environmental protection

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Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Mayor Linda Hepner, Councillor Tom Gill, Councillor Bruce Hayne, Councillor Vera LeFranc, Councillor Mary Martin, Councillor Mike Starchuk, Councillor Barbara Steele, Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Councillor Dave Woods, Bruce Ralston, Garry Begg, Rachna Singh, John horgan, Andrew Weaver, Victor Jhingan, Paul Lee, Charles Neustaedter, Ted Uhrich

Save Hawthorne Park

  Join us on Facebook: Hawthorne Park  Hawthorne Park is a beautiful forested area in North Surrey. It is home to countless wildlife species and is an oasis for the community. The forested area is used by numerous people who enjoy its system of walking trails, and the park area is host to an abundance of social gatherings. Hawthorne Park The City of Surrey is planning to build a two lane road through the south end of Hawthorne Park. The road will start on the west side and exit on the east side and run parallel to 104th Avenue. The road will also disrupt numerous neighbourhoods and go through people's homes and yards. Hawthorne Park Master Plan Wildlife living in the forest will be devastated and several of the well-used walking trails will be replaced with two lane roads. No longer will we be able to watch the red-tail hawks fly overhead or listen to the barred owl at night. The roads will go right through their habitats.  The area that the proposed road will go through has been designated as an ecologically sensitive area. But the city is planning to implement a bylaw to remove the park's protected status. We need to preserve this forest for community, for future generations, and for the wildlife living there who have no voice to speak for themselves. Please stand with the community and sign this petition. Contact me if you want to join our Community Action Group:

Steven Pettigrew
6,465 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Environment and Climate Change Canada, Foodora , Uber Eats

Save Our Oceans: Say NO to Plastic Utensils

SAVE THE OCEANS: LET'S REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE ONE STEP AT A TIME! Did you know that every year SIX MILLION TONS of Single-Use Plastics get thrown out? Sadly, most of the plastic waste, if it's not sent to recycling centers, end up in landfills and in our beautiful oceans. These plastics end up taking space around 700 marine species in danger of extinction due to the threat of that plastic poses to them from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion. Every year, 300 million tons of plastic materials come into circulation - be it in the form of plastic packaging, utensils, containers, bags, or even clothing. In fact, 85 percent of the world's plastic is not recycled. That means it's to landfills. But that's not where it stays. Where does it end up? The ocean. A recent study found that as much as 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the oceans comes from land-based sources and nearly 90 percent of that is plastic. This totals out to 8.8 million shades of plastic that make them away to the water every single year. Seems like recycling may not be the answer to the unsustainable recycling conundrum; rather, a major reduction of our consumption must happen ... now. Plastic forks, knives and spoons may be convenient, but they are wreaking havoc on our oceans. In fact, six million tons of non-durable plastics are discarded every year. "Unsustainable" means that the plastic has a useful life of fewer than three years. Other examples of non-durable plastics include plastic packaging, trash bags, cups, and more.  That's a whole lot of waste for something that we have to POWER to fix, together! Here's How You Can Stop This Waste How many times did you eat a plastic-wrapped packet of plastic utensils? (Say that five times fast!) Or you brought your lunch to work (high five!) But left your handy dandy metal utensils at home, so you're forced to use the plastic forks and knives from your office's drawers? So what do we do? Refuse plastic utensils, and use your own reusable utensils! Before heading out the door, just throw a fork or spoon in your purse or your lunch bag. Some companies even make pocket utensil sets to carry around! It's that easy. And if anyone questions why you have a fork in your bag, just tell them you're doing it to save the lives of millions of marine animals. Maybe they'll be inspired to do the same! THE MISSION OF THIS PETITION  Your voice matters. Your choices matters. You matter. And nothing matters more than using your voice and choices to affect the world in a positive way! Our goal is to raise awareness about plastic utensils and how they create waste, one that can be easily avoided. This is a global problem but change doesn't have to be complicated nor costly; it can actually be very straight-forward, and even cost-effective. We've created this petition to ask decision-makers to pass legislation that would prevent restaurants from including plastic utensils with their deliveries unless otherwise requested by customers. Many cities have taken bold initiatives banning plastic bags at grocery stores. Let's push this environmental agenda forward one more step, by restricting plastic utensils, or at the very least only make them available for a small additional fee to customers. We believe restaurant owners will not only be able to make a positive impact on their bottom line but also by reducing waste & pollution, helping to save our precious oceans. Help us get our message heard, share it with family & friends & work colleagues, and join us to make this great cause a reality, then have it spread across the country and the rest of the world!

