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June 6, 2016 In May, 2016, the Government of Ontario proposed changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan. Generally the government has followed the advice of the Crombie Report which advocated maintaining and strengthening these plans. We encourage people to become informed and express their support of plans that protect natural lands and farmlands. For more information visit: www.ontario.ca September 30, 2016
May 12, 2016 Ontario initiated a review of the Conservation Authorities Act, on July 20, 2015. Based on input from a stakeholders committee and from the general public the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has released a summary of priorities “Conserving Our Future. Proposed Priorities for Renewal” to be used in guiding amendments .to the Act and are asking for further public input. We encourage people to become informed and express their support of an act that strengthens their role in flood and erosion control and maintenance of ecologically healthy watersheds. For more information visit: www.ebr.gov.on.ca September 9, 2016
May 18, 2016 On May 18 first reading was given to “Bill 205, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Amendment Act (Double-Crested Cormorants), 2016”, an amendment that would remove protection of the Double-crested Cormorant and put them in the same category as Eurasian Starlings and House Sparrows. The Act has passed 2 nd reading and has been referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly for review. This Act is being promoted by the misunderstanding that cormorants are having an negative impact on “sports fish” which is contrary to the statements from Environment Canada. We encourage people to become informed and express their views to their local MPP and the Minister for Natural Resources and Forests, Kathryn McGarry. For further information visit: www.thestar.com Not specified.