodiversity and Climate Action Niagara on Facebook. You can join their email list by contacting Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org If you’d like a “Keep Your Greenbelt Promise Sign” email Liz.
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