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Accidental Deliberations: On destructive preconditions

Shorter Elizabeth Nickson: I’ll consider accepting the need for policies to preserve the environment just as soon as we’ve seen exactly how much gets destroyed in their absence.

(h/t to PressProgress.)

reeves report: Contentious Rouge Park Bill Passes Third Reading

Despite united opposition against the proposed National Urban Park, Conservative Bill C-40 passed third reading Monday. The legislation is now on its way to the Tory-dominated Senate for further review.

Orchard Trail in Rouge Park.

The passage of Bill C-40 in Ottawa earlier this week, creating the country’s first National Urban Park in Toronto’s . . . → Read More: reeves report: Contentious Rouge Park Bill Passes Third Reading

Politics and its Discontents: Words Fail Me Here

Unequivocally evil is the only phrase I can think of to describe this ecological and environmental outrage. Read the story and draw your own conclusions:

Ottawa removing North Pacific humpback whales from list of ‘threatened’ species Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Tim Speaketh Again

The only trouble is, everytime he does, he affirms his incompetence. Yes, young Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, has weighed in on yet another ‘obstruction’ that he believes can be remediated through his simplistic prism. This time it is that pesky perennial problem of those darned endangered species, or . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Tim Speaketh Again

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Martha Webber on the Destruction of the Beaver Pond Forest

Martha Webber, renowned Kanata/Ottawa botanist, naturalist and educator, wrote the following in response to the news of the final complete clear-cutting of the Beaver Pond Forest in the South March Highlands. It is posted here with her permission.

Is there no way to end the destruction? This old growth forest is not only a . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Martha Webber on the Destruction of the Beaver Pond Forest

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Footage of a day-old adorable Black Rhino. Yes, it’s in a game park, not in the wild, but Black Rhinos are highly endangered in the wild so until humanity starts treating our animal relatives more humanely, this is the safest place for this baby:

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Endangered Species Legislation Wrong Approach

Trying to protect endangered species is simply the wrong approach to protecting wildlife. What we do is allow open season on development/destruction of wildlife habitat unless it contains endangered species. Then we make a half-hearted token attempt to protect those species, often while still allowing the development/destruction of the habitat they depend on. When that . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Endangered Species Legislation Wrong Approach