The Ontario Wildlife Coalition calls
upon the McGuinty Government to make several New Year's resolutions.
Toronto, December 29, 2004: The Ontario Wildlife Coalition challenges the Minister of
Finance, Greg Sorbara, Minister of Natural Resources, David Ramsay and the McGuinty
government to make the following New Year’s resolutions:
(Ontario Wildlife Coalition)
A Happy "Mike Harris"
From Natural Resources Minister, David Ramsay
To Ontario Wildlife Rehabilitators
Toronto, December 27, 2004: On December 15, 2004, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources posted
“Enhanced Wildlife Rehabilitation Program”, EBR Registry Number PB04E6022. In true “Mike
Harris” style, the Minister, David Ramsay tabled the changes 10 days before Christmas, thereby reducing
the real comment period to about three weeks. He then titled regressive changes with positive sounding
language and circulated a “good news” media release. In fact, the changes, which make it impossible
to humanely care for all wildlife, were met with a great deal of anger by wildlife rehabilitators.
(Ontario Wildlife Coalition)
Christmas - Ministry of Natural
December 22, 2004: Ministry staff are aggressively and negatively targeting wildlife
rehabilitators - the people who help injured, sick or orphaned wild animals and who volunteer their time
and offer a free and valuable service to communities all over Ontario.
(Ontario Wildlife Coalition)
Scrooged! No Christmas for orphaned
wildlife this year!
Wildlife rehabilitators unfairly and negatively targeted by the Minister
Toronto, December 20, 2004: Actions by the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources, David Ramsay reached a
new low when his staff posted changes to regulations governing wildlife rehabilitators just a few days
(Ontario Wildlife Coalition)
wolf protection proposal overlooks species at risk, group says
November 25, 2004 TORONTO -- The wolf conservation proposal announced today by Minister of Natural
Resources David Ramsay must overcome some key challenges before it can be considered effective, the
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) said at Queen's Park today. Full
Earthroots says Minister Ramsay is leading the pack in the right direction
November 25, 2004 (Toronto) Earthroots congratulates Minister of Natural Resources, David Ramsay, who
today announced a plan to improve the conservation of wolves across the province. The Minister is
proposing to regulate the recreational hunting of wolves by restricting the seasons and limits on the
number of wolves that can be hunted annually.
Ontario proposes province-wide protection for wolves
Invites Public Input On Proposed Strategy
November 25, 2004 TORONTO -- The McGuinty government is proposing to enhance the
conservation of Ontario wolves through the first province-wide wolf strategy and through
regulations to limit wolf hunting, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.
MNR Press release.
The ministry is posting the strategy and the proposed regulation changes to the Environmental
Bill of Rights Registry for 40 days in two postings.
Click here to view proposals and enter Registry Number PB04E6020. Written
submissions may be made between November 25, 2004 and January 04, 2005.
OMNR strong-arm tactics and regressive
regulations leaves wildlife rehabilitation and orphaned wildlife in the cold!
Anonymous attack on the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary mirrors the Ministry’s hostility to wildlife
Friday October 15, 2004: The Ontario Wildlife Coalition vigorously opposes the recent scurrilous
attack on the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is accused of putting
wildlife in peril, people at risk and blatantly breaking Ministry of Natural Resources regulations. The
attack has taken place as the Ministry continues with its unprecedented attack on wildlife rehabilitators.
Province expands Fall bear hunt in Northern Ontario
Sept. 24, 2004 TORONTO - Following a 30-day posting on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) registry,
the government has decided to extend the fall bear hunt by a little over two weeks from October 15 to
October 31 in the areas of Northern Ontario where the hunt previously ended on October 15.
Province launches Moose Watch 2004; annual campaign against moose poaching
Sept. 14, 2004 TORONTO - Moose Watch
Ontario's enforcement campaign to prevent moose poaching and protect moose populations, is underway for
the 2004 season, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.
