Wilderness and Species Conservation

Doctors say: Please Stop Terry Fox Drive Extension

On behalf of the 4,700 members of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment,  I am writing to register my  disappointment at the city's decision to extend Terry Fox Dr. through the South March Highlands and Carp River Floodplain.

This is a beautiful area made up of wetlands and forests and is home to many threatened and endangered species including the Blanding's Turtle.  These turtles can take up to 25 years to reach maturity and even a 2-3% increase in their mortality can have a profound impact on their future survival.

By building this road we are losing a unique ecological area in the Ottawa region.

The $47.7 million that this road is expected to cost can be spent in so many better ways and doesn't need to be used to destroy critical habitat.

It is not too late to make the right decision and stop the building of this road.  All that is needed is leadership.


Turtles vs. Road: Terry Fox Dr. Extension Debate

OTTAWA--Sierra Club Canada's Executive Director, John Bennett, debates Briarbrook Morgan's Grant Community Association President Matt Muirhead on the subject of the Terry Fox Dr. extension this evening, Wednesday, March 24th.  The event will be moderated by Gord Henderson, President of the Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association.

The proposed Terry Fox Dr. extension will destroy critical habitat for a number of species including the threatened Blanding's Turtles as well as further fragment a unique ecological area to the Ottawa region.

When: Wednesday, Mar. 24th, 7:30 pm
Where: Beaverbrook Community Centre (west end of the Calian Mall, entrance off Beaverbrook Road, just west of Teron Road).
Link: http://www.facebook.com/sierraclubcanada#!/event.php?eid=364503812790&ref=mf

ACTION ALERT: This is our chance to protect Alberta’s grizzly bear.


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For the second time in a row, Alberta’s Endangered Species Conservation Committee, a multi-stakeholder committee representing government, First Nations, industry, forestry, academia, ranchers, hunters and conservationists, has recommended that Alberta’s Grizzly Bear be listed as a Threatened species under the Wildlife Act.

It is now up to Sustainable Resource Development Minister Mel Knight to decide if the grizzly bear will be given the legal protection it needs. ... Read more »

Group wants grizzlies on threatened list, now

EDMONTON — Alberta's Endangered Species Conservation Committee has recommended for the second time in eight years that grizzly bears be listed as a threatened species, but even that designation -- if accepted by the Alberta government -- might not stop them from being hunted, says University of Alberta biologist Mark Boyce.

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But the Sierra Club's Carl Morrison says Albertans want action now.

"I think Albertans have been really clear that they want the government to act on recovery and I don't think there is need to delay acting on this recommendation any longer," he said. "It's been eight years. Albertans and grizzly bears can't afford any more delays."

SRD Minister Mel Knight must quit playing politics with Alberta's threatened grizzly bear!

Check out this video link from Question Period. Sustainable Resource Development Minister Mel Knight repeatedly avoids giving simple answers to simple questions about listing the Alberta's grizzly bear as Threatened.

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