Sundra & Mo Love
63 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne, Kathryn McGarry, The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Jim Diodati, Alan Caslin, Sandy Annuziata, Director of Planning, Building & Development, Wayne Campbell, Kim Craitor, Carolynn Ioannoni, Vince Kerrio, Joyce Morocco, Victor Pietrangelo, Mike Strange, Wayne Thomson, Dr. Dianne Saxe, Helen Chang

Protect Thundering Waters Forest / Stop Riverfront Community

Official Plan Amendment File No. AM-2017-015Dorchester Road and Chippawa PkwyProposed Riverfront CommunityFor further information and copies of the documents relied upon to create this petition, please visit: Did you know that one of Canada’s most unique habitats is at risk of destruction? The Thundering Waters Slough Forest in Niagara Falls, Ontario is a 484 acre old growth Carolinian forest located within the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, only an hour south of Toronto, and is under threat of extensive development. Even though Carolinian Canada is quite small compared with other Canadian vegetation zones, making up only 1% of Canada's total land area, it boasts a greater number of both flora and fauna species than any other ecosystem in Canada. Thundering Waters contains a high diversity of native species and a variety of habitats including globally endangered savannah, vernal pools, and wetlands.The role of vernal pools and swamp lands is to assist with the natural regulation, and cleansing of, our watershed. Despite recent flooding in the Great Lakes basin and the Niagara watershed, there are currently no plans to mitigate the effects of the loss of this important floodplain. Thundering Waters Slough Forest boasts an extensive list of species found to be at risk/threatened per Species at Risk Act (S.C. 2002, c. 29) and the Endangered Species Act, 2007, S.O. 2007, c. 6. These include, though are not limited to: SAR bats (the Little Brown Myotis, the Northern Myotis, the Tri-Coloured Bat), SAR birds (the Barn Swallow, the Acadian Flycatcher, and the Chimney Swift), Common Snapping Turtle, Monarch butterfly, Nine lined beetle.  Thundering Waters slough forest and wetlands areas are also home to many amphibians, reptiles, and turtles while the tall grass savannah provides habitat for a huge number of wildlife species, including many that are officially designated as rare at the global, national or provincial level. Further, this eco-gem lies directly in the migratory path of pollinators returning north. Trees range from Black gum trees, oaks, maples, and tulip trees to plum trees transplanted by Indigenous peoples.   220 acres of the 484 acre site are Provincially Significant Wetlands (PSW), and protected through Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), however these protections are not ironclad. Currently, plans are underway to develop the buffering acres and the results could be disastrous. The ecosystem within Thundering Waters is symbiotic; we can not separate, and destroy, one without devastating effects on the other; nor can we replicate this unique site anywhere else in the world. WHEREAS: Despite federal, Species at Risk Act (S.C. 2002, c. 29), and provincial, Endangered Species Act, 2007, S.O. 2007, c. 6, legislation protecting species at risk, requests for enforcement of said Acts have been ignored; According to Ian Thornton, Resource Operations Supervisor with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), in a letter to the Region of Niagara Planning and Development Services , dated August 19th, 2016, the Dougan & Associates Environmental Impact Study (EIS), would not be able to fully inform the development of a land use plan and future development in its current form.  Reasons include a lack of evaluation of contiguous wetland areas adjacent to the subject area; According to Leah Lefler, an ecologist with North-South Environment Inc., who were retained to do a peer review of the EIS, the EIS, is incomplete and “does not provide a sufficient policy review nor an adequate assessment of ecological features and functions”. Despite this peer review having been completed in July 2016, it has only been released through a Freedom of Information request to the Province. Further, none of the recommendations have been implemented despite being in line with Ian Thornton (MNRF) findings; In September 2017, Savanta released their version of the EIS using existing data with some additional studies (EIS 2017 for clarity). The EIS 2017 still does not address many of the deficiencies listed in Ian Thornton’s MNRF letter to the Region of Niagara Planning and Development Services of 2016. Further, the Niagara Planning Group’s Planning Justification Report, released in September 2017 in conjunction with the EIS 2017, establishes a framework to eventually eradicate the impressive ecologically diverse natural habitat around the Niagara Falls Slough Forest provincially significant wetland. It is clearly the long term objective of the Niagara Planning Group to eradicate these natural habitats by creating conditions that will lead to their eventual ecological degradation and eventual removal as protected areas. This is expressed in policies in the EIS 2017, which support buffers below the normal standards of 30 meters and the lack of provisions to link an isolated PSW, which is a Willow Deciduous Swamp, to other natural habitats.   