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conservation

19 petitions

Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Mayor Rob Burton, Oakville Town Council, Kevin Flynn, Eleanor McMahon, Gary Carr, Mélanie Joly

Save historic Glen Abbey from destruction and development

The Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, a site of significant cultural and natural heritage is threatened with destruction by a proposed high density development of residential, commercial and retail spaces on its limited greenspace.  Situated on the heritage-designated former Raydor Estate, the present course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus in his first foray in championship course design. As of 2007, majority ownership of the club property changed to predatory property developer Rai Sahi of Morguard Corp., who as of last year called for the site's destruction. It is Canada's most famous golf course for 40 years, and has also been home to Golf Canada and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. It has hosted 28 Canadian Open Championships, more than any other course, with the first having been in 1977. Many historic sports achievements have occurred on this course, including a shot by PGA star Tiger Woods regarded as the most spectacular both of Woods' career and in recent PGA Tour history (video above). The course in this half century has not only defined the Town of Oakville's identity, but also provides significant economic benefits for the hundreds employed in the service and hospitality sector when hosting one of the largest international sports events in all of Canada. The proposed development calls for the significant destruction of the manicured and natural landscape, woodland canopy and rich soils to be replaced by enormous multi-level structures in a mature site expressly and historically zoned for perpetual recreational purposes.  The proposal ignores the Town's significant official plan, which concentrates meaningful growth in other specified areas with transportation infrastructure and economic activity.  In so doing, the developer's proposal encourages a perverse density that will overwhelm the existing Town corridors and facilities, adversely affecting neighbouring residents and businesses. This development will disembowel the proverbial heart of Oakville, scarring its cultural and natural legacy. This petition calls upon the Mayor Rob Burton and Town Councilors, as well as Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville Kevin Flynn, and Provincial Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon and Halton Region Chair Gary Carr to oppose the destruction of Glen Abbey by recognizing the intangible value of cultural and natural heritage of preserving Glen Abbey and thereby the legacy of nature, sport and history for future generations. Save Glen Abbey, the heart of Oakville and national treasure.  

Save Glen Abbey
7,574 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Bill Mauro, Kathryn McGarry, Fred Eisenberger, Ken Hewitt, Alan Caslin, Sandy Annunziata, James Kaspersetz, Brian Baty, J. Stewart Beatti, Frank Campion, Patrick Darte, Jim Diodati, April Jeffs, Douglas Joyner, JOHN MALONEY, Tony Quirk, Rob Shirton, Bruce Timms, Walter Sendzik, Kathleen Wynne

Accountability at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA)

