Sierra Club Canada invites you on a "Turtle Walk"

(Ottawa) Sierra Club Canada is inviting the public to join Executive Director, John Bennett on a guided walk through the South March Highlands site of the contentious Terry Fox Drive extension project.  It will get underway at the All Saints Catholic High School on Saturday March 20th at 1 pm (5115 Kanata Avenue at the intersection of Kanata Avenue and Goulbourn Forced Road).  The purpose of the walking tour is to witness the beauty of the area, which is home to wetlands, forests, and threatened and endangered species such as the Blanding’s Turtles.

 “This is a chance for the hundreds of Ottawa residents who have voiced their opposition to this irresponsible and unnecessary road project to see just what is at stake,” said Mr. Bennett.

The relaxing of federal environmental protection rules in the 2009 budget and millions of dollars in federal and provincial funding advanced this project ten years ahead of schedule.  Construction has already begun on the first phase of this $47.7 million road despite not having the necessary permits from the province.  The larger portion, Phase B, is still awaiting provincial approval.

 “All we are asking for is a little common sense.  Why push through a project when we know there are threaten and endangered species just because you got some easy money?” said Mr. Bennett.

From the school it will take approximately 10 minutes to reach the trails.  The walk will last for about 20-30 minutes.  Please note that this may be a very difficult walk for some.  The terrain can be rugged and there may still be snow.

“Turtles walk slow and so will we but keep in mind the tortoise is usually the winner,” said Mr. Bennett.

The walk will be followed up next week with a debate on the future of the Blanding’s Turtle and several other species between John Bennett, Executive Director of Sierra Club Canada and Matt Muirhead, President of the Briarbrook Morgan’s Grant Community Association.  The evening will be moderated by Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association President, Gordon Henderson.  It will take place at the Beaverbrook Community Centre on Wednesday March 24, 2010 at 7:30 pm.
For full event details visit: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=364503812790&ref=mf

For more information on SCC's campaign, please visit: http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/endangered-species/save-blandings-turtle

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John Bennett
Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
jb@sierraclub.ca
(o) 613.241.4611 x222
(c) 613.291.6888
Toll free: 1.888.810.4204

            

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