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Leading environmental groups available for rapid reaction to new special report on at-risk species in Ontario

Media Advisory

Interview opportunity about brazen gutting of Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections

Attention: Assignment Editors; Environment Reporters/Media Event: Rapid reaction from conservation experts immediately following the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s media conference for the release of a special report: Laying Siege to the Last Line of Defence: A Review of Ontario’s Weakened Protections for Species at Risk.

Senior representatives from Wildlands League, Ontario Nature and Ecojustice will be available for interviews following the press conference by the Environmental Commissioner. In September 2013, Wildlands League and Ontario Nature sued the Ontario government over its decision to exempt major threats to species at risk from the province’s Endangered Species Act. Ecojustice is providing the two groups with legal counsel.

Details:

Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

Room 148, Queen's Park Media Studio, Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Legislative Building, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario

Timeline:

- May 2007: ESA is passed with broad support from the province’s major political parties and environmental organizations.

- March 2012: Province introduces omnibus budget bill with crippling ESA amendments.

- June 2012: Following public outrage, amendments are removed from the budget bill.

- July 2013: Province guts ESA with sweeping exemptions for major industries.

- September 2013: Ecojustice, Ontario Nature and Wildlands League sue the government to reverse exemptions and defend spirit of the ESA.

To arrange an interview or for more details, please contact:

Anna Baggio, Director, Conservation Planning | Wildlands League, 416-453-3285 (mobile)

John Hassell, Communications Manager | Ontario Nature, 416-786-2171 (mobile)

Dr. Anastasia Lintner, Staff Lawyer | Ecojustice, 647-705-7564 (mobile)

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