Reevely: Ontario’s pretty much abandoned endangered species, environment commissioner says
Ottawa Citizen

By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen, October 24, 2017

The Ontario government hasn’t turned down a request for a permit to harm a threatened species in four years, the province’s environment commissioner reported Tuesday, and it doesn’t check whether the rules for the permits are followed anyway.

Eastern Ontario is a hot spot for this stuff, commissioner Dianne Saxe says in a damning section of her annual report, because we have a lot of development going on and a lot of animals and plants that are in danger. Collectively they’re called “species at risk,” which covers everything from ones biologists are mildly concerned about to ones they suspect are wiped out.

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