STATEMENT - Greenpeace Reacts to Forestry Exemptions Under Ontario's Endangered Species Act

Press release - January 19, 2018
19 January 2018 (Toronto) — In response to today’s announcement by the Ministry of Natural Resources that it plans to extend exemptions for the forest industry under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act until at least 2020, Greenpeace Canada Head of Forest Campaign Shane Moffatt said:

19 January 2018 (Toronto) In response to today’s announcement by the Ministry of Natural Resources that it plans to extend exemptions for the forest industry under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act until at least 2020, Greenpeace Canada Head of Forest Campaign Shane Moffatt said:

“Endangered species laws that exempt industry make about as much sense as seatbelt laws exempting car drivers. The Ontario government emerged as a laggard on endangered species protection in 2017. Starting 2018 off with this type of announcement shows the public why. Extending these industry exemptions also runs counter to the province's obligation to develop a Caribou Recovery Strategy, which was due last October. As long as this government continues to exclude environmental and other voices from such key decisions, bad policy is inevitable.”

This announcement follows a recent federal report that revealed Caribou herds and habitat continue to decline across the country. The exemptions were first granted to the forest industry in 2013, 10 years after the caribou was first included on Canada’s threatened species list.

Contact:

Philippa Duchastel de Montrouge, Communications Officer, Greenpeace Canada, , 514-929-8227