Tough Talk on Invasives

 

While cities and municipalities are wondering why they can’t get the support they need to combat the emerald ash borer and other urban crises, Gord Miller, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, is talking tough. “Imagine Ontario’s landscape without ash and maple trees,” states the Ontario Environment’s report Invasive Alien Species – A Threat to Biodiversity. Miller’s remarks to legislature include, “They (the government) can’t seem to get on with implementing the solutions.”

The most recent reports include, “Since 1992/93, the Ministry of the Environment has 45% less in its budget. The Ministry of Natural Resources has lost 22% of its budget (the difference was made up with increases in park fees and licenses). “Capacities are stretched dangerously thin … Ontario has lost momentum when it comes to the province’s pressing environmental needs.”

The complete reports can be found at http://www.eco.on.ca/

— Pat Kerr

 

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