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Betrayed (yet again) Ontario unravels Greenbelt protection for species at risk

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

monarch butterfly at Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve, Credit: Noah Cole

monarch butterfly at Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve, Credit: Noah Cole

When we celebrated the passing of Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act (ESA) back in 2007, I could never have imagined that it might serve as a Trojan horse for development. Yet that is exactly what may happen. Alas, our tarnished and tattered ESA may open the door to development in the habitat of species at risk in the Greenbelt.

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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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Wildlife in Jeopardy Game

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How much do you know about Ontario’s species at risk? Play our Wildlife in Jeopardy game to test your knowledge and learn more about Ontario Nature’s Endangered Species Act lawsuit against the Government of Ontario.

How to play: Like the popular TV game show, choose your category and respond to the answers in the form of a question. Example – A: This orange and black butterfly depends on milkweed. Q: What is the monarch butterfly?

Work your way through the questions and tally the points for the ones you answer correctly. Compete with friends by sharing the blog and your scores on social media! Don’t forget to tag us: @ontarionature

Click here to play.

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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