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Posted: October 23, 2004
NOW to solve wildlife rehabilitation crisis in Ontario
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is urgently needed! We must speak with one voice if
we are to make a difference and we must ACT NOW.
Please forward your letters as soon as possible. Use regular mail not e-mail.
rehabilitators and the communities they serve have been
very negatively affected by the crisis created by the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The Ministry’s
regressive regulations and hostility towards rehabilitators
has seriously reduced the help available for orphaned and
injured wildlife and, unless changed, will eliminate the
little assistance left.
McGuinty Liberals, while in Opposition, were strongly
critical of the Ministry’s actions and policies and made a
written commitment, if elected, to work with rehabilitators
and community stakeholders in reinstating a progressive and
humane response on behalf of wildlife in Ontario. The
Liberals, after a year in office, have yet to fulfill this
calling on supporters
across the province to urge the Premier and MPP’s to honour
their commitment. Please take a minute to help wildlife. It
might be our last opportunity to do so. Here’s how:
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- Make copies of the enclosed letter and get as many
supporters as possible to forward their copy to Premier
McGuinty with a copy to David Ramsay as Minister of
Natural Resources and a copy to your MPP. Remember to
print your name and full address under your signature on
the letter. Use
regular mail not e-mail.
- The most important
step of all is to copy your MPP.
You should type in his/her name under David Ramsay’s
so that it appears on their copies as well. You
should add a note to your MPP’s copy along the lines
of “I’ll be calling your office in a few days to see
how you intend to take this issue forward as it is
not only an important one to this community but there
needs to be assurance that the government we elect
has the integrity to honour its commitments”. A quick
phone call to the MPP’s constituency assistant a few
days later will ensure that they understand that you
want to know where they stand on this issue. It does
not matter if your MPP is a Liberal or not, it will
still receive political attention.
Premier Dalton McGuinty
Government of Ontario
Room 281, Main Legislative Bldg.
Hon. David Ramsay
Minister of Natural Resources
6630-99 Wellesley St. W., 6th Floor
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your full MPP name and address or call 1-800-268-8758 to
Dear Premier McGuinty
I am writing to urge that you
fulfill a commitment you made over a year ago to review the
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) with respect
to its actions and regulations affecting wildlife
rehabilitation in Ontario. As someone who relies on
wildlife rehabilitators in my community to provide a humane
response with respect to orphaned and injured wildlife, I
am deeply disappointed that you have not yet acted upon
your commitment. I understand that OMNR is in the process
of preparing new regulations to be effective January 2005
and the evidence rehabilitators have been able to gather
suggests these new regulations may actually make things
worse. Regardless, they are inopportune prior to conducting
the promised review.
Extensive development and human
encroachment in natural areas and greater environmental
awareness on the part of the public has increased the need
for wildlife assistance. However, the regressive
regulations of OMNR make it difficult for rehabilitators to
assist wildlife and the public with a humane response. It
is shameful that Canada’s most populous province has become
the only jurisdiction in North America without any
progressive help for wildlife.
Wildlife rehabilitation services
cannot survive within this Ministry and OMNR regulations
and practices create a health risk for Ontario’s citizens.
At the same time, broad public support shown for wildlife
rehabilitators and the important community service they
perform confirms the Ministry is out of step with community
Please recall that it was Liberal
members, while in Opposition, who presented demands for
change to the Ontario Legislature through 9,000 petitions
gathered from residents in 260 communities across the
province. It was Liberal members who were strongly critical
of the Conservative government for allowing the bureaucrats
in OMNR to have created this crisis.
Premier, we urge you to act
immediately on your written commitment to “support a full
and complete review of MNR regulations in relation to
wildlife rehabilitation and to work closely with
stakeholders as you review these regulations”. Stakeholders
must reflect the majority of wildlife rehabilitators in
Ontario through organizations like the Ontario Wildlife
Coalition and Volunteer Wildlife Custodians who they have
selected to represent them.
c.c. David Ramsay, Minister of