Province proposes to eliminate hunting of wildlife held in captivity, seeks public comment
August 16, 2004 TORONTO - The province is proposing to eliminate the hunting of wildlife in captivity,
Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today. "Many Ontarians have expressed strong views
against hunting in captivity and feel it's inconsistent with Ontario's hunting heritage," said Ramsay.
MNR press release.
Click to view proposal - comments needed by September 15, 2004.
Gassing groundhogs in Ottawa Parks is cruel, unnecessary: Ottawa Citizen, 3 stories, letter
August 11, 2004 - The Ottawa Citizen: Gassing groundhogs in Ottawa parks where city staff regard
them as pests is cruel and unnecessary because the rodents don't bite and are no health threat, the
executive director of the Ottawa Humane Society says.
Hunt Expanded; New Proposals for Bear and Wild Turkey
August 10, 2004 - TORONTO — The Ontario government is increasing hunting opportunities across the province
as part of a sustainable wildlife management program, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced
The proposed changes to the fall bear hunt and the wild turkey hunt is available on the Environmental Bill
of Rights (EBR) registry for 30 days for public comment. Click for
black bear proposal,
wild turkey proposal. Comments needed by September 8, 2004.
City of Ottawa admits it
killed groundhogs in park
August 10, 2004 - The Ottawa Citizen: A rash of groundhog poisonings in Andrew Haydon Park is not
the work of malicious vandals -- it's city-mandated policy, says Alex Cullen, councillor for Bay Ward.
Review of MNR long overdue
July 14, 2004 - The Independent, East Northumberland News:
The provincial Liberal government says it will conduct a full and complete review of the Ministry of
Natural Resources. As well it should.
Ottawa City council seeks return to progressive wildlife service
Ottawa, June 23, 2004 – The City of Ottawa will ask the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) to
restore wildlife rehabilitation services, while ending a controversial rabies program that has resulted in
the killing of more than 9,700 animals across Eastern Ontario over the past four years. Brain tissue tests
later revealed that 99.8% of these animals were healthy.
Cormorant slaughter at Presqu’ile complete; Liberals move onto Kingston Islands
Toronto, June 17, 2004: Ontario Parks surpassed their quota of 6000 dead Double-crested Cormorants last
week at Presqu’ile Provincial Park near Trenton, Ontario. The final tally of dead birds is 6030. But even
before the birds could be laid to rest, the Liberal government hosted a meeting last Friday, June 11 with
the New York State Fish and Wildlife Service to explore the possibility of killing cormorants on islands
near Kingston, Ontario.
Reality check on rabies
June 15, 2004 Ottawa Citizen - To describe Ontario's raccoon rabies program as a "phenomenal success" is
to overlook the facts ("Province renews raccoon rabies control program," June 6). Just three days earlier,
this same program came under attack from Ottawa's health, recreation and social services committee.
Ontario government calls for scientific review of rabies-raccoon program
June 11, 2004 Kanata Kourier-Standard - The Ontario government should scrap its “depopulation”
raccoon-rabies program and license wildlife centres to treat animals possibly infected with the disease,
recommends a city committee report. The health, recreation and social services committee recommended last
week (June 3) that city council pressure the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) to stop trapping and
killing all foxes, skunks and raccoons within a five-kilometre radius of an animal found infected with
Veterinarians do not
want to euthanize healthy wildlife
OTTAWA, June 10, 2004 – Staff at the Alta Vista Animal Hospital (AVAH) want to make it clear to the public
that they do not want to euthanize healthy wildlife. Under current wildlife regulations, members of the
public who find orphaned wildlife have two equally unfortunate legal options. They can leave the
animal to die or they can take it to an animal shelter or veterinarian for euthanasia. When faced
with these choices, many compassionate people are choosing to attempt to raise the wild animal themselves.