WHEREAS there is a perception of a proclivity to favour developers at the expense of conservation and the NPCA’s official mandate; despite irrefutable, documented evidence, the NPCA has neglected to enforce conservation regulations when the infraction involves a developer.   WHEREAS the Board has demonstrated favouritism to friends, and fellow Board members, by awarding untendered contracts to under-qualified individuals replacing professional, well trained, fully qualified employees; The Board has further engendered a toxic environment for employees, and Board members, who disagree with their actions by threatening action in the event of perceived "whistle-blowing". WHEREAS we feel the only way to stop the uncontrolled destruction of our green spaces in the name of development is to dissolve the Board of Directors of the NPCA and appoint a caretaker board. THEREFORE   We demand Premier Wynne show some leadership in this urgent issue and stepin to that end; We demand the municipalities which contribute to the NPCA immediately recall their representatives until such a time as a complete forensic audit is completed; we recommend any future board comprise at minimum half citizen representatives with relevant specializations to be selected after an application process;  we recommend any future board be prohibited from stacking mayors as it is perceived to be a conflict of interest. For more information or to contact the Save Thundering Waters Forest crew, email us at: email the STWF6 crew at: stwf6info@gmail.comSome highlights of recent controversy include, though are not limited to: Member of the Board of Directors, Mayor Frank Campion, is on tape stating he believes the board should resign and questions whether there should be a criminal investigation of the NPCA. https://youtu.be/lEpBYJ5IUds An employee of Niagara Region has come forward alleging that Regional matters are improperly discussed and strategy agreed on, out of public view, in closed-door meetings among the mayors and CAOs of Niagara’s municipalities. Together, the region’s mayors, make up 12 of the 30 votes on Niagara Regional Council and 5 of the 15 votes on the NPCA board. This is a clear conflict of interest and violation of Ontario Municipal Act, 2001, c. 25, s. 239 (1).  http://www.thevoiceofpelham.ca/private-meetings-among-niagara-mayors-called-out/ The NPCA is using public funds to sue a citizen, Ed Smith, claiming defamation after a citizen lead investigation, through the Freedom of Information Act, resulted in the publication of a report “A Call for Accountability at the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority”. The report, circulated in October 2016, was critical of the way NPCA operates and accused the agency of being rife with conflicts of interest issues; the NPCA has yet to deny, or respond to, most of the allegations contained within. http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/03/27/activist-counter-suing-npcahttp://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/01/23/npca-report-lawsuits-piling-up The NPCA has refused to enforce provincial regulations when the complaint is made by a citizen against a developer nor force remediation of the land. 3.1 A citizens complainants regarding potential development and past infilling of a Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW) at Coyle Creek in Welland. Requests by Welland MPP Cindy Forester for an update as to an enforcement plan for the developer to remediate this PSW remain unanswered; the NPCA state the matter is closed. https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/01/17/mpp-cindy-forster-seeks-answers-from-niagara-peninsula-conservation-authority-to-concerns-raised-by-niagara-area-constituents/3.2 At Draper's Creek in Welland a drainage pipe was installed in the middle of a PSW. The drainage pipe was reported by an adjacent landowner to the City of Welland and to the NPCA. The city of Welland staff verified the existence of the illegal drain pipe, tracing it to the end point, verifying that the swamp was being drained into the city's drainage system. An appeal was filed by the adjacent landowner to have the developer forced to remediate the land by simply removing the drainage pipe, the NPCA has refused.  nr-escribe.esolutionsgroup.ca/FileStream.ashx?DocumentId=13446 The NPCA used public funds to hire lobbyists to actively promote biodiversity offsetting, and “compensation”, in furtherance of their development agenda. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/niagara-conservation-authority-1.3941312 https://niagaraatlarge.com/2016/12/21/npca-pushes-ontarios-wynne-government-for-offsetting-of-wetlands-through-hired-lobbyist/ On June 19th, 2017, the chair of the NPCA told Lincoln town council his agency needs to focus solely on water and the effects of water. “We are not an environmental protection agency”, Sandy Annunziata. https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/7388863-chair-paints-a-pared-back-picture-of-npca-s-role/ In January, 2017, a majority of Niagara’s municipal councils, Hamilton council and all four Niagara MPPs called for an audit of the agency. The board initially declined an offer by the provincial auditor general to do an audit at no cost to the Board. In April, the Board changed its mind, cancelling its bidding process to hire an auditor. According to the Auditor General’s official Twitter account, no audit is scheduled. https://www.hamiltonnews.com/news-story/7404893-niagara-peninsula-authority-chairman-waits-for-auditor-general-to-conduct-audit/ There exists a culture of fear within the NPCA:7.1 On February 8, 2017, OPSEU release a statement regarding recent lay-offs. “In a workplace with 32 bargaining unit employees, there are over 20 managers.  Currently there are 10 active grievances, all at arbitration – about one grievance for every three unionized employees. Instead of working with the union to settle grievances in early stages, NPCA senior staff routinely spend public money on expensive arbitration hearings.” - Warren “Smokey” Thomas, President OPSEU. http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/NPCA-must-halt-valentines-day-layoff-opseu.htmlhttp://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/02/09/npca-union-battle-over-layoffs7.2 On July 19, 2017, OPSEU released the results of a stress survey, conducted in cooperation with OHCOW, which asked them to evaluate the psychological climate in their workplace. Almost 90 per cent of NPCA employees completed the survey, Two-thirds of NPCA employees indicated they have experienced workplace bullying, while 70 per cent say they have witnessed “offensive behaviours”.  https://opseu.org/news/npca-workplace-unhealthy-survey A culture of questionable ethics/behaviours continues to exist:8.1 On June 12, 2017, Sandy Annunziata, chairman, asked that a video of the board’s January meeting be edited to remove footage of two board members appearing to give a Nazi salute. The video shows Welland Mayor Frank Campion and Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati making the gesture; Mayors Campion and Diodati verbally apologized; the video was removed from YouTube and edited before being reloaded. The mayors were not censured nor was further action taken.  http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/mayors-nazi-salute 8.2 By comparison, board member Bill Hodgson, of Lincoln, had been urging the Board to take steps to reassure the public of the agency’s integrity in the wake of the “A Call for Accountability” report (see items #4 and 5). On April 26, 2017, in a special meeting, behind closed doors, the Board voted to censure Mr Hodgson, refusing to release any further information. A two-thirds majority of 12 members would require eight members to vote in favour of a motion.The public vote to confirm the decisions made in confidential session was seven in favour and four against; the motion passed in contravention of the requirement. Amidst allegations of bullying and harassment, after being improperly censured, Councillor Hodgson has since resigned. http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/05/04/npca-on-witch-hunt-forster-sayshttps://www.thespec.com/news-story/7272546-npca-board-votes-to-censure-member-bill-hodgson/https://www.niagarathisweek.com/news-story/7328851-bill-hodgson-resigns-from-npca-board/  

