By Joseph Bennett, Steven Cooke, Lenore Fahrig and John Smol, Ottawa Citizen Op-Ed
In the election coverage and debate in Ontario, a profound crisis is being overlooked: the destruction of Ontario’s nature and the species that inhabit it. This election may determine the fate of species who have been here for thousands of years.
The magnitude of this problem is shocking. Approvals to harm species at risk and their habitats have risen more than 6,000 per cent since 2008. Ontario’s once-innovative Endangered Species Act has been gutted. Enforcement against killing species at risk and destroying their habitats has virtually disappeared. And there is no strategic plan to improve the status of Ontario’s species.