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Ontario: Don't gut our Conservation Authorities

Thank you for standing up for Conservation Authorities!

It’s disappointing that Schedule 6 in Bill 229, with its destructive attack on wetlands, river valleys, and flood protection, was passed by the provincial government and is now law.

The Ontario government’s gutting of Conservation Authorities got so much attention due to your efforts. Thank you to everyone who phoned their MPP, posted on social media, wrote letters, emailed, shared stories or rallied friends and family to do the same. We may not have removed Schedule 6, but together we have made this into a huge liability for the Ontario government, one which they will have to bear responsibility for from now on.

And you can be sure, the fight to protect Ontario’s forests, wetlands, farmlands and river valleys is not over.  Stay tuned for more detials.

Read why Conservation Authorities are importantWatch a thank you video from Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental DefenceDownload and print a poster to show your care about protecting Ontario’s EnvironmentWatch the Webinar: Protecting Ontario’s Environmental Future – What’s next after the gutting of Conservation Authorities?

Resignation letters from Greenbert Council members in protest of the Ontario government’s attack on Conservation Authorities:

David Crombie (Chair), Pamela Blais,Marcy Burchfield,Deborah Martin-Downs,Kevin Eby,Leith Moore,Wayne Caldwell,Lynn Morrow

Changes to Ontario’s planning laws and to the Growth Plan, make it easier for sprawl developers to pave over farmland, forests and wetlands.                                                                                                                       

What we do on the land impacts water. More sprawl and highways and weaker planning rules mean more runoff, pollution and flooding.

At a time when we should be working to help and restore endangered species and protect wild nature, the Ontario government has gutted the law that protects endangered species.                                                                                                                                 

Climate change is an urgent crisis. But instead of doing more to fight climate change, Ontario cancelled most of the programs that helped industry and individuals reduce carbon pollution.                                                                                                                                             

The Ontario government repealed the Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and reversed progress on air pollution. This is a serious threat to our health, and a daily reality for many communities living at the fenceline of industrial areas, such as Sarnia                                

Groups throughout Ontario are taking action to protect our water, forests and natural areas. Visit the hotspots map to see what communities are impacted.                                                                                                                              

Ontario is Yours To Protect

Ontario is blessed with abundant freshwater, some of Canada’s best farmland, diverse wildlife and natural spaces we can all enjoy. But these features are under threat from the Ontario government. The province is removing important environmental protections to make it easier for sprawl to pave over prime farmland and industry to pollute our water and land, and to threaten wildlife

That’s why we came together to say that we live here, we love this province and we are not going to let it be dug up, paved over, and polluted.

Join us. Ontario is YOURS TO PROTECT.

Find out what’s at Risk

See what areas are most vulnerable to decreased environmental protections. Your home could be exposed to increased flood risk or your favourite vacation spot could be paved over.

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Cancel Highway 413

Highway 413 (also known as the GTA West Highway) will pave over farms, forests and a section of the Greenbelt while doing nearly nothing to improve commutes. Ontatio must cancel Highway 413.

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