Adequately Fund the Toronto Ravine Strategy in the 2019 Budget
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As Toronto has grown, our "concrete jungle" has largely replaced the vibrant and ancient wilderness that once grew here. Over 90% of our historic wetlands, forests, meadows, and savannas are now gone, and along with them a diversity of creatures that no longer call Toronto home: Karner blue butterflies, bashful bulrush, and river otters, to name only a few. As any Torontonian can see, and as literature and data produced over the last few years so clearly illustrates, the ecological health of the small fragments of natural habitat that remain, largely confined to our ravines, suffers under long-standing decline and continues to endure substantial and increasing pressures & threats. Our ravines are essential to the well-being of Torontonians and the enjoyment of our city, vital to the survival of many other species, and an irreplaceable wonder that helps to define Toronto on the world stage. The continued degradation of these remarkable places is a loss to all life in the city.
At the center of Toronto’s Ravine Strategy adopted by City Council in 2017 is the acknowledgement that our ravines are a "natural, connected sanctuary essential for the health and well-being of the city" (Toronto Ravine Strategy, Executive Summary) and that "All actions related to ravines should be guided by the overarching goal of protecting these spaces by maintaining and improving their ecological health." (Toronto Ravine Strategy, Page 5)
To date, however, the City has not funded the Ravine Strategy in any meaningful or lasting way. Without adequate funding, the Strategy is little more than "thoughts and prayers" and does not protect these important habitats and the creatures that inhabit them.
By signing this petition, you are demanding that the City of Toronto adequately fund implementation of the Ravine Strategy, by securing a dedicated source of funding, stable and sustaining for years to come. Further, you are insisting that these funds should be, first and foremost, used to protect the ecological health of our ravines.
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