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Betrayed! Ontario unravels protections for species at risk

American badger, Credit: Bethany Weeks CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

American badger, Credit: Bethany Weeks CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Part 1 of a 3 part blog series about the Province’s failure to uphold strong protections for our most vulnerable plants and animals.

I came back from vacation in mid-August to face a nasty surprise on the Environmental Registry: a government proposal to strip nine species at risk of their core legal protections under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA). If the provincial government proceeds as planned, these species and their habitats will no longer be protected from harm associated with forestry, mining exploration, energy development, residential and commercial development, and more.

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Stand up for the Algonquin wolf

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The best last-minute Father’s Day gift for Dad

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Running out of time to pick up a special gift for dad this Fathers Day? When you protect a share of the future Sydenham River Nature Reserve, you’ll be giving dad all kinds of rare gifts not available in stores.

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Time to ban the snapping turtle hunt

Snapping turtle, Credit: James Paterson

Snapping turtle, Credit: James Paterson

Snapping turtles are easy to recognize. They have a spiky tail like a little stegosaurus, and always fascinated me as a child. So I was troubled to learn that anyone with a fishing license can hunt them in Ontario. The federal government’s proposed new management plan for snapping turtles is an opportunity to finally ban the snapping turtle hunt, but so far it has come up short.

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Faithful to a fault: Protecting Ontario’s species at risk

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Jefferson salamander; credit: Scott Gillingwater

In just a few short weeks, the Jefferson salamander will begin its spring migration after spending a long winter burrowed underground.

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