Jan 21: Ontario Gov’t vs. Species at Risk

1st Anniversary of Eagle Nest Removal: It has been one year since an active bald eagle nest was cut down to build wind turbines nearby. Here is a history of the Ontario government’s dismantling of its Endangered Species Act:

  • December 20, 2012: MNR allows a wind company to “kill, harm and harass” two rare species, and to “damage and destroy” habitat.
  • January 04, 2013 (Friday evening): MNR announces “removal of a Bald Eagle nest site” approved days earlier
  • January 05, 2013 (Saturday morning): wind company cuts down tree with active eagle nest LFP Where were the Toronto media?
  • March 4, 2013: MNR uses the phrase “overall benefit permit” to avoid saying “kill, harm and harass”. Apparently, killing a species provides a net benefit to it.
  • Effective July 1, 2013: wind companies “may not need a permit” to kill (formerly) protected species OWR. Of the 210 Species At Risk in Ontario, wind companies still need a permit to kill golden eagles, if there are any in Ontario.
  • July 2013: Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) revokes approval to kill, harm and harass a rare turtle Wellington Times
  • August 2013: The Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the developer are challenging the ERT’s decision to protect a rare turtle SOP. Why does the Ministry of Environment want rare turtles killed? The hearings will begin 10 am, January 21, 2014 in room 3 at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. Attend these historic proceedings. For specifics click here.

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