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Ontario's Endangered Species are at Risk

Ontario is the proud parent to 15,000 different species. It is distressing to discover the number of these species facing extinction. Right now at least 199 different types of the wildlife that call Ontario home are at risk. This figure has been rising yearly, a trend which must be reversed as quickly as possible.

In honesty, the Endangered Species Act has not been updated since 1971. It goes without saying that much has changed since then - so why has the Act remained unexamined for so long?

The good news is that the Act is currently under review and the public has a month to respond to suggested amendments. That's one month to examine and evaluate an Act that hasn't been changed in 34 years.

Some of the changes suggested are good ones - others need to be reconsidered, and some that haven't been mentioned need to be added. Suggested changes include broader protection for species and habitat, more effective enforcement, enhanced recovery and stewardship, and changes meant to reflect the diverse needs of the province. These proposed changes, while important, completely exclude the fact that in evaluating how "at risk" a species is, the current process does not categorize a species as endangered until the numbers have dwindled to a point that makes recovery far more difficult and less successful than it should be.

Changes need to be made; the proposal to review and alter the Act is sound. However, a public response to the proposal will help the province in implementing this much-needed change far more effectively. You will find here instructions on where to send your comments, as well as more information about the changes being made. Take care of your own, Ontario; make use of your voice.

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