(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.
(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: