Joint Letter About Proposed Ontario Offsetting Policy ERO 019-6161
We, the 56 undersigned organizations, are deeply concerned about the proposed development of a natural heritage offsetting policy in the context of current major legislative and policy changes that are eroding environmental protections across the province (e.g. , changes to the Conservation Authorities Act, the Planning Act, and the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System, removal of lands from the Greenbelt). Although the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is proposing a net-gain approach, decades of evidence suggest that even no net loss is rarely achieved through offsetting. We urge extreme caution should MNRF choose to proceed, and request that you strike an expert panel to advise on policy options and carry out full Indigenous and public consultation on the draft policy if and when it is developed.
Joint Comment ERO - 019-6160 Proposed Update to the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System
We, the 70 undersigned organizations, are strongly opposed to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's (MNRF) proposed changes to the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES), as they would completely undermine the protection of wetlands in Ontario. As you know, the OWES is a science-based ranking system that provides a standardized approach to determining the relative value of wetlands. OWES assessments are necessary to designate Provincially Significant Wetlands (PSWs). This designation in turn results in a high level of protection under provincial law and policy such as the Provincial Policy Statement (sections 2.1.4, 2.1.5 and 2.1.8). Yet the complete overhaul of the OWES, as proposed, will ensure that very few wetlands would be deemed provincially significant in the future and that many if not most existing PSWs could lose that designation. As a result, very few of Ontario's wetlands would benefit in the future from the protection that PSW designation currently provides. We urge you not to proceed with the proposed changes to the OWES, for the reasons outlined below.
Joint Comment - Letter of Support to World Heritage Committee re: Wood Buffalo National Park 17 August 2022
As a group of fifteen Indigenous organizations and civil society organizations, we write to the leads of the IUCN/World Heritage Centre Reactive Monitoring Mission for Wood Buffalo National Park to express our collective concern with the deterioration of Outstanding Universal Values (OUV) of Wood Buffalo National Park World Heritage Site and express our agreement with decision 44 COM 7B.190 by the World Heritage Committee that the property likely meets the criteria for inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger.
Joint Comment - WCS + Oceans North Letter to Canada re: CITES CoP19 Shark Proposal - July 2022
A joint letter to Adam Burns, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Canada urging Canada to support strong, science-based proposals to include additional shark species on the Appendix II at the 19th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP19) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The addition of the requiem and hammerhead shark and guitarfish ray family-level listing proposals would, when combined with the Appendix II shark and ray listings adopted at the past three CoPs, help ensure that only legal, sustainable trade in sharks and rays can continue.
Joint Comment - Proposed Amendment to the Greenbelt expansion ERO #019-4485 - 22 April 2022
Sixty-two organizations signed a letter to the Honorable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to convey disappointment over the narrow scope of the proposed expansion to the Greenbelt in Ontario. The letter recommends a new, expanded approach to urban river valleys (URVs), the inclusion of the Paris Galt Moraine, cancellation of Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass, and includes a list of places that should be added to the Greenbelt expansion.
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