After 1.5 years and 125,000 signatures on a petition (https://www.change.org/inthenameofgrace) the township has still failed to install a bylaw that would prevent site alterations to protect important wildlife habitats and species such as Grace.
Because Grace's hibernation site was also home to other Wildlife at Risk, forcing the province to step in. However, the province may issue a permit for the filling after all: Current leadership has been dismantling fundamental protections for nature and animals for a few developers to pave paradise. The province points to creating new wetlands to "offset" the loss, but Grace's experience shows us that this experiment will result in many more irreversible losses to wildlife.
Are we not wise and kind enough to find a balance on this planet?
The Land Between charity (and their Turtle Guardians) will be chronicling the gaps to outline necessary policy levers to help ensure that Ontario effectively protects our heritage and our wildlife for the foreseeable future. Help us chart this course !
Stay in touch with us, and help us with capacity to reach these goals- for staff to summarize our turtle research and to continue to track and monitor turtles and characterize essentials wetlands, floodlands, and headwaters, to assemble a guide for our councils and our communities, and to approach all local leaders in their need to do better for those with no voice.- the wildlife and wild spaces that provide us with so much benefit, from water regulation and filtration, fish breeding grounds, medicines, foods, pollination, to generations of keystone stabilizing forces such as turtles too!