STOP DEVELOPERS FROM PAVING OVER THE LOWER DUFFINS CREEK WETLANDS TO BUILD WAREHOUSES
UPDATED 01/03/21: DEVELOPERS HAVE APPLIED FOR THE PERMIT THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO START BULLDOZING THE LOWER DUFFINS CREEK WETLANDS.
The provincial government changed the rules that have kept wetlands protected. It is using anti-democratic Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) and new loopholes created by the Conservation Authorities Act to override protections and push its developer-first agenda. The first target is the large, rare and sensitive coastal Lower Duffins Creek wetland area between Pickering and Ajax - but it is not too late to stop it.
Under the changes, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Board of Directors is compelled to issue a permit for development because the Province has issued an MZO.TRCA can impose conditions to the permit; however, the developer may appeal these conditions to the provincial government. TRCA may impose conditions to mitigate: (1) any effects the development project is likely to have on the control of flooding, erosion, dynamic beaches or pollution or the conservation of land; (2) any conditions or circumstances created by the development project that, in the event of a natural hazard, might jeopardize the health or safety of persons or result in the damage or destruction of property; or (3) any other matters that may be prescribed by regulation. TRCA’s Board of Directors must not shy away from developing science-based conditions just to appease the development industry and avoid an appeal. As an apolitical technical agency, TRCA must use its science-based watershed approach to determine sufficient conditions that address the huge risks created by this MZO.
Using MZOs to force the destruction of wetland is anti-science and anti-democratic, and every Ontario opposition party recently pledged to end forced permits and restore the power of Conservation Authorities. Right now, TRCA’s Board of Directors needs our support in fighting for this important wetland. TRCA needs to know that they have your support in standing up to the bullying of the development industry and the Provincial government, for the good of the future of our communities.
Take action today to tell TRCA’s Board of Directors that developers and the Province need to be held accountable for their decision to destroy this wetland.