Ontario's wetlands and Greenbelt are under attack. Doug Ford is proposing legislation that sidelines conservation authorities, and opens the door to development on wetlands and flood plains. David Crombie, along with six other members of the Greenbelt Council, have already resigned in protest.
We're calling on the government to remove Schedule 6 from Bill 229 and preserve the vital role of Conservation Authorities in local land use planning and permitting, and to support the continued delivery of a broad range of programs as directed by Conservation Authorities.
Doug Ford has been caught trying this before, and a massive public backlash saved the Greenbelt from developers. Now he's trying again with our wetlands -- and we can't let it happen.
Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities have developed a deep understanding of local ecosystems, and how to best protect them. Restricting the powers of Conservation Authorities weakens environmental protections, puts more power into the hands of private developers, and leaves Ontarians at risk.
Bhutila Karpoche says "Ford’s new law gutting conservation authorities will impact us all. The Humber river borders Parkdale—High Park and the impact of Hurricane Hazel was felt deeply. We must not remove protections put in place after the lessons from Hurricane Hazel."
We're deeply concerned that stopping non-mandatory Conservation Authority programs will adversely affect the health of our environment.
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