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Endangered Species Act Review: Ten things you need to know PART II

Ontario Nature Blog
May 2, 2019
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

In February 2019, we sounded the alarm about the provincial government’s plans to amend the Endangered Species Act, 2007. Well, their proposed amendments are in and it’s worse than we predicted. On April 18, 2019, Ontario’s Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks posted an overview of its proposed changes to Ontario’s ESA. These changes would roll back protections for Ontario’s most vulnerable plants and animals and give industry and developers the green light to destroy their habitats. In effect, if the changes go forward, the act would be repealed in everything but the name, rendering it pointless. Here are our top 10 concerns: Pay to slay… Rejecting science… Deserting “edge of range” species… Limiting protections… Sweeping authorizations for harmful activities… Dodging ESA requirements… Interfering with the listing of species at risk… Goodbye expert input… and Delays, delays, delays.

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