Greenspace groups fear housing legislation will gut conservation authorities

By Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen

What happened to the beaver pond in Kanata North this summer is an example of why Ontario’s conservation authorities matter, says Barbara Ramsay.

...Paul Johanis, chair of the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, is concerned that the new legislation means development proponents will be able to ask that portions of larger wetlands be evaluated for development.

...Alice Irene Whittaker, executive director of Ecology Ottawa, an environmental group that keeps an eye on city council decisions, agrees. Wetlands reduce flooding, process nutrients and provide habitats for species at risk. All of this is interconnected, she said.

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