Sierra Club Ontario was a strong supporter of the Ontario Endangered Species Act from the moment that the McGuinty Government proposed it. We worked with our environmental community colleagues to help fine tune it and I deputed before a Queen’s Park committee in support of the ESA. Was the final product perfect? No it was not, but at least we had a species protection act that attempted to be comprehensive and had some basis in science. Those were the good old days.
Now we are faced with a situation in which the stewards of the ESA, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), are proposing these sweeping changes to the Act:
· A five-year exemption for all logging operations, affecting a 45 million hectare area