A News Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted April 17th, 2019 on Niagara At Large
On top of other deep cuts to Ontario’s environmental protection programs, the Ford government has also taken an axe to the funding the province transfers to Conservation Authorities for protecting people and their properties from climate-related hazards like flooding.
At a meeting of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s board of directors this April 17th, Gayle Wood, the NPCA’s Interim CAO, told board members that concerns that last April 11th’s provincial budget would mean significant cuts in funding from the province to Conservation Authorities across Ontario have been confirmed.
Wood said annual funds the province transfers to the NPCA will be cut from about $174,000 to $90,000 – almost half of the money the province gives to the Conservation Authority each year for core services like flood management.
The cut may not be much of a blow to the NPCA’s budget this year, she said, because some money is being saved “due to a number of (recent) staffing gaps,” but next year they could prove “extremely challenging.” Continue reading