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Please urge Ontario to respect PSWs

Tuesday November 03, 2020

Given the immense benefits that Provincially Significant Wetlands (PSWs) provide – flood mitigation, water filtration, carbon sequestration, recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat and more – provincial policy rightly prohibits development on those that are evaluated and deemed to be provincially significant.
 
Jack's Lake depends on PSW designations to protect the lake ... for fish, for wildlife, and for us.
 
Unfortunately, developers and some members of municipal councils have found a new way to circumvent wetland protections: MZOs. This tool, allows the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to ignore provincial policy, bypass municipal planning processes and directly zone land for pet projects. The Minister does not have to give notice or consult with the public prior to issuing an MZO and there is no opportunity for appeal.
 
In our case, this could completely circumvent Jack's Lake protection by the current PSW status.
 
Please join Ontario Nature in urging the Government of Ontario to respect and uphold protections for PSWs and to stop its misuse of MZOs.
This takes about 1 minute.
 
Thank you!
JLA



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