Nith Valley EcoBoosters

(1)  We have endorsed a letter that opposes the Ontario Government’s proposal to remove the prohibition on aggregate extraction in the          habitat of threatened and endangered species in the regional Natural Heritage System of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

 

  • Here is the letter that was sent to Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark, and copied to Ministers Yurek (MECP) and Yakabuski (MNRF), the Commissioner of the Environment, the leaders of the other major political parties, and the federal Minister of  the Environment:  http://nvecoboosters.com/growthplan.pdf

       In addition to the letter mentioned above, we have also endorsed an Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) submission that               opposes the Ontario Government’s proposed changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe area. It includes the                   aggregates issue discussed in the letter, but other issues as well, and it is part of the official public consultation. It was written by the               Canadian Environmental Law Association, with input from Ontario Nature and Environmental Defence.

 

  • The Growth Plan was established in 2006 to better manage growth and protect the natural environment across the Greater Golden  Horseshoe, one of the fastest growing regions in North America and home to at least a third of Ontario’s species at risk. After  extensive  public consultation, the plan was amended in 2017 to include, among other changes, a regional Natural Heritage System  offering a higher level of protection for key hydrologic and natural features and areas. The government is now proposing to undermine  this higher level of protection by removing the Growth Plan policy that prohibits aggregate operations and wayside pits and  quarries  in the habitat of endangered and threatened species throughout the Natural Heritage System.  These proposed changes will  also lead to more sprawl, more gridlock, more flooding, and less greenspace and farmland. Here is the document opposing these  proposed changes that was sent to the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO):  http://nvecoboosters.com/growthplanERO.pdf

 

 

(2)  As part of our community activity, we are supporting the group Citizens for Safe Groundwater who are opposing the approval of a                gravel pit in our community. To support their position, we submitted the following letter to the Township of Wilmot:

 

 

 

(3)  Along with 111 other organizations, we are requesting that the Government of Ontario retain the current mandate of the province’s 36          Conservation Authorities in protecting, restoring, and managing the watersheds where 95 percent of Ontarians reside.  The following              letter was sent to Premier Doug Ford on behalf of all 112 Ontario organizations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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