Bill 55 amendments to Schedule 19 a license to kill

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The following schedule (19) being introduced by the Ontario Liberal Party as Bill 55: Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), removes any legal impediments and prohibitions that Industrial Wind Turbine developers would have encountered (and should have in cases like Wolfe Island) to destroy the habitat of and, harass and kill, species considered at risk or endangered under the Endangered Species Act in Ontario.

They can now, without legal recourse, squish as many Blanding’s Turtles as they please under the tires of their vehicles and need not be concerned if the bird and bat kill rates exceed those “specified” by already accepted agreements. I do hope the Environmental Non Governmental Organizations like the Suzuki Foundation, the Sierra Club and Environmental Defence among others, will take responsibility for their Industrial Wind Turbine development advocacy in this respect. This act removes prohibitions under the following two provisions of the Endangered Species Act:  Read article

7 thoughts on “Bill 55 amendments to Schedule 19 a license to kill

  1. Doesn’t Schedule 17 #10.2 mean that this only pertains to existing infrastructure? Therefore it would not apply to the building of new projects. It became very cumbersome reading but I saw this pointed out before when I first read it on this site.

    • I read it the same way. While the construction of Industrial Wind Turbines for example will be harmful to species at risk, it is the ongoing operation that is critical, particularly in reference to bird and bat kill rates. They become “infrastructure” once they are in operation.

  2. At the risk of exposing myself as being rather “simple”, I offer an apology for not being able to cut through the legal mumbo jumbo in this Act to determine the actual meaning.

    If I read Schedule 19 correctly, it only excuses persons who are engaged in maintaining, repairing or replacing infrastructure… not a company which is engaged in the construction of the infrastructure.

    Can someone save me from my embarrassment and paraphrase the various sections in plain English? I’ll be forever grateful!

    JS
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    • Jimmy, my reply to gaiagoddess covers your “read”. In my opinion these amendments became necessary because of the high kill rates at Transalta’s, Wolfe Island,
      Industrial Wind Turbine development. These ammendments being introduced in a “budget bill” suggests that the investor groups are exerting pressure due to concern about the growing opposition. Critical indicators of this are the growth of groups like Ontario Wind Resistence and threats to the “charitable” status of ENGOs like the Suzuki Foundation and Environmental Defence which have been endorsing Industrial Wind Turbine development.

  3. It is a real crime!
    Bill55, schedule 19 should be voted down–how dare the government protect endangered species on one hand and then allow greedy land owners and huge wind companies the opportunity to do just that!
    For Shame!!!!!!!!!

  4. THIS BILL 55 SCHEDULE 19 SHOULD BE DISALLOWED–WHERE EXACTLY DOES THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT STAND–FOR THE ENVIRONMENT OR BIG BUSINESS–IT IS POSSIBLE FOR BOTH TO WORK TOGETHER

    GET SMART OR GET OUT!!!

  5. Time to send another email. This link/ wesite is setup to make it easy. Other people and groups are also working on this so help them out.
    http://www.ethicaloil.org/write-the-revenue-minister/

    Message sent:
    To the Government of Canada, Ms.Shea, Minister of Revenue,

    It is illegal for charities in Canada to participate in partisan political activities. Please start enforcing this law.

    David Libby

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