According to Dr John Bacher’s review of the EIS 2017: (page 7 states) field surveys are provided in Table 1 of Appendix B. Turning to this appendix however; it does not list any actual field surveys of bats….The failure to conduct adequate bat studies is quite disturbing in view of the great guidance provided in a May 6, 2017 letter by Kyle Hunt of MNRF. The advice that, "It is recommended that all information be collected in June 2017 to avoid the need to for further bat survey work in June 2018 was clearly not followed."  The MNRF comments also indicate that the 15 hectares of what the EIS describes as "cultural savannah" may be quite important for the Endangered Tri-Coloured Bat.  MNRF notes that this species "may prefer roost trees in more open woodlands, as opposed to deep woods."   The same negative comments regarding the inadequacy of bat studies made in earlier criticism by the Peer Reviewer Leaf Lefler on behalf of North/South apply to the current study by Savanta.    Reptile Emergence Surveys (page 8) Here again the EIS reveals that the reptile emergence surveys are not completed. This means that the EIS should not have been submitted at this stage, and there is a possibility that some of the 49 hectares proposed for development should be designated as an Environmental Protection Area.  The comments here reveal, for the first time, that in addition to the Snapping Turtle, (a Species at Risk), the Midland Painted Turtle is found within the Thundering Waters Secondary Plan area. Wrong Dismissal of Actual Savannah as Mere "Savannah Like."  (page 14) The thrust of the argument to justify the destruction of the natural habitats in the proposed Riverfront Community is that it is not actual savannah, but simply "savannah like."  Such arguments ignore the real important contribution of Indigenous people to savannah environments in Ontario and their beneficial use by pollinator insects. Further, given the soils and climate of the Carolinian zone, most savannahs in Ontario are of cultural origins. Another dubious contention (on pages 14 and 15) is that Green Ash trees devastated by ash borer will be replaced by a shrub, the European Buckthorn. In areas of Essex County that have been quite devastated by the Ash Borer, Pin Oak, benefitting from similar moist soils, has been the replacement tree. Pin oak trees can be found throughout the protected wetlands area of the site and would provide a native tree alternative, why? The Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF), in a letter dated March 8, 2017, reminded Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that, according to our treaties, the land in question is held in stewardship. Any development of Thundering Waters Forest ignores the history, and cultural resources, it contains. The current studies still indicate no Indigenous consultations have been sought; According to the Province of Ontario’s Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe,2017, natural areas support biodiversity, provide drinking water for the region's inhabitants, sustain its many resource-based industries, support recreational activities that benefit public health and overall quality of life, and help moderate the impacts of climate change. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Watersheds Reports rates the threat to the Great Lakes and the Niagara Peninsula as “very high”  (World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada); According to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA), their mandate is to improve the quality of lands and waters, contribute to public safety from flooding and erosion, and enhance the quality of life in its watershed. Yet, the NPCA has consistently looked at ways to protect developers by approving development on lands significant to the watershed and Great Lakes basin including actively lobbying the province to approve biodiversity offsetting at the Thundering Waters site. We believe this contradicts with the NPCA’s official mandate and fear it a conflict of interest that the board comprises the same politicians pushing for the development in their role as councillors (or mayors).        THEREFORE, we ask that: The Environment Commissioner of Ontario: - complete and submit a report on the proposed development of this site.The City of Niagara Falls: - Stop the development of pristine lands; - Deny Official Plan Amendment File No. AM-2017-015 and any future attempts to build around remaining wetlands;- Schedule the public consultation, as required by law, for this site. We ask Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Province of Ontario and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) that: - The PSW area be extended to include the entire 484 acre slough forest;- Meaningful enforcement of Endangered Species Act, 2007, S.O. 2007, c. 6; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal Government of Canada listen to the warnings of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF) and honour our obligations under the The Two Row Wampum Treaty with permanent protection of this sacred land. In order to protect our environment and the cultural heritage of the Haudenosaunee people,we recommend: - the creation, implementation, and meaningful enforcement of, a Charter Right to a Healthy Environment;- meaningful enforcement of the following legislation, and commitments, particularly as they pertain to the Niagara Peninsula:Species at Risk Act (S.C. 2002, c. 29);Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (S.C. 1999, c. 33);Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993, S.O. 1993, c. 28;International Joint Commission (IJC) commitment to the viability of our shared waterways.

