Topic

conservation

11 petitions

Update posted 1 day 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
5,584 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to justin trudeau, Rona Ambrose, Andrew Scheer, Fin Donnelly, Todd.Doherty@parl.gc.ca , Jody Wilson-Raybould, John Rustad, John Horgan, Andrew Weaver, Christy Clark, Dominic LeBlanc

Up to 35000 school children affected by Department of Fisheries cuts. Say no to this!

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED.We, the undersigned as residents and citizens of Canada, draw the attention the House to the following;THAT; Fisheries and Oceans Canada is turning its back on wild salmon with its latest decision to cut funding to the department’s resource restoration unit, education and technical support contracts in its salmon enhancement program and the production of steelhead and cutthroat trout at salmon enhancement hatcheries. For more than 30 years, Fisheries and Oceans has supported Educators in British Columbia and the Yukon who teach their students to understand, respect and protect freshwater, estuarine and marine ecosystems, and to recognize how all humans are linked to these complex environments. The Stream to Sea education program includes resources for all grade levels that will help students become aquatic stewards and active citizens that are interested in protecting their local watersheds.Cuts to this critically important program will result in the loss of the following. 2 full time employees. 16 part time employees. Access to educational materials and equipment. 35 000 children per year will lose out on a connection with our iconic and culturally important salmon. First Nations depend on salmon as a food source, and will also be adversely affected by this decision.Cutting this program will potentially put an end to wild salmon stocks throughout the West Coast of Canada.THEREFORE, YOUR PETITIONERS UNDERSIGNED CALL UPON YOU TO NOT HALT THESE PROGRAMS.  

Steve Hamilton
1,007 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to Commissioners

Save Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Conservation

Join this petition to overturn the short sighted cetacean ban by the Vancouver Parks Board and allow the Vancouver Aquarium to continue its crucial marine mammal conservation and education work. More than ever its vital that people connect with marine life and care about its survival. Informing and motivating people about nature is the central to promoting conservation. The Vancouver Aquarium has led the world in marine mammal education and promotes closer connections with them. It has also led the way in the rescue and rehabilitation of dolphins, whales and other sea mammals. It has been the premier environmental interpretation centre on the West Coast, and one of the venues we are most proud to show off when friends and family come to visit. Now all of that is under threat. The narrow political agenda of a few animal rights activists is threatening to silence one of the leading voices for marine conservation on the west coast. Step by step they are reducing the scope of marine life that the aquarium can support. Before long there will be no marine mammals of any kind left. Along with this will be lost the community of professionals, volunteers and supporting infrastructure that has evolved over the years to promote marine conservation. Something that has been lacking in all this is any form of coherent debate on what the real issues are. To clarify, this represents a direct conflict between values for environmental conservation and animal rights. Both positions have merit, so there should be some work towards recognizing the value of each position and working towards a compromise. To date, all change has been very one-sided. Legitimate concerns for the well being of marine mammals can be addressed without closing the aquarium. As it is, few aquariums can match Vancouver standards, even across North America.  There are several levels of irony here. One is that as climate change puts new stresses on marine life, its critical that marine research continues to support species under threat. The irony is that if the activists have their way, this leading supporter of marine mammal research will be shut down just as climate change produces progressively more stresses such as disease, changes to the food web, and increased development raises the risks of pollution and habitat destruction. The efforts to save a couple of whales, who were rescued to begin with and are no longer capable of surviving in the wild, could doom the wider community of whales to suffer large scale losses over time as conservation and research is curtailed. The other irony is that the very people complaining about whales in captivity may have had supporters willing to go to criminal lengths just to get their way.  It was reported in April that the Belugas which died recently at the Aquarium were most likely poisoned. It is high time we had a referendum on this issue so that a few activists need not hold the West Coast hostage by their narrow and undemocratic views. It's hard to understand how the Board can consider that a few hundred activists represents the local community when the Aquarium has more than a million visitors per year - many of whom are from BC. We need to act now or future generations will lose the opportunities for environmental education, and worse yet may live on a coast where marine mammals can only be reliably found online and rarely in nature.  

Dean Hintz
17 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Christopher Atkins, Linda Hepner, City Clerk

Don't eliminate Greenside's natural space with high density development

This petition is for residents and visitors to Surrey BC. We've all seen the negative results of Surrey's high-density development of numerous green spaces: more property crime, traffic congestion, overloaded schools, insufficient parking, noise and the loss of mature trees. Next up is the natural area in the centre of Greenside Estates (development proposal file# 7915-0393-00). Residents walk their dogs in the natural area, play with their children, and watch the ducks in the duck pond. Cramming 236 townhouse and stacked townhouse units into that 6.4 hectare area will destroy this much needed natural space and detract from the livability of the area. Even those who do not directly enjoy the natural area or pond will be affected by this proposed development. Traffic and congestion of the adjacent 60th Avenue, 192 Street, and Fraser Highway will unavoidably worsen. Parents of students who attend Latimer Road Elementary have reason for concern, because this development would put an additional 236 families right next to the school. It would also add additional students to Clayton Heights Secondary, which is already over-capacity by more than 330 students. This additional load may result in larger classes, more portables, or changes to the school catchment areas. This development proposal should not be approved. Development should be lower-density and limited to the portion of the green area that is closest to Fraser Highway so it doesn't interfere with the pond or detract from the livability of the area.If you are a resident of Surrey, please sign this petition and let Christopher Atkins (Surrey Planning & Development Department) at 604-591-4327 or ctatkins@surrey.ca know that you don't want this development. Quote file number 7915-0393-00.To see what this green space and duck pond looks like, check out:http://greensideestates.imgur.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgD__hUrxHMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui8HGmQCAg0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cZ0k0sAP6ETo see the current development proposal's status and developer's contact information, see:https://apps.surrey.ca/Online-Development-Inquiry/?year=15&seq=0393

Concerned Citizen
600 supporters