Protecting Biodiversity

Cycles of Change

Liam Wacey

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The Letters to the Editor page is the most read page in the newspaper. Submitting a letter is an effective and important way to voice your support for grizzly bear recovery in Alberta.

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•    Letters should be short (300 words max) and focus on one main message.
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Advisory committee votes to hold Terry Fox extension

The Ottawa forests and greenspace advisory committee will ask city council to put the construction of the Terry Fox Drive Extension on hold and order a more thorough environmental review.

The committee passed a unanimous motion Monday night to ask the city to "immediately re-examine the demographic, transportational and economic rationale" for the project and to halt construction until an "in-depth ecological analysis is undertaken."

The request will come before the city's planning and environment committee, where it would need the endorsement of councillors before it could be voted on by City Council.

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But the highlands, a 895-hectare area of near-pristine woodlands and wetlands, have been identified by the province as a candidate for the designation of Area of Natural and Scientific Interest containing a complex of Provincially Significant wetlands.... Read more »

Dozens call for stop to Kanata Terry Fox Dr. extension

A few dozen concerned residents packed into a city committee meeting to make it known they oppose the extension of a main arterial road through a sensitive forest in Kanata.

It was standing room only at the city’s forest and greenspace advisory committee meeting Monday evening.

Marjorie Edwards, who lives on Old Carp Rd., said she fears the extension of Terry Fox Dr. will lead to more development and further destruction of sensitive environmental areas, with devastating consequences.

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Some changes have been made to construction plans, explained Shawn Taylor of Dillon Consulting — the company contracted to do design the roadway — including reducing the size of the road’s footprint.

Crews will also create a man-made wetland area by transplanting part of an established wetland area that will be destroyed to another location in the Carp River drainage plains.... Read more »

Advisory: City Staff on Hot Seat Over Terry Fox Drive Plans

OTTAWA– City Staff who are leading the Terry Fox Drive Extension project will have plenty of questions to answer when they speak at the City’s Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee meeting today.

Steve Stoddard, senior planner for the project, will make a presentation on the environmental implications and the City’s mitigation plan.  Also lining up to speak are Ottawa citizens who have many serious concerns about the planning and environmental assessment processes for the road.
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