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ESA regulation legal challenge


It is not easy to sit quietly in court while the opposing side takes a sledgehammer to your core values. For instance, as long as an endangered species doesn’t disappear from Ontario altogether, then Cabinet is free to approve any regulation it chooses under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Recovery and benefit to the species be damned. As long as the minister formed an opinion, that’s all we are entitled to know – not how the opinion was arrived at. Transparency and process be damned.

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Fact and fiction

In 2007, to much acclaim, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) was passed with support from members of all parties. Just six years later, the Liberals are quietly trying to gut the act, the NDP are muzzled by one or two northern members seeking exemptions for forestry, and the Progressive Conservatives are raging on about how the act is “throttling”  industry. Only the Green Party has spoken out in defense of the act.

With the federal government appearing poised to weaken the Species at Risk Act, the situation couldn’t be more dire for Ontario’s species at risk. Given all the misinformation out there, it’s time to set the record straight.

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Caribou can’t vote!

Caribou can’t vote. Nor can they take part in the consultations the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is holding this week to solicit feedback concerning the animal’s survival.

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