Photo: Last chance to salvage Ontario's Endangered Species Act

Rachel has a serious case of Sturgeon Face because Ontario is proposing to exempt industry from the Endangered Species Act.

By Rachel Plotkin, Policy analyst

Despite the pleas of thousands of concerned Ontarians, the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources is poised to approve controversial changes to Ontario's Endangered Species Act.

The broad new exemptions will allow most major industries in Ontario to be exempted from complying with the Act.

While the implementation of the Endangered Species Act hasn't been perfect, there are far more reasonable solutions to deal with tensions between eager industry and imperilled species than broad-brush sector-wide exemptions.

Speak out against these gaping new loopholes for pits and quarries, residential and commercial development, mining, waste management, renewable energy, hydro and more.

Any day now, Ontario's Cabinet Ministers will be making the final decision. We need to get their attention, fast. Please help us!

Here's what you can do:

  1. Call a Cabinet Minister near you. More info at
  2. Express your concern to the Premier by joining Ontario Nature's Sturgeon Face Facebook campaign
  3. Tell the Finance Minister that there are better ways to deal with the deficit than to gut the ESA

Visit to see what you can do.

May 5, 2013

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May 12, 2013
9:19 AM

:( once they’re will please too late. Please help

May 09, 2013
10:59 AM

It’s heart breaking news. I want to do more than just share information in Facebook. Those little creatures deserve to be exist. I want to become environmentalist so much. Most of the time I am so angry at human action, I wish I could be more calm and help those endangered species

May 06, 2013
5:23 PM

Once these species are lost, they are gone forever. Short term political and economic gains do not trump the environment. Governments need to show more leadership and foresight in making these decisions, and not just for the benefit of some, but for all of us.

May 05, 2013
6:12 PM

Why isn’t our present government NOT concerned with endangered species???? Shame on you. Totally disappointed.

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