Issued By Peaceful Parks.org – Sept. 2019
Urgent: Ontario Proposes a Wipeout of Northern Wolves
Wolf and coyote hunting to be deregulated in Northern Ontario to placate moose hunters.
Premier Doug Ford is proposing regulation changes that will allow any small game hunter to kill as many eastern coyotes as they want between September 1st and June 15th – a period that incorporates the coyote pupping season – as well as up to two wolves/year between September 15th and March 31st in Northern Ontario.
There are thousands of small game sport hunters in Ontario, and no one knows the population number of wolves or coyotes in Northern Ontario.
While Doug Ford is proposing a bag limit of two wolves per hunter, he is not limiting the number of hunters that can kill wolves. It is a REAL possibility that the number of small game hunters, each killing two wolves in one year, could wipeout the wolf population in Northern Ontario in one year.
Worse still, is that Ontario will not monitor the number of wolves or coyotes killed which clearly indicates that Doug Ford is OK with a total wipeout. OR stop the hunting of moose calves !
The goal of this proposal is to ‘grow’ the moose population, which is in decline, to enhance the ‘moose hunting experience’ for sport hunters and these recommendations were introduced by Ontario’s Big Game Advisory Committee.
Who is this ‘advisory committee’? It is filled with Doug Ford cronies who are either directly linked to the sport hunting industry as professional outfitters or big game sport hunters themselves.
Committee Members include: JOHN KAPLANIS, Executive Director of the Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen’s Alliance: GARY COUILLARD of Nighthawk Outfitters providing black bear hunting services; GLENN RIVARD Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters; FERN DUQUETTE offers moose hunting services. All committee members will directly benefit from the killing of wolves and coyotes in northern Ontario
We had until September 26 to stop this proposal cold.
Read the proposal here: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0406
You can comment directly from the proposal page: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0406
However, please copy your comments to:
Christie Curley: Acting Director of Species Conservation Policy Branch
Premier Doug Ford, email@example.com
Please remember to include the EBR # 019-0406
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is revisiting a proposal to liberalize hunting of wolves and coyotes across 750,000km2 of northern Ontario.
A similar proposal was announced and subsequently abandoned by the previous provincial government in 2016 after hearing from over 100,000 Ontario residents concerned about its lack of ethical and scientific rationale to boost dwindling moose populations.
Hunters will no longer need to purchase special game seals or report to MNRF about how many wolves and coyotes they are killing each year.
MNRF’s own website “Factors that affect moose survival” explains how wolf hunting will do nothing or very little to boost moose numbers because hunting reduces wolf pack size, and smaller wolf packs do not kill significantly fewer moose than larger packs.
“Getting rid of reporting requirements makes it glaringly obvious that the Ministry isn’t even planning on studying whether such an unethical and unscientific regulation change will benefit moose. Hunters could wind up killing hundreds or even thousands of wolves and coyotes each year and we’d have no idea,” notes Hannah Barron, Director of Wildlife Conservation Campaigns for Earthroots.
“Eastern coyotes are not major predators of moose, they are generalists able to survive on rodents and other small mammals. Under the guise of moose conservation, this proposal was designed to appease those who persecute wolves and coyotes. The removal of bag limits, game seals, reporting requirements and closed seasons all encourage mass predator killing, which already happens in southern Ontario,” said Lesley Sampson, Executive Director of Coyote Watch Canada.
“I’m worried about what this mismanagement could mean for our wolves and coyotes, but also how it distracts from dealing with moose declines directly. The Ministry should phase out calf hunting and manage habitat at the ecosystem level to increase resiliency as the changing climate results in wildlife range shifts, increased parasite loads and altered vegetation and wildfire patterns,” notes Barron.
Excerpt: SaultOnline.com-Aug. 29, 2019
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Doug Ford accommodates 'Slob Hunters'
The Ford government is proposing to reduce the minimum distance requirement for placement of bait from a public road and trails for black bear hunting: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0022#proposal-details
The Ford govt. wants to allow sport hunters to bait black bears only 30 meters from a public road way and public trail. This literally means that sport hunters can shoot black bears from the road while sitting in their trucks !!!
Sport hunters have been advocating for this because many hunters CANNOT shoot in the woods and then drag the bear to their trucks or do not know how to butcher the bear into small pieces so it can be carried out of the woods.
This proposal appeases 'slob hunters' - those hunters that lack any skill and tend to be thrill hunters - kill for fun.
This is very dangerous for any person walking on a trail or driving on a public road. Currently the distance for baiting black bears from a public roadway or public trail is 200 metres. The Ford govt, is now proposing that this distance be reduced to only 30 metres.
This is crazy. It places innocent outdoors users in the path of a bullet and/or keeps outdoor enthusiasts inside for the duration of the black bear hunting season which runs from May to June and then again from August to December.
What is worse is that the Ford govt. has not provided any rationale for this proposal because in doing so it would have to acknowledge 'slob hunters' and their inability to hunt skillfully. This is the worse sort of hunter one would encourage shooting along a public roadway or trail.
Please comment today as the deadline is June 17. You can comment online here:
No decision has been made as of Sept. 2019
Update: Endangered Species Act June 6, 2019
The Ford Govt. passed Bill 108 - an omnibus Bill that included sweeping changes to many environmental
and heritage protection laws including Ontario's Endangered Species Act.
You can read more from the press release issued by Ontario Nature today:
Endangered Species Act – Emergency
Sweeping changes buried in housing bill called ‘doomsday scenario’ for Ontario’s endangered species
On Saturday May 4, the Toronto Star reported that Doug Ford buried 20 pages of sweeping changes to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act in Thursday’s omnibus housing bill, amendments that wildlife experts say would gut protections for the province’s at-risk animals and plants.
