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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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Who will stand up for wetlands?

Credit: Rusty Clark

Pickerel weed in wetland, credit: Rusty Clark CC BY 2.0

Since I began volunteering for Ontario Nature last year, I have learned a lot about Ontario’s species at risk. Recently, I discovered that more than 20 percent rely on wetlands for survival.

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A major blow for endangered species

Bobolink is a threatened grassland bird in Ontario. Credit: David Watkins.

Bobolink is a threatened grassland bird in Ontario. Credit: David Watkins.

We received deeply disappointing news on May 28, 2015 that has galvanized us in the continued fight to protect Ontario’s wild species. Ontario’s Divisional Court upheld a provincial regulation that exempts major industries from the protection of the Endangered Species Act and allows them to kill species at-risk and destroy their habitat.

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Conservation intern responds to ESA ruling

Blanding's turtle hatchlings by Scott Gillingwater.

Blanding’s turtle hatchlings by Scott Gillingwater.

Last month, Ontario’s Divisional Court upheld the provincial regulation 176/13 which provides major industries, such as forestry, energy transmission and mining, extensive exemptions from prohibitions outlined in the once “gold standard” Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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