Support a 100 square kilometre national Rouge park with ecological integrity with these quick and simple steps:
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Thank you for thinking globally and acting locally for a healthier environment and future
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The Letter …
Dear MPs and Candidates:
The Rouge National Urban Park Act ignores environmental science, policies and commitments, and the input of thousands of Canadians, 106 MPs and many respected environmental groups. The Rouge National Urban Park Act merely takes “into consideration the natural ecosystem” – a dangerous undermining of existing Greenbelt, Rouge Park and Watershed policies which prioritize the protection and restoration of “ecological integrity”.
According to Parks Canada’s former chief scientist, the federal Rouge Park legislation “falls considerably short” of accepted standards for protected areas, urban or wilderness. Incredibly, the federal park plan ignores Environment Canada’s own science-based recommendations for improving biological diversity, watershed health and water quality.
Consequently, the Rouge National Urban Park Act and draft plan need to be amended to:
1. Prioritize the protection and restoration of ecological integrity and watershed health;
2. Strengthen and implement existing Greenbelt, Rouge Park and Watershed Plans;
3. Implement the Greenbelt “main ecological corridor” and Environment Canada’s science based recommendations in the federal publication “How Much Habitat is Enough”;
4. Include existing parklands and nearby federal lands to create a 100+ km2 Park linking Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine.
The federal government has tried to justify its weak park legislation by citing Rouge Park’s near urban setting, infra-structure and agricultural leases. However, many national parks have towns, highways and leased lands – and they still prioritize “ecological integrity”.
Rouge Park has greater biodiversity than almost any other Canadian national park. To ensure the park survives and the ecosystem thrives, we need to prioritize ecological integrity and provide for reasonable farming, infrastructure and park visitor needs. Whether far wilderness or near urban, national parks are extra-ordinary public lands where Canadians justifiably prioritize ecological integrity.
If we undermine environmental science, policies and commitments, we will suffer from increasingly costly climatic extremes and harm to ecosystem, watershed and human health.
Will you support the above amendments to create a healthy 100 km2 National Rouge Park?