Coalition formed to level wildlife playing field in Ontario
Toronto, June 7, 2004: Frustrated by the Ontario government’s inability to modernize the Ministry of
Natural Resources, more than 75 wildlife rehabilitation groups and, environmental and animal welfare
organizations have joined forces as the Ontario Wildlife Coalition to ensure a more representative voice
on wildlife issues at Queen’s Park.
Ontario Parks proudly announces 1393 dead cormorants in one day all time record high
Toronto June 2, 2004: On Monday May 31, Ontario Parks shot and killed 1393 nesting double-crested
cormorants at Presqu'ile Provincial Park, near Trenton Ontario. On Tuesday May 25, they shot and killed
1098, and on Wednesday May 26, 439 were killed - for a grand total of 4592 in just eleven days of
shooting. It is fully anticipated Ontario Parks will reach they goal of 6000 dead birds this week.
Ontario government protects Algonquin wolves
May 31, 2004, TORONTO — The Ontario government is protecting the Eastern Wolf by permanently banning the
hunting, trapping and chasing of wolves and coyotes in and around Algonquin Provincial Park, Natural
Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.
MNR press release.
Rabies and the OMNR:
Time to tame spending on fighting rabies in wild animals
May 28, 2004, The Globe and Mail: While hospitals and governments struggle to provide front-line medical
care and combat serious health threats such as SARS and West Nile, one Ontario government department is
spending millions of dollars to battle a disease that ranks near the bottom of human health risks: rabies.
Biggest one day
slaughter in Ontario's history - Final tally 1083
May 26, 2004, Brighton: The first day after the Victoria Day weekend government hired gunmen shot and
killed more than 1,000 nesting double crested cormorants. "It is the height of nesting season and being
dedicated to their nests makes them helpless sitting targets," says Anna Maria Valastro of the Peaceful
arrested at Presqu'ile Provincial Park
May 25, 2004, Brighton: More protesters were arrested at Presqu'ile Provincial Park near Trenton, Ontario
yesterday for protesting the mass slaughter of 6000 double-crested cormorants. The protesters were simply
handing out flyers outside the park boundary, when park warden Rob Raposo called the Ontario Provincial
They're cute, but they'll die if you try to help save them
Ottawa Humane Society must kill sick, orphaned wild animals brought in
May 23, 2004 Ottawa Citizen - Animal lovers eager to protect wildlife are unwittingly dooming the animals
to a death sentence by bringing them to the Ottawa Humane Society, says the shelter's executive director.
Bruce Roney says people don't understand that provincial law forces the society to euthanize sick, injured
and orphaned wild animals.
Thank You For Visiting Presqu'ile, But Please, Don't
May 22, 2004, Toronto: This long weekend, The Peaceful
Parks Coalition will be encouraging visitors not to
return to Presqu'ile Provincial Park until the Liberal
government recognizes the park as an ecological jewel
and manages it accordingly.
cull photo diary (ProNature Network)
Great Blue Herons
abandon nests at Presqu'ile Provincial Park
May 21, 2004, Toronto: Soon after the Ontario Ministry
of Natural Resources began shooting double-crested
cormorants at High Bluff Island in Presqu'ile Provincial
Park, great blue herons abandoned their nests. The
Peaceful Parks observed empty nests on two separate
visits, and the Ministry finally confirmed their
observations this week.
Press release (Peaceful Parks)
Earthroots activists arrested for viewing cormorants during
cull in Presqu’ile Provincial Park
May 20, 2004, Toronto: Earthroots activists canoed
to High Bluff Island in Presqu’ile Provincial Park on
Monday, May 17th to document and bear witness to a
massive cull of nearly 6,000 cormorants in the protected
bird sanctuary. The Ministry of Natural Resources is
charging the group of 5 with trespassing, which amounts
to a fine of $350. Earthroots has retained criminal
lawyer Clayton Ruby to represent them in court to
contest the charge.
Press release (Earthroots)
Cormorants get their say in by-election - Liberals
"culled" from Hamilton East
May 14, 2004, Toronto: The coalition of organizations
opposed to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
cormorant slaughter on High Bluff Island in Presqu’ile
Provincial Park celebrates the defeat of the Liberal
candidate, Ralph Agostino in the Hamilton East by-election.
