Put Away the Party Hats: New Wildlife Law Already Being Watered Down
As Parliament gears up to review Canada’s 5-year old Species at Risk Act, Ontario’s own wildlife protection law, the Endangered Species Act, came into force this week. When this act was passed a year ago, it was hailed as a victory for species and their habitats because of the law’s strong habitat protection focus and mandatory science-based listing of species at risk. For some Ontario species though, this legislation comes too late. And much of the early promise of this legislation is fading – yesterday the Ontario government approved more than two dozen exemptions to the act that will exempt forestry, aggregate extraction, hydro, and other development from the law.