BILL 55 as a serious threat to the integrity of Provincial Parks, Crown Forests and all Public Lands

by Barry Bridgeford
Ontario’s Environmental commissioner has given us warning that the province’s Bill 55 is far more than it first appears. I’ve dug into it, beyond the initial public outrage concerning Endangered Species. I consider BILL 55 as a serious threat to the integrity of Provincial Parks, Crown Forests and all Public Lands. I believe the governments support of Industrial Wind Turbines is leading them to use Bill 55 to try and secure industrial access to our Provincial Parks, Crown Forests and Public Lands.

I’ve itemized below the components of Bill 55 which I’m concerned would provide the government with the power to have Industrial Wind Turbines installed in our Provincial Parks, Crown Forests and Public Lands.

Schedule 15, page 55 .. changes to Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994
It sounds to me like the government wants to be able to delegate private parties with the right to operate and manage in Crown Forests with an unspecified range of powers, the consequence of which the government wants to absolve itself of responsibility for. This sounds to me like the government wants to give private parties free reign to operate in Crown Forests. To me, this equates to being able to give over Crown Forests to alternate energy project operators (such as industrial wind turbine corporations).

Schedule 58, page 294 .. changes to Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserve Act, 2006
Despite the original act’s limitations regarding “issuing of the land use permit or licence of occupation .. consistent with this Act and the regulations” (as per subsection 14 (2.1)), this change will give the Minister control over both the circumstances and terms of such permits! I see this as absolute discretion to grant land use permits within Provincial Parks to anyone, including alternate energy project operators (such as industrial wind turbine corporations).

Schedule 59, page 295 .. changes to Public Lands Act
Given that Public Land is synonymous with Crown Land, and given that Provincial Parks are a planning distinction of Crown Land Use Designation, I believe the Public Lands Act holds a serious foundation of authority under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserve Act. Again there’s the same issue of delegation of power to other than government workers, with the same
rejection of liability on the part of the government.

9 thoughts on “BILL 55 as a serious threat to the integrity of Provincial Parks, Crown Forests and all Public Lands

  1. Yup, McGuinty is giving away the whole province to anyone who wants it and for some weird reason The Media and a whole bag of Ontarians do not give a hoot!

  2. Barry:

    I think the Liberal Intelligentsia (or maybe it’s the three stooges) view Algonquin Park (and other Provincial Parks) as a source of Wood Pellets for the soon to be converted coal burning stations. Bio-fuel — it’s so ecological — eh?

    It would be consistent with their current plan to provide good jobs whacking down the forest. It creates a lot of Liberal voters — dontchaknow?

  3. McGuinty needs to be thrown out for even allowing this to happen….That is our Ontario and he has no right to touch our natural resources…..why doesn’t he just work on something that is productive and not destructive!

    • Remember how people complained that Mike Harris sold out to his buddies? It looks like McGoofy is contemplating his demise. Will he soon have some lucrative chairmanships and consulting contracts? That’s the question.

      • Mike Harris, whatever his shortcomings on various files, did create 378 new parks and protected areas covering 2.4 million hectares (over 6 million acres) in 1999 … see the link.

        http://www.ontla.on.ca/library/repository/mon/1000/10293416.htm

        Back in the late 1980s, Liberal Premiere David Peterson was trying to sell off public lands under the Crown Lands as a Development Tool (C.L.A.D.T.) program. Fortunately, he was kicked out of office before it was implimented.

        Now, we have McGuinty trying to undo Harris’ Lands For Life / Living Legacy program and the good work done previously by Bill Davis on the Ontario park system.

        Interestingly, if you listen to all these so-called “environmentalists”, they continue to play that same old tune: Conservatives bad for the environment, Liberals good for the environment. Strange thoughts coming from a group that is always accusing others of having a hidden agenda.

  4. Still a big mystery!

    ‘[excerpt] Ontario’s Environmental commissioner has given us warning
    that the province’s Bill 55 is far more than it first appears.’

    Bill 55 – a ‘speculators dream’
    In other words, our very own government has decided – in the best interest of its citizens
    it’s a ‘Good Idea’ – to allow ‘theft of government (Crown) property’ – that paves the way –
    for privateers to speculate on.

    Pray tell – who is writing policy in Ontario?
    Let’s ask this question twice?
    Who is writing policy in Ontario?

    What is the ‘collective value’ of the ‘Crown Lands’ – property?

    This is an intensely gross act – demonstrating –
    Liberals are Morons.

    How do you know – if you are a nut?

    Am I being a little too harsh?

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