Lead shot more polluting than bird shit -
cormorant cull update
May 11/04 Belleville - The Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources has taken a short reprieve from shooting
double-crested cormorants at High Bluff Island in
Presqu'ile Provincial Park because the birds are getting
skittish. The Ministry shot and killed 320 birds on the
first day -- Thursday May 6, 150 birds on the second day
-- Friday May 7, and 50 birds on Saturday May 8.
Ontarians support ban on sport hunting wolves - poll
May 10/04 TORONTO - Earthroots is calling on the Ontario
government to implement a comprehensive protection plan
for wolves. Today, the environmental group released a
province-wide poll that surveyed Ontarians’ attitudes
about wolves and the government’s management of the
Coalition works with top lawyer to explore all options
to end cormorant slaughter
Toronto, May 7, 2004: Animal Alliance of Canada, the Animal
Protection Institute, Canadians for Snow Geese, Environment Voters and
peaceful Parks Coalition has retained Clayton Ruby well-known Canadian
criminal lawyer to end the slaughter of 6,000 cormorants on High Bluff
Island, a nesting bird sanctuary in Presqu'ile Provincial Park or to
prevent it from happening again.
Cormorant cull approved, shooting begins today
May 6/04 The Ontario government has decided to proceed
with a cull of up to 6,000 cormorants at Presqu'ile
Provincial Park, even though it has not conducted a
promised environmental assessment, Natural Resources
Minister David Ramsay said yesterday.
For those individuals interested in witnessing this
atrocity, please contact the Peaceful Parks Coalition at
416.537.3212 or email
Cormorant cull on hold while province evaluates
Apr. 27/04 TORONTO
(CP) -- The cull of up to 6,000 cormorants in Presqu'ile
Provincial Park is on hold and may be put off until next
year while Ontario's environment minister evaluates a
request for an environmental assessment of the plan. Full story
Ontario government signs protocol with police about bears
Apr. 26/04 The Ontario government is making
communities in bear country safer and stronger through a
new protocol with the Ontario Provincial Police about
responding to bear problems, Natural Resources Minister
David Ramsay announced today.
MNR press release.
Ontario Wildlife Coalition responds to cormorant cull
Apr. 15/04 - The Ontario Wildlife Coalition has
responded to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
proposal to kill up to 6000 Double-crested Cormorants
beginning this month. View the coalition's
EBR submission and
proposes two new gun seasons for deer in Eastern Ontario
Apr. 8/04 -
The Ministry of Natural resources is proposing two new
gun seasons for eastern Ontario. Those proposals
include a new 6-day muzzleloader season for deer
starting the first Monday in December. The
proposal is posted for public written comment until Aprill
McGuinty government launches bear wise program
Mar. 30/04 - The McGuinty government has
established a toll-free hotline as part of a new Bear
Wise strategy to help manage nuisance black bears and
make communities safer, Natural Resources Minister David
Ramsay announced today, delivering on a promise he made
"People can call toll free 1-866-514-BEAR (2327) 24
hours a day, seven days a week to report nuisance bear
problems," said Ramsay. "
MNR press release
Shooting cormorants over dead trees raises suspicions
about Liberal motives
Mar. 23/04 Toronto Star - Last fall, the provincial
Conservatives mockingly labelled Dalton McGuinty an
"evil, reptilian kitten-eater from another planet." They
should have called him a double-crested cormorant killer
from Presqu'ile Provincial Park. As things turned out,
that might have been more apt.
Animal Cruelty Bill brought back before parliament
Mar. 18/04 On Monday, March 8, the House of Commons
voted to bring back before Parliament the amendments to
the animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code.
The Bill, formerly known as C-10B, will now be referred
to as Bill C-22.
