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Create a sustainable, ecologically healthy, 100 square kilometre, National Rouge Park

A 100+ km2 public land assembly surrounds the Rouge River and Duffins Creek watersheds in Toronto, Markham and Pickering. This publicly-owned provincial, federal and municipal land is predominantly designated Provincial Greenbelt "natural heritage system" and it is:

- home to the endangered Carolinian forest and mixed-woodland plain life zones of Canada, zones with 1/3 of Canada's endangered species;

- the ancestral home of Mississauga, Huron Wendat and Seneca First Nations and their sacred burial & village sites;

- the last chance to create a large national park in southern Ontario, - an area with 34% of Canada's population, 77% of its land in agriculture and human settlement uses and only 1/400th of its land protected in National Parks.

It is commendable that the Government of Canada plans to create a Rouge National Park, however, the May 2012 draft Rouge National Urban Park Concept:

- ignores the ecological vision and policies of approved Rouge Park Plans and Provincial Greenbelt legislation;

- ignores the ecological integrity role of the existing Rouge Park and a true Canadian National Park;

- ignores longstanding plans for a 600+ metre wide forested Rouge Park "main ecological corridor" between Lake Ontario and the Oak Ridges Moraine;

- confines the park study area to 57 km2 instead of the 100 km2 public land assembly needed for a healthy and sustainable Rouge National Park.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Prime Minister of Canada
    The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
  • Member of Parliament - Scarborough Centre
    Roxanne James, M.P.
  • Vice President - External Relations and Visitor Experience, Parks Canada
    Andrew Campbell
  • CEO - Parks Canada
    Alan LaTourelle
  • Member of Provincial Parliament - Scarborough Centre
    The Honourable Brad Duguid, M.P.P.
  • Premier of of the Province of Ontario
    The Honourable Kathleen Wynn, M.P.P.
  • Minister of Infrastructure, Transportation - Ontario
    The Honourable Glen Murray, M.P.P.
  • Leader, New Democratic Party of Canada / Chef, Nouveau Parti démocratique du Canada
    Tom Mulcair
  • Leader, Green Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Vert du Canada
    Elizabeth May
  • Prime Minister of Canada/Premier ministre du Canada
    Justin Trudeau
  • Leader, Conservative Party of Canada / Chef, Parti Conservateur du Canada
    Stephen Harper
  • Leader, Liberal Party of Canada/Chef, Parti libéral du Canada 
    Leader, Liberal Party of Canada/Chef, Parti libéral du Canada Justin Trudeau
  • Member of Parliament - Scarborough - Agincourt
    Jim Karygiannis, M.P.
  • Member of Parliament - Outremont, Leader of the New Democrat Party
    Thomas Mulcair, M.P.
  • Member of Parliament - Halifax, NDP Environment Critic
    Megan Leslie, M.P.
  • Minister of Finance
    The Honourable Jim Flaherty
  • Member of Parliament Calgary Southwest
    Stephen Harper
  • Minister of the Environment
    The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
  • Superintendent - Parks Canada
    Pam Veinotte
  • Member of Parliament - Scarborough Rouge River
    Rathika Sitsabaiesan, M.P.
  • Member of Parliament - Etobicoke North, Liberal Environment Critic
    Kirsty Duncan, M.P.
  • Member of Parliament - Saanich - Gulf Islands, Leader of the Green Party
    Elizabeth May, M.P.
  • Member of Parliament - Wellington - Halton Hills
    Michael Chong, M.P.
  • Member of Parliament - Pickering - Scarborough East
    Corneliu Chisu, M.P.
  • Member of Parliament - Ajax - Pickering, Minister of Infrastructure
    The Honourable Chris Alexander
  • Member of Parliament - Papineau, Leader of the Liberal Party
    Justin Trudeau, M.P.
  • Minister of Science
    Kirsty Duncan

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