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Niagara Falls City Councillors Join In Putting Wetland-Gutting Scheme On Hold

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A News Commentary by Doug Draper

Posted April 12th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – For a second time in as many weeks, a bid by China-sponsored agents and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority to “offset” – or to put it more plainly – gut more than 10 acres of provincially protected wetlands in Niagara Falls to make way for urban development has been placed on hold.

The first decision to defer moving forward with the scheme – cloaked in an until recently unheard of, yet already infamous term “biodiversity offsetting – was made this past April 7th by a majority of Niagara regional councillors, following more than three hours of discussion and debate where it was repeated over and over again that they weren’t provided enough information to make a decision.

Niagara area residents demonstrate before Niagara Falls council meeting on wetland "offsetting" scheme. Niagara area residents demonstrate before Niagara Falls council meeting on wetland “offsetting” scheme.

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New Niagara, Ontario Group Organizing To Oppose Any Plans By Conservation Authority To Destroy What’s Left Of Region’s Ancient Wetlands

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By John Bacher

Posted January 29th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

After more than forty years of work in environmental and social justice causes in Niagara, Ontario, I am delighted to see the emergence of an informed, popular movement to protect and celebrate our threatened ecosystems.

This January 27th, more than 200 people mobilized to protest a proposed change to provincial wetland policy which could possibly undermine the protected status of provincially significant wetlands.

Could what is left of ancient swamps forest like this in Niagara be "off set" to make way for paved development? The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is beginning to explore the idea of doing just that. Could what is left of ancient swamps forest like this in Niagara be “off set” to make way for paved development? The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is beginning to explore the idea of doing just that.

A follow up to this event will be held on Saturday, February 6th at 7pm at Mahtay Cafe, located at 241 St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines, by a newly formed group, Youth For Wetlands

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