Call to Action

Minister Wilkinson, don’t let the plastics lobby stand in the way of ending Canada’s plastic problem.

We can’t let our environment be controlled by special interests. Canada needs to transition to a circular economy, where reduction, reuse, and repair are prioritized, and problematic single-use plastics are banned.  Send a letter
 

Action Alert – We Need Our Conservation Authorities

The CELA will host a Webinar November 17, 2020 about the proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act contained in Bill 229 now available on You tube here

On November 5, 2020, the Ontario government tabled omnibus budget measures Bill 229 in the Ontario Legislature, Schedule 6 of which proposes fundamental changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and to the conservation authorities’ role in land use planning.
Bill 229 is the most recent in a disturbing trend of using omnibus budget measures bills to make substantial changes to environmental laws, thereby sidestepping the public’s right to comment under the Environmental Bill of Rights.
CELA
(Canadian Environmental Law Association) recommends that Schedule 6 not be enacted in its present form and instead be withdrawn in its entirety from Bill 229.
Further, CELA recommends that the Ontario government immediately seek to ensure that the current mandate of the province’s 36 conservation authorities is maintained and enhanced, in order to effectively protect, restore and manage the watersheds where 95 percent of the people of Ontario reside. Read‘The developers are all in control’: Doug Ford’s government moves to limit the power of conservation authorities, sparking fears for the environment– muskokaregion.com -the Toronto Star. Write Norm Miller

Provincially Significant Wetlands no longer safe from development

The Government of Ontario is showing its true colours with recent moves to ride roughshod over protections for Provincially Significant Wetlands.

Please join Ontario Nature in urging the Government of Ontario to respect and uphold protections for Provincially Significant Wetlands and to stop its misuse of Minister’s Zoning Orders. Sign nowHere

Read — more about Minister’s Zoning Orders — MZO’s. – Here

Call to Phase-Out Ontario’s Gas-Fired Power Plants

Picture of map of train corridor

Kitchener and Halton Hills Councils have called on the Ontario provincial government to phase out gas-fired power plants. Ask your Municipal Council to pass a similar resolution. You can download a draft resolution to send to your council here. You can sign as an individual – here. Read the Ontario Clean Air Alliance‘s report on how Ontario can phase out its gas-fuelled power plants here. | Find your Counsellors → Bracebridge | Georgian Bay | Gravenhurst | Huntsville | Lake of Bays | Muskoka Lakes | District of Muskoka