New lawsuit launched to protect Ontario’s endangered species

sign blanding turtleBy Dr. Anastasia Lintner, EcoJustice
There are many plants, birds and animals in Ontario whose survival is currently endangered or threatened. Without a concerted effort to ensure that these species are protected from harm, and have the homes and spaces necessary for their survival, we risk losing them altogether. The Ontario government has failed to deliver on its promise to defend endangered and threatened species.
And today, we’re doing something about that.

A promise to Ontarians and species at risk
In May 2007, we stood up with a coalition of environmental groups to celebrate significantly improved legal protections for Ontario’s at-risk species and their habitats. We saw the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA), as the best legal framework for protecting species at risk. It was a gold-star or A+ effort that was worth celebrating. All that was left to do was for the provincial government to implement the new law and uphold its commitment to use a strong, science-based approach to species protection.

A promise goes unfulfilled
Since the new law was put on the books, things have gone downhill.
2008: The Ontario government missed the deadline to put habitat protections into place for Woodland Caribou when the new law came into force.
2011: More than two years later, the Ontario government exempted logging, mining, road building activities from meeting requirements of the ESA for Woodland Caribou.
2012: The Ontario government attempted to amend the ESA through omnibus budget legislation. This effort failed at the all-party budget hearings, where committee members from the New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Party voted down the government’s proposed amendments.
2012: As a result of the continuing lack of effective implementation of the ESA, we gave Ontario a C+ in our 2012 report card on species protection.

Gutting the Endangered Species Act: Introducing exemptions
In December 2012, the Ministry of Natural Resources — including Minister David Orazietti — began consulting on proposed new regulations for the ESA. Despite public opposition to his proposal, Orazietti recommended (and Cabinet subsequently made) a new regulation that harms species by allowing major industries to avoid strict standards intended to protect at-risk species and their habitats. These new regulatory exemptions largely came into effect in July 2013. Read article

16 thoughts on “New lawsuit launched to protect Ontario’s endangered species

  1. Isn’t EcoJustice the legal arm of Sierra Club? Isn’t the Sierra Club in favour of IWT’s?

    • Founded in 1990 as Sierra Legal Defence Fund, Ecojustice has grown from a team of two in Vancouver to a national force that now includes staff lawyers and scientists in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Calgary.

      http://www.ecojustice.ca/about

      Yup a rat bag.

      I have noticed a trend in this group to latch onto any other group that looks like it could help — without checking them out.

      These weirdos in Eco-Justice could just be the ticket to scuttle the anti-wind turbine movement.

  2. English please!
    ‘[excerpt] 2012: The Ontario government attempted to amend the ESA through omnibus budget legislation. This effort failed at the all-party budget hearings, where committee members from the New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Party voted down the government’s proposed amendments.
    2012: As a result of the continuing lack of effective implementation of the ESA, we gave Ontario a C+ in our 2012 report card on species protection.’

    Oh those bad Conservatives…………….
    Really?

    • Isn’t anyone going to ask why these politicians
      1. The Conservative Party
      2. The New Democratic Party
      3. The Green Party
      were – ‘suspicious’ and ‘concerned’ –
      about proposed…………
      Liberal Party – ‘amendments’ – to the Endangered Species Act (ESA)?

      Will there be an EcoJustice parade?

  3. So – how corrupt is the Greenbelt legislation – when, some have said –
    it creates a ‘playground’ for the rich?

    ‘[excerpt] Economist and staff lawyer Dr. Anastasia Lintner believes that to protect and restore our precious water sources we need to better understand their true value.

    She’s currently advising several environmental groups on Ontario’s proposed provincial Great Lakes protection law and the provincial government’s plan to roll back its environmental policies. She has co-authored many Ecojustice and academic papers, including Greenbelt Wetlands Protection: How Effective is Policy? and Evaluating an Environmental Right: Information Disclosure, Public Comment, and Government Decision Making in Ontario (Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2008). – See more at: http://www.ecojustice.ca/about/staff/dr.-anastasia-lintner#sthash.gaQmvgGV.dpuf

    ‘[excerpt] Anastasia enjoys reading, practising calligraphy, canoeing, sipping a cold beverage or strolling along the Lake Ontario waterfront with her family.

    Office: Toronto

    Economist?……..
    ………….nothing ‘green or, wait, there’s that word again – ‘sustainable’
    No – nothing like that.

  4. Not once in this BS of an article did EcoJustice have the balls to call the enemies by name.

    These phony eco-freaks just can’t get their lips to form the words.

    Let me help: Green Energy Act, Industrial Wind Turbines.

    The problem is, EcoJustice and all their bandwagon buddies, who orgasmized over the GEA and IWTs right from the getgo, can’t bring themselves to fess up that their unwavering support of the above helped created the current threat to the endangered species they so crave to save.

    I’m surprised they haven’t tried to pin this on everyone’s favorite straw man: Mike Harris.

    Eco justice? … NOT!

    • I just wonder if they are getting Trillium Foundation grants to come up with a solution that involves “Turtle Walkers” to guide them across roads and around wind turbines.

      Any settlement would of course involve these freaks getting a multi-million dollar settlement to devise this plan and supervise the implementation — with a yearly stipend for some young eco-justice pioneers to use to grow fat and lazy over the years….

      All of this would be carefully staged in planning meetings over filet mignon and martini lunches — which are absolutely necessary if one wants “True Justice”… There are several excellent restaurants near Osgoode Hall…

      just sayin’

  5. On the listing the EcoJustice site provides of the industries that are exempted from the endangered species act they failed to include renewables. So I imagine their protest only includes the bad nasty industries like mining, mineral, oil and gas, housing, etc. The Sierra Club et al help create and promote this social, economic, political, environment for ramming IWTs here there and everywhere and I imagine this is not about to stop now.

    • On the listing the EcoJustice site provides of the industries that are exempted from the endangered species act they failed to include renewables.

      They live in another world…

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