McGuinty continuing to gut ministry of natural resources

When other departments of natural resources in their respective areas of the world are making great strides to enhance the natural resources for the recreational well being of citizens, it is sad to watch Ontario’s natural resources slide into disrepair.

Former Ministry of Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield was dropped from Cabinet in McGuinty’s cabinet shuffle of Jan. 18, but not before completing what she had been put in place to accomplish.

A complete organizational re-structuring within the MNR saw the forestry file moved to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and sweeping changes implemented to the internal structure of an MNR that no longer includes a Fish & Wildlife Branch. The MNR has been turned into a ministry of biodiversity and environmentalism.

The new minister, Linda Jeffrey, inherits an MNR rendered insignificant, a ministry gutted by years of funding shortfalls and political indifference, a ministry with a new “biodiversity” strategy to protect and conserve the biodiversity in Ontario.

Unfortunately, the Liberal government is using the word biodiversity with no idea of what it means. It is yet another attempt by the governing Liberals to provide the perception that they care as they continue to do nothing to benefit Ontario’s natural resources.

Biodiversity is “the interconnectedness of all life forms from trees to bees, humans to bacteria. In their many connections, these organisms create systems necessary to support the health of our environment and those who live within it.”

Common sense would dictate that the management of Ontario’s ecosystem would recognize the interconnectedness of our natural resources. Forestry science and forest management are an integral part of the ecosystem and the management inseparable from responsible management of the fishery and the rest of our ecosystem.

If the Ministry of Natural Resources is, as its motto states, responsible on behalf of the people of Ontario for protecting and managing Crown forest lands and resources in a sustainable manner for a wide range of values for both present and future generations then perhaps the MNR needs to be given the direction and the wherewithal to get the job done.

When other departments of natural resources in their respective areas of the world are making great strides to enhance the natural resources for the recreational well being of citizens, it is sad to watch Ontario’s natural resources slide into disrepair.

Gaye Smith Paisley

11 thoughts on “McGuinty continuing to gut ministry of natural resources

  1. I understand the Scientilogists are now running the MOE research departments.

  2. There’s a MOE “research” department?? I thought they spent their entire budget on one huge rubber stamp.

  3. Yes they certainly have rubber stamped every single Environmental Assessment by the wind company and not approved even one requested independent study! SHOCKING!

    They have become complicit facilitators of wind companies and not the safeguard we have always counted on!

    How do they sleep at night???

  4. “How do they sleep at night???”

    Soundly… there are no turbines in “their” neighbourhoods!

  5. I personally have had many conversations and dealings with the actual “workers” inside MNR and have found every person not only willing to help but I found them “exceptional” people and scientists. They studied hard and obtained degrees in Universities in their specific fields of expertise because they truly believe they will make a difference when working with wildlife and our natural ecosystem in Ontario.

    These workers are also as upset if not more so than US, the normal Ontario Citizen, because they are being “ruled” by incompetent uneducated “jackasses” who couldn’t plant a potato let alone know what the word “bio-diversity” means!

    Time to get our Ministries back into the way they used to operate…..for the people and the land instead of the “jackasses” calling themselves “OUR politicians!”

  6. Melodie …err, I think it is Ministry of the Environment that used to grant Environmental Assessments, not MNR.

  7. I didn’t say MNR. I am talking about when the wind company submits their Environmental Screening Report. I shouldn’t have said “Assessment”, sorry, thanks for pointing that out.

  8. Well, I expect we’ll have even more reports of “confused” bald eagles who died from Wind Turbines.
    Don’t know if they will ever be able to understand Wind Turbines place in the “interconnectedness of all life forms from trees to bees, humans to bacteria. In their many connections, these organisms create systems necessary to support the health of our environment and those who live within it.”
    Biodiversity my ass.

  9. Dalton McGuinty is the first to admit that his government’s promotion of green energy as the saviour of our planet is “for the birds”

  10. Norfolk Victims of Industrial Wind Turbines [NVoIWT’s] know a great deal about the wildlife mentioned by Sick Turbines above and by Paul on another thread.

    It was a bald eagle which was found at the base of one of the 18 Vestas 1.65 MW IWT’s which surround our homes within a 3 km radius. Besides the tragedy of the death of one of a pair out of nine pairs in Norfolk county, there is the tragedy that those responsible were not charged under the SAR Act at the time and thirdly, a comment by the MNR official who was contacted about this battered eagle saying that “the eagle was careless”!

    It is not the eagle, nor the other wildlife which are careless, it is the humans around us who are seeing only their own narrow, circumscribed lair, who care only about their own and give no thought to the collateral damage they wreak on their victims.

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