Alert! Help support
campaign to stop aerial gunning of wolves in Alaska
Mar. 16/04 Defenders Of Wildlife - At least 100 wolves
have been killed under Alaska's deadly aerial gunning
program. Trophy hunters can gun down wolves from
airplanes and helicopters or run the helpless wolves to
exhaustion, then land and shoot them. And now the Alaska
Board of Game has expanded the program -- meaning even
more wolves will be slaughtered.
Full story and what you can do to help.
Massive slaughter of Double-crested Cormorants planned
for Presqu'ile Provincial Park
Mar. 05/04 The Ontario Ministry of
Natural Resources is planning to shoot up to 6000 adult
cormorants beginning next month (April 2004) at
It will be posted for public comment for 46 days at:
McGuinty government protects Algonquin wolves
Mar. 03/04 The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
today announced its intention to make the ban on
hunting, trapping or snaring wolves and coyotes in 39
townships around Algonquin Park permanent.
MNR press release.
It will be posted for public comment for 30 days at:
Save Alonquin Wolves
Feb. 29/04 Editorial, Toronto Star - The 2 1/2 year ban
on hunting or trapping wolves in the 39 townships around
Algonquin park expires on June 30. Before it does,
Premier Dalton McGuinty's government should act
decisively and make the ban permanent.
Bear experts urge BC to protect 68-84% of occupied
grizzly habitat to avoid grizzly extinction
Feb. 12/04 Raincoast Conservation Society - Victoria, BC
A report by five independent bear biologists released
today concludes that most of British Columbia’s occupied
grizzly bear habitat must be protected to avoid a long
term slide into extinction.
500 calls needed for 500 grizzly bears
left in Alberta
Feb 10/04 Wildcanada.net - Please phone
the Premier of Alberta by dialing 310-0000
in Alberta, or (780) 427-2251 outside of
the province, and ask that he cancel the
hunt immediately, and list the grizzly
bear as threatened under the Wildlife Act.
We need 500 phone calls placed – one for
every grizzly bear left in Alberta.
Alberta grizzly hunt approved,
conservationists appalled as
73 licences OK'd
Feb. 03/04 Calgary Herald -
Alberta's spring grizzly bear
hunt will continue this year
despite pleas from
environmentalists who say
allowing the bears to be
hunted is needlessly putting
the province's grizzly
population at risk.
First wolves die in Alaska aerial gunning program
Jan. 31/04 Anchorage, Alaska - Defenders of Wildlife today expressed
outrage over the confirmed killing of 14 wolves so far in Alaska's
Nelchina Basin by airborne private hunters. These are the first
wolves killed under Alaska's controversial new aerial gunning
program, and the first since the state legislature overturned 1996
and 2000 statewide referendums that outlawed the practice.
Algonquin wolves in danger
Jan 28/04 The wolves of Algonquin do not enjoy true protection in
the absence of a permanent and effective moratorium on killing
outside the park boundaries, and without a province-wide wolf
McGuinty government will not reinstate Spring bear hunt
Dec. 17/03 Government Moves to Solve Long-standing Issue of
Nuisance Bears The McGuinty government will move to manage
nuisance bears and protect Ontario communities and the natural
environment, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced
MNR press release.
Coalition challenges reintroduction of Spring bear hunt, report
Dec. 5/03 Nuisance Bear Committee's recommendations to
reintroduce the spring bear hunt has been strongly challenged by a
report to David Ramsay, Minister of Natural Resources from the
Read Report or
click for Word document.
Coalition of animal protection and environmental groups slam pro
spring bear hunt bias of Tory Committee
Nov. 12/03 A coalition of animal protection and environmental groups
condemns the recommendation by the Tory appointed "Nuisance Bear
Review Committee" to re-introduce the spring bear hunt. The
Committee's Report and Recommendations, released by Natural Resource
Minister David Ramsay on November 10th , confirms the Committee's
bias and its disregard for its mandate.
Read press release.
