The draft Rouge National Urban (NU) Park legislation fails to “meet or exceed” existing Rouge Park, Greenbelt and ORM Policies and their “Ecological Integrity” goal, as the attached letters from Ontario Cabinet Minister Brad Duguid and our NGO coalition indicate.
Please send the following email to the listed federal officials to Help Protect Rouge Park
Step 1: Copy the following contact list into your email “To” window
Step 2: Copy the following contact list into your email “Cc” window
email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com;
John.McCallum@parl.gc.ca; firstname.lastname@example.org; Corneliu.Chisu@parl.gc.ca; CEOParksCanada@pc.gc.ca; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Step 3: Copy the draft letter below into your email, personalize it as you
like, add your name and address at the bottom, and send it.
Dear Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
In 2013, the federal government agreed to “meet or exceed” Ontario’s Greenbelt, Rouge Park and Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) policies during the drafting of the legislation and plan for a National Rouge Park.
Unfortunately, the draft National Rouge Park legislation and plan, released in June 2014, fails to “meet or exceed” these provincial policies, threatening to undermine decades of Rouge Park public policy development.
I support the Ontario Government and the many groups and citizens asking the federal government to:
1. “meet or exceed” existing Ontario Greenbelt, Rouge Park & ORM policies;
2. give priority to ecological integrity and science-based park
3. implement Rouge Park’s “main ecological corridor” & plans to improve habitat & water quality;
4. create a 100 km2 national park on public Greenbelt lands linking Lake Ontario to the ORM.
These policies do not require the re-naturalization of all the leased farmlands in Rouge Park.
Existing Rouge Park Plans and adjacent Federal Green Space Preserve Plans have areas zoned for farming and areas zoned for nature and parkland enjoyment.
National Parks are extraordinary public lands where Canadians give priority to mother nature and ecological integrity.
I respectfully ask you to honour your government’s commitment to “meet or exceed” existing provincial policies by giving priority to “ecological integrity” within the legislation and management plan for the national Rouge Park.
I look forward to your favourable reply.
Thank you for your support.
for Friends of the Rouge Watershed, 647-891-9550