Emily Spanton
304 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Paisley Donaldson, John Klinck

Preserve the Dark Skies above Muskoka's Torrance Barrens

Whereas the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Reserve was the world's first permanently designated dark sky reserve and achieved international media attention for Muskoka, making it an important draw for tourists and stargazers thereby enhancing Muskoka's reputation as a "go to" destination; Whereas the effort to preserve the Dark Sky not only protects the viability of the Torrance Barrens but also the environment of "cottage country" and thus contributes to the special features for which Muskoka is famous and visited; Whereas the Dark Night Sky in Muskoka is a treasured asset comparable to water quality, wildlife or healthy trees; Whereas light pollution causes glare to emanate upwards and be dispersed by the atmosphere, creating a glow which washes out all deep space objects (like nebulae and galaxies) and even stars and planets, making the night sky awash with an artificial glow; Whereas this sky glow is endemic to urban centres around Ontario and is not compatible with an environment seeing to remain natural. Stopping its spread helps to ensure that Muskoka retains its precious natural environment and does not take on an urban look; Whereas the Town of Gravenhurst has adopted some Dark Sky friendly lighting, (notably at the Wharf and on Main Street), but in other places has dropped the ball and ignored its own Site Plan Agreements which called for dark sky friendly lighting (such as the large plaza now known as the Rio Can site near Hwy 11); Whereas Dark Sky lighting which utilizes full cut off fixtures, is aimed downwards (as opposed to up or sideways) and is not too bright (so as to minimize reflected light) can mitigate damage to the night sky; Whereas the Town of Gravenhurst (into which half of the Torrance Barrens is situated) enacted a Dark Sky Bylaw which requires that all signage be lit from the top down on all signs created after the enactment of the bylaw; Whereas the Town of Gravenhurst is not seriously enforcing its Dark Sky bylaw, allowing the erection of signs in clear violation of its requirements (including the Town's own sign on Hwy 11!!) and is relying on feeble excuses and exemptions from the District so as not to have to comply; Whereas once the Dark Night Sky is lost, it is likely lost forever, leaving ourselves and our children with a light polluted nightscape and an irrevocably damaged feature of Muskoka, jeopardizing its uniqueness and viability as a healthy, natural place attractive for tourists and residents; We accordingly call upon the Town of Gravenhurst to abandon its reckless approach and to strictly enforce its Dark Sky bylaw. We call upon Gravenhurst to adopt a new and healthier level of thinking, in spirit and in practice, to ensure all development and signage protects the Dark Sky. We call upon Gravenhurst to respect the Dark Sky as a special natural feature of Muskoka and to ensure our children inherit a Muskoka just as special.

Ian McClennan
76 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Parks Canada

Stop Endangering Wildlife in Banff National Park

Feeding, getting too close or harming wildlife is illegal in the National Park with fees of up to $25,000 but for some reason Parks Canada gives a warning or only a slap on the wrist and sometimes a fine. Even when a fine is issued all that means is they have to make an appearance in court and then the judge decides the fine. Not sure how that works as most people are international and most likely never make their court appearance and there are no consequences.  When you feed an animal it learns humans mean food. It will approach people expecting food, making them aggressive when they don't get it and relying on this source of food instead of searching it out in their habitat. Most people don't know how to handle an animal when it approaches them, causing the animal to false charge or actually attack.When animals attack humans the animals are the ones who are punished. Either with relocation which is stressful, new environment and breeding and feeding grounds or they are euthanized.  I think the penalty for such actions should be a $10,000 fine and a mandatory class on co-existing with wildlife. Make it possible for wardens to issue fines directly. Whenever possible relocation to animal sanctuaries should be the top option. Killing animals shouldn't be an easy choice, so let's stop making it! Let's switch the punishment to the humans who should know better and keep the animals alive!

Nicole Hamilton
3,605 supporters