Protecting Biodiversity

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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Little left to celebrate at B.C. Forest Service

In less than two years, British Columbia's Forest Service will reach an historic milestone, celebrating its 100th year of public service.

But a growing number of former and current public servants are privately beginning to ask whether the venerable institution will survive to its centennial year, and if it does, what will be left of it.

They've good reason to ask, especially after a bombshell of a memo delivered to forest service staff by Deputy Minister of Forests Dana Hayden on April 12.

Hayden's memo outlines a broad plan to axe 204 positions. Including cuts announced in January, almost 250 jobs have been earmarked for elimination in the first four months of 2010, and the memo indicates that more cuts lie ahead.... Read more »

Pesticide a Lake for Earth Day

OTTAWA--At an annual general meeting held 20 kilometers south of Parliament Hill, members of the community of Lakeland Estates in Greely, Ontario, took a pesticide oath and voted in favour of a pesticides program being immediately implemented. Tragically, the decision to apply the pesticides occurred on the eve of Earth Day. 

New board members of Lakeland Estates were sworn to take an oath that they would support the use of pesticides on their surrounding quarry lakes.  The decision was approved by a majority show of hands. Tomorrow is D-day for the first pesticides treatment of Copper Sulphate, used to combat algal blooms. The next treatments of Diquat and Copper Sulphate appear ready for June.
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City of Ottawa Sacrifices One of City’s Oldest Trees for Terry Fox Extension

OTTAWA -- A Black Sugar Maple that was more than 200 years old has been felled to make way for the extension of Terry Fox Drive in Kanata. The maple was cut along with a stand of tall White Pine (100 feet) and other mature healthy Black Maples.

“That tree was as old as Confederation.  It was on the edge of the roadway, in perfect health, and the City could have easily retained it,” says Paul Renaud, part of a coalition of citizens concerned about the impact of the new road.  “This is one more example of the City’s reckless disregard for the significant natural features of the area.”

Coalition members have studied the project and uncovered a long chain of questionable decisions and misleading reports in its planning and approval.  They say the City has failed to heed the results of public consultations which clearly identified ecological concerns as the top criteria for choosing the route of the new road.... Read more »

Meeting with your MLA

Contacting your MLA

This document provides information that may be useful if you plan on contacting your MLA regarding grizzly bear recovery in Alberta. It covers:

  • How to contact your MLA
  • Why it is important to contact your MLA
  • Talking points to discuss with your MLA
  • Coordinating a group meeting with your MLA

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact .

How to contact your MLA

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