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The Auditor General of Ontario’s report, Protecting and Recovering Species at Risk, is not reading for the faint of heart. Released on November 22, 2021 the audit sets out in excruciating detail the Government of Ontario’s abject failure to exercise its duty to protect the province’s most vulnerable plants and animals.
The review spans the government’s record on implementing the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) since 2009. The unwillingness of those responsible to uphold the purpose and intent of the law – to protect and recover species at risk – is scandalous. Faced with an accelerating, worldwide extinction crisis, our government has chosen at every turn to unravel protections for species at risk, as exemplified most starkly with its devastating amendments to the ESA in 2019.
Below are the ten findings that disturb me most, admittedly only a partial accounting of the fiasco revealed by the Auditor General.
Where does this abdication of responsibility leave us? With a duty to speak up. Please join Ontario Nature in demanding better of our political leaders.
Anne, thank you very much for posting this important information. I respond to numerous “ERO” postings, and this article has given me additional discussion points. Others agree as well .. https://thepointer.com/article/2022-02-13/a-shame-and-travesty-despite-damning-audit-pcs-double-down-on-harms-to-species-at-risk . I have just started reading your new post too. Thank you. Ted
Thank you as always for staying on top of the lack of effort and engagement on the part of this government. And the interpretation of the highlights from the Auditor General’s report. I wonder, with another Covid 19 wave hitting Ontario, how the backsliding on both the environmental and climate change files will manifest themselves? We really need opposition parties to stake out their policies on this now.