STAY SAFE AND STAY WELL

 

 

ACT NOW to PRESERVE and PROTECT ONTARIO’S ENVIRONMENT and

KEEP ONTARIANS HEALTHY and SAFE!

 

On November 5, 2020, the Province proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act in Schedule 6 of the omnibus Bill 229, the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act, that would put Ontario’s environment and the health and safety of its citizens at risk by drastically curtailing and changing the role of the mandate of conservation authorities.

 

On November 27, We Love Oakville submitted our opposition to Schedule 6. These are excerpts from the letter to the Province. 

 

We value our conservation authorities’ critical roles undertaken in accordance with science-based evidence in:

  • planning services to provincial agencies and municipalities regulating or guiding development in or adjacent to watersheds and Natural Heritage Systems,

  • protecting and preserving of our natural environment, the Greenbelt, Natural Heritage Systems, urban green spaces, watersheds, and wetlands,

  • connecting the public, especially youth, with the environment through educational programs,

  • actively managing, guiding, and implementing regulations to create a sustainable and climate resilient Ontario, and

  • protecting water resources through flood plain management and ensuring access to safe drinking water for the health and safety of all Ontarians.

 

We strongly urge you to strike out, in its entirety, Schedule 6 from Bill 229. After all, the decisions we make today not only affects us, but also inhibits future generations to benefit from access to safe drinking water, a rich biodiversity, and a sustainable ecosystem.

IT IS NOT TOO LATE to PROTECT CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES:

1. Sign an online letter – There are three organizations that offer this option: 

2. Submit a written statement to the Standing Committee of Finance and Economic Affairs by Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. A detailed guide and template are provided here to help.

 

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