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Old Posted Aug 23, 2019, 9:53 AM
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Related story in GTA points to potential ramifications of the Ford government's order: closure of conservation areas and nature trails.

Pioneer Village, conservation areas threatened by Ford government directive, official warns
(Toronto Star, David Rider & Francine Kopun, Aug. 22 2019)

A Ford government order that conservation authorities halt non-essential activities could trigger the closure of Black Creek Pioneer Village, conservation areas and nature trails, the chair of the agency protecting GTA watersheds is warning fellow board members and the government.

In an email to the board Thursday, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority chair Jennifer Innis said she had “in-depth conversation” with representatives of Environment Minister Jeff Yurek about TRCA concerns with the controversial directive sent last Friday to Ontario’s 36 authorities.

Yurek’s letter “indicated that CAs must begin to ‘wind down’ non-core programs and services,” Innis, a Caledon regional councillor, told board members in the correspondence obtained by the Star.

“The wording would suggest that we must end programs and services such as our conservation areas, education centres like Black Creek Pioneer Village, trails, SNAPs (sustainable neighbourhood action programs) and PPG (Partners in Project Green), as examples.

“Obviously, that would cause great concerns to our organization and our member municipalities. It was imperative that the Minister be made aware of our concerns.”

…Yurek’s order has triggered alarm among conservation authorities, which operate some facilities and festivals as money-makers to help fund core programs.

As the province doesn’t fund those activities, winding them down won’t save taxpayers any money, they say.



This move was likely precipitated because conservation authorities irk housing developers when they weigh in on developments and applications to build in regulated areas of watersheds under their authority.

It's also worth remembering that Bill 108 also guts the Endangered Species Act and Environmental Protection Act, two more telling inclusions in the More Homes, More Choice Act.
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