You might never have heard of a conservation authority.
They quietly keep us safe by regulating development in wetlands - where 95% of Ontarians live.
Most importantly, they hold the line against reckless projects in flood-prone areas.
But Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities are scrambling because Doug Ford is taking their authority away.
Defend Conservation Authorities: petition at above link
Doug Ford is giving himself the power to overturn scientific decisions and grant dangerous permits in wetlands and floodplains.
It will mean more highways, warehouses, and subdivisions where they don’t belong.
It will mean rising profits for developers and rising floodwaters for the rest of us.
Mike Schreiner is leading the charge against this dangerous action in Queen’s Park and yesterday he pressed the Premier again.
To my shock, the government had the audacity to claim they are “helping conservation authorities achieve their goal.”
Chris, Conservatives are shameless in their assault on the environment.
Doug Ford is ripping up the rules that were put in place to prevent catastrophic incidents like the 1948 flood that put downtown Brampton under six feet of water.
He’s putting lives and homes at risk.
This is our biggest campaign since we got Ford to back down on his Greenbelt plan.
Will you add your voice?
Green Party of Ontario
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email re Meeting @ Callaghan's Parking Lot this Sunday (Nov.29)
Yep, I'll be there this Sunday. Very much looking forward to visiting Callaghan's Rapids again after the interruption of deer season.
Congrats to Matt on getting the contract position - he's an extremely effective and intuitive community leader! Under his leadership our community group has accomplished a lot in a very short time - we got the OPP to patrol the area and issue a substantial number of tickets to trespassing ATV riders, we were able to nudge Crowe Valley Conservation Area General Manager Tim Pidduck into visiting Callaghan's Rapids several times to observe the ongoing destruction by ATVers and illegal campers, Eastern Ontario Trail Riders Assoc. (EOTA) is now aware that their members have been trespassing and causing major ecological damage to our conservation area, etc. etc. The battle isn't over, but the organizations responsible for maintaining and preserving Callaghan's Rapids Conservation Area can no longer claim not to know what has been happening there!
Another issue which Tim and Crowe Valley Conservation Area (CVCA) must deal with is the Doug Ford governments ongoing deregulation of the many conservation authorities across our province. I've blog posted the email I received yesterday from the Green Party regarding this:
Hope to see as many members as possible on Sunday - it's only as a community group that we seem able to get the organizations responsible for protecting Callaghan's Rapids Conservation Area