Bill 108, the “More Homes, More Choice Act,” would weaken classification criteria, allow the environment minister to delay protections for up to three years, and provide developers, industry and others who impact the habitat of endangered species with a suite of options to continue their activities, including a fee-in-lieu fund derided by critics as “pay to slay.”
This, while there is an active public consultation period posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Registry (please see below).
What sort of person would bury sweeping controversial policy on species at risk in a housing bill? A person that knows what they are doing is wrong, and has gone into hiding.
Over 15.000 people responded to the first EBR notice asking for greater protection and instead the Ford govt. is offering less protection for species on the brink of extinction or vulnerable to extinction
We need action now. There is very little time to stop this. The omnibus bill hasn’t passed yet and it cannot pass with the new Species at Risk Act embedded in it.
We have two calls to action:
Please call Doug Ford on his cell number – 416.805.2156. He apparently returns people’s calls so please leave a message expressing your outrage over changes to the Species at Risk Act and please ask for a callback.
2. Rod Phillips, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, is a glossy faced corporate hack who headed PostMedia from 2014 to 2017.
Minister Phillips is stomping on our voices for stronger protection by not even waiting for the public comment to end May 18, 2019. Since there is no effective opposition at Queen’s Parks, we are asking that you please cancel your subscriptions to Post Media newspapers.
Please explain that you are cancelling your subscription in protest to changes being made to the Species at Risk Act by Rod Phillips, once Chair of Post Media. Please explain that since the Ford govt. has a majority at Queen’s Park, you are hoping that his corporate partners will heed your protest and speak up for species at risk. Please tell them once Minister Rod Phillips hears from Post Media and protects species from extinction, you will happily resume your subscription.
Post Media owns most, if not all, regional newspapers such as the Toronto Sun, Windsor Star, London Free Press, North Bay Nugget, Sarnia Observer, Ottawa Sun, Sudbury Star and many, many more. They also own newspapers across Canada such as the Vancouver Sun.
Obviously, the impact of this action will only be effective if people take action. So please cancel your post media newspaper subscription, tell them why, apologize if you feel it is necessary for placing them in the crossfire but this policy cannot go forward as written. AND THEY CANNOT HIDE.
Please act today. Call Doug Ford and cancel your subscription to any post media newspaper. If you read the paper online at no cost, please send them an email just the same. There is NO TIME TO HESITATE.
Thank You !
Please, Please read and send a comment opposing these horrible changes to Ontario's Species at Risk Act. . Please post a comment on the EBR page: http://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-5033
Even more importantly, please send your message directly to Minister Rod Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org
We are entering a very dark period with the Doug Ford govt., We are the last generation of people that can influence change after which there will be little to protect.
Please read on.
The Doug Ford govt. is proposing sweeping and horrible changes to Ontario’s Species at Risk Act that are far worse than what has been reported in the media.
The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has organized two virtual meetings explaining the proposed changes. Peaceful Parks participated in the first session and the rhetoric was thick with double-speak and contradictions. What is being proposed will trigger a steep decline in species protection and place many others in peril. This is not an exaggeration.
Media reports have focused on the proposal to allow developers to pay money in lieu of species protection, but there is so much more:
While experts on Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) will remain the primary authority in deciding which species will be listed, the Minister will have sole authority to decide how species will be protected, and it is here that the legislation breaks down.
The new legislation provides the Minister sweeping powers to AVOID and DELAY protection of a species to the point where its habitat could be destroyed through development making protection mute once there is no more habitat or species to protect.
The Minister can DELAY protection by asking the experts on COSSARO to reconsider their listing decisions if the Minister believes that the listing is no longer appropriate, The experts on the committee tend to be leading scientists in their field, therefore why would a Minister have greater expertise?
The Ford govt. is considering DELISTING species currently listed but have refused to say which ones.
The Ford govt. wants to remove species from the list if their population is not threatened in other areas of Ontario / North America.
The Ford govt. doesn’t acknowledge that habitat loss is the primary reason for species extinction and that if a population is in decline in one area – it is in decline – period.
They are proposing protection ONLY at a critical point – when the species is on the brink.
No other point demonstrates more clearly the ignorance of this Minister and Doug Ford and why these changes are so dangerous for species at risk.
Anyone who has even a tiny bit of knowledge of biological understanding knows that species have regional differences that make them unique from their cousins in other regions. It is these differences that make them resilient in their local environment and define ‘biodiversity’. Species in decline in one area is a warning sign that the population is experiencing stress and recovery is more successful before populations reach a critical point..
Wolves are a perfect example of how DNA diversity makes each regional species diverse from the next.
No one so ignorant should have any authority to decide which species have biological value and which ones can go extinct. AND this new legislation will allow the Minister to override COSSARO’s listing, forcing the committee to delist any species whose population is not threatened in other areas of Ontario.
The COSSARO members will also be ‘dumbed down’ by including members outside the fields of expertise such as community members. Community members are not defined but it is reasonable to assume given the direction of this new legislation that ‘community members’ will include industry, sport hunters and farmers – interests that are self-serving rather than an arms-length unbiased approach. It also does not provide a ratio of community members to experts.
Enforcement of the legislation is being moved from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks whose budget was slashed by 300 million dollars by Doug Ford.
There is so much more – all of it intended to give the Minister supreme authority over the Species at Risk Act and since the authority is being shifted from COSSARO to the Minister, there will be less transparency, as some Minister decisions will no longer be posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry.
Please, Please read and send a comment opposing these horrible changes. Please post a comment on the EBR page: http://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-5033
Even more importantly, please send your message directly to Minister Rod Phillips email@example.com
We are entering a very dark period with the Doug Ford govt.,
We are the last generation of people that can influence change after which there will be little to protect.