Wind farm developers to decide whether endangered species need protection in Ontario
Ontario government abdicates role as protector of endangered species
The fox is in charge of the hen house, says community group
March 18, 2015, Toronto—
Tomorrow Ontario’s Divisional Court will hear arguments on the role of government in protecting endangered species. Previously, if a project could harm a species or its habitat, government officials normally reviewed the proposal. Now it appears the Wynne government may be saying developers will decide what, if any, protection is necessary.
“To us, it looks like the government has decided to put the foxes in charge of the hen house,” said Maria De Melo of Durham Area Citizens for Endangered Species, who are challenging this unprecedented approach.
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The hearing will take place at the Brampton Courthouse at 10 a.m., March 19th, at 7755 Hurontario Street, Brampton.
Appearing for the appellants, the community group Durham Area Citizens for Endangered Species, will be the law firm of Eric K. Gillespie.