CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES KEEP OUR ENVIRONMENT SAFE. NOW THE ONTARIO GOVERNMENT IS GUTTING THEM.
The Ontario government has launched an all-out attack on Ontario’s protected forests and wetlands by making major changes to Conservation Authorities hidden in a new Act of Parliament.
Hidden in the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act is a clause which takes away any control over the protection of our precious wetlands, forests, wildlife habitat and natural spaces from Conservation Authorities, and gives huge new powers to developers to push through destructive projects.
By sneaking through these changes buried in a budget bill, the government avoided the public consultation that is normally required on laws that impact the environment.
That’s why we need every MPP to hear about this, so that they push to repeal schedule 6, which guts Conservation Authorities, from the Act.
Conservation Authorities are a vital line of defence for the natural spaces that mitigate flood risk, provide precious land for hiking, fishing and escape into nature and are an essential habitat for the many species of wildlife, including endangered species that call Ontario home. If we lose these spaces, we can’t get them back.
Take action: Tell Premier Ford and your MPP to repeal Schedule 6 from the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act, and protect Ontario’s wetlands and forests from developers.
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