The fight for endangered species continues. Here is a copy of our comments on Schedule 5 of Bill 108. The ERO public comment period is over. Now we are focusing attention on MPPs. Please ask your MPP to save the Endangered Species Act by removing Schedule 5 from Bill 108. You can find your MPP here.
The Ontario government is moving to gut Endangered Species Act with Bill 108, More Homes More Choice Act. The amendments would rollback protections to expedite housing, forestry, and other commercial and industrial developments. Please take action to reverse the loss of our natural world beginning with saving Ontario’s Endangered Species Act.
When Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act was ushered in in 2007, we applauded it as the gold standard in North America. It’s something we worked really hard on. Protecting endangered species and their habitat is part of our core mandate at Wildlands League.
The United Nations has just warned that our natural world is collapsing and up to 1,000,000 species across the globe are at risk of extinction. Ontario and Canada are not immune to this biodiversity crisis. Instead of helping, the Ontario government is doubling down on reckless changes to the Endangered Species Act. Buried in Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act are 20 pages of amendments to the Endangered Species Act that effectively abandon species at risk.
We are standing up for species that don’t have a voice. We won’t allow the Ontario government to gut protections for species just to save a few bucks and to make life easier for business.
The Ontario government always has a choice when it comes to species protection. It could remove Schedule 5 from Bill 108 and fulfill its promise to protect at-risk species by enforcing the Endangered Species Act as intended. That means preventing industrial development, resource extraction or other activities from wiping out vulnerable species.
Fate of Ontario’s Endangered Plants and Animals Hang in Balance (April 18, 2016)
Environmental Groups Win Right to Appeal Endangered Species Decision (September 14, 2015)
Ontario guts Endangered Species legislation (June 3, 2013)