Emily Spanton
3,594 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Lee Swanson, B.Sc. M.A.

Shediac Bridge Residents Against the Seagull Condo Resort

The purpose of this petition is to clearly voice the will of the community against the Seagull Condo Resort project in Indian Point, Shediac Bridge, New Brunswick. The Beaubassin Ouest permit process asks the residents to voice their concerns but does not ask the residents whether they want this development in their neighborhood. By signing this petition you are expressing your decision against the proposed Seagull Condo Resort project. Subject: Seagull Condo Project Concerns         Please find below a list of concerns raised pertaining to the proposed Seagull Condo Project. 1)       Waste Water Treatment System: The description for the Water Treatment System appears to understate the effluent to be treated by this major residential project. The site would have difficulty qualifying for 3 ordinary residential homes. It seems that 33 condo units, expecting some 66 to 99 occupants, would overwhelm the capacity of this relatively small lot for such a project. The lot is approximately 195mX70m. History has recorded regular high water levels at the entrance to the Shediac River. The design of the “water treatment system” must assure that it is above the 100 year flood level. The Shediac River is not pristine and in fact already contains high levels of coliform bacteria and other contaminants. The location of the “Water Treatment System” proposed for close to the shore at a point where overflow and runoff would settle in the enclosed small cove, cut off by the approach to the nearby bridge. 2)      Domestic Water service: The requirements for potable water for 33 condo units must be accurately determined before any further work is allowed to proceed. Given the proximity of local residences, existing wells would likely be impacted and could even render the closer wells dry. In addition, the draw rate for water for 60 or more people could easily surpass the capacity of the 2 proposed wells and could even draw salt water into the proposed wells and into nearby wells. 3)      Vehicular and pedestrian traffic: Traffic generated by more than 66 residents plus their visitors could cause congestion. i)        Will Parking arrangements be provided for the visitors, especially in the summertime, not to further congest the already narrow Indian Point Rd.? 4)      Boating facilities: Promotional material for the Seagull Project indicates plans for boating facilities. i)        Will this include waste water dumping? ii)       Will fueling services be provided? Many questions need to be addressed including what type of boating and water use is expected. 5)      Noise Pollution/Safety: Such a project might be permissible within a municipality where roads, sewerage and water services would be available. It is a far different matter to have such a project in a rural setting. The safety, security, peace and enjoyment of existing residents and owners must be considered before any further permits are granted. 6)      Project Supervision: Current work should be closely monitored to assure that all demolition waste is disposed of in accordance with environmental laws and regulations along with proper implementation of the waste water management system, wells and building project. 7)      Snow Removal: It‘s a been an ongoing concern about the current issues around snow clearing/removal on the Indian Point Rd. The narrow road has caused some problems with the accumulation of snow such as high banks, a further narrowing of the road and flooding from snow melt during warm periods. There’s a concern that the Seagull Condo Resort development will further encroach on Indian Point Rd. exacerbating the current snow removal problem mentioned above. i)        What is the snow management plan for the Seagull Condo Resort?   It  is respectfully requested that a full Environmental Impact Assessment be required as is provided for in the case of a “major residential development in a rural setting” and that sufficient information be made fully available for full public consultations on this 33 Condo Unit Project. Shediac Bay is far from pristine. Still with efforts such as those by the Shediac Bay Watershed Authority improvements are being achieved. One has to note reports over the summer of 2016 that show less than acceptable conditions. Parlee Beach has been of particular concern. A major residential project in a rural setting can seriously contribute even more damaging impacts on the fragile state of the Shediac River and of the whole of Shediac Bay. Finally, the recreational zoning that allowed for the existing Seagull Motel that has been closed for many years does not allow for a major residential development project. It must be required to follow the process of rezoning so that all aspects can be examined by the authorities and the taxpayers and residents. Simply adding that some “tourists” might also use the Condos does not constitute recreational or similar use.

Indian Point Community Committee
106 supporters