Continuing Loss Of Wetlands And Other Natural Areas That Filter Pollution Compounds The Problem
Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe
“Wetlands and woodlands continue to be destroyed by agriculture and development. These areas help filter pollutants from water, reduce flooding, protect against soil erosion, filter our air and provide critical habitat for many of Ontario’s species at risk.” – Ontario environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe
A News Release from Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner
Posted November 15th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
(A Foreword Note from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper –
Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his so-called “Government for the People” are giving the province’s independent environmental watchdog the axe. He has announced he is closing down the whole office
As some of you may already have heard, Doug Ford’s described “Government for the People” announced this Novmenter 15th that it is shutting down the Office of Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, which has functioned as an independent watchdog body in the province, much like the Ontario Ombudsman’s Office, on environmentally related issues since it was formed in 1994.
This move by Ontario’s four-and-a-month-old Ford government follows what now appears to be a pattern of cutting and gutting programs and institutions involved in environmental protection matters, and Niagara At Large will have more news and commentary of that latter.
In the meantime, the following news release from the Office of Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, posted on the Office’s website this November 13th and speaking to a detailed new report the Office has just completed on environmental protection, may be its last or one of its last.
Here it is –
Toronto – The Ontario government continues to allow raw sewage to overflow into Ontario lakes and rivers at an alarming rate, says a new report by Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.
Back to Basics, Saxe’s 2018 Environmental Protection Report, outlines how Ontario’s waters are being poisoned by raw sewage and harmful runoff laden with fertilizer and road salt. Continue reading