MNR minister Ramsay releases nuisance bear review report
Nov. 10/03 Committee finds no evidence of a scientific link between
nuisance bear activity and the Tories’ cancellation of the spring
bear hunt but recommends reinstating the Spring bear hunt for
Read press release.
Liberal senators vote to kill animal cruelty
We are calling upon all the 23 Liberal Senators
to reverse their position and vote for the
Read press release.
Click here for more details on what you can do!
Press Release: Ontario Liberal party calls for an
inquiry into government's closure of Ottawa-Carleton
Ottawa, September 17, 2003 – Liberal candidates from
across Ottawa and Eastern Ontario are unanimously
calling for a review into the Ontario government’s
mismanagement of wildlife rehabilitation in the
province, including last year’s highly criticized
closure of the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre.
Read full press release.
Candidate's Survey results.
Wildlife Centre calls for Inquiry
Aug. 8, 2003 / Peace and Environmental News - The seizure, then release,
of healthy young wild animals by the Ontario government from an Ottawa
wildlife rehabilitation centre has caused demands for an inquiry into
the whole affair.
Fawn hit by car renews calls for Wildlife Centre
July 18, 2003 / Nepean This Week - A fawn spotted darting back
and forth through traffic was finally hit by a car travelling eastbound
on Hunt Club, near Merivale. Full
Province killed 8,000 animals in two years
July 18, 2003 / Nepean This Week - Ontario must stop its
"unnecessary slaughter" of raccoons to control rabies, a coalition of
animal-welfare groups has said. Of the thousands of animals slain
under the program, 99.8 per cent did not even have rabies.
Read full story.
Click here to download report,
Click here for photos.
Barrhaven Wildlife: Kasia's story
July 4, 2003 Kasia Stalinski, a member of our
WildlifeOntario messageboard, is fighting to protect the wildlife behind
her Barrhaven home from ill intentioned neighbours. Two local
newspapers cover her story:
This Week story,
Barrhaven Independent story.
Open Letter to the Premier of Ontario
June 23, 2003 A formal request to the Premier of Ontario for an
inquiry into the treatment of wildlife seized by the Ontario Ministry of
Natural Resources in a controversial raid on the Ottawa-Carleton
Wildlife Centre in September 2002.
Read letter to Premier Eves.
Press Release: OMNR slaughter of thousands of raccoons is costly,
ineffective, inhumane way to control rabies: Report.
TORONTO, OTTAWA, June 16, 2003 –
Vaccinating raccoons, as opposed to killing them, would be
cheaper, kinder and a more effective way to curb rabies, said a
report released today by a province-wide network of animal
Read full press release. See report below.
Report to the government of Ontario
June 16, 2003 This report has been prepared by animal welfare
organizations with recommendations for an effective strategy for raccoon
rabies control in Ontario.
Click here to download report,
Click here for photos
International Fund for Animal Welfare letter to Premier Eves
CFRA radio show highlights wildlife crisis; Reinforces need for
May 18, 2003 Today's CFRA radio show "Sunday Morning with
Bev McRae" featured Donna DuBreuil, President of the
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre. It was an excellent show
that touched on all of the issues surrounding the wildlife
fiasco caused by the MNR in eastern Ontario.
Read full story.
Animal lover' worries sick squirrel will die if no one steps in
May 15, 2003 / Ottawa Citizen - Amanda Woolford is furious she
can't find anyone who will help save Baby, the little
charcoal-coloured squirrel she's been caring for ever since she
found him hobbling along Blake Boulevard in Vanier a couple of
days ago. She says she's taking care of him because she has
nowhere else to turn.
Press Release: Let Katie go: IFAW and OCWC demand
fox be given back to her Ottawa caregiver
Ottawa - May 14, 2003 - The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR)
must give the year-old fox they tamed back to her Ottawa
caregivers if she is to have any chance to return to the wild,
the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre (OCWC) demanded today. Read
full press release
Ottawa Humane Society begs public to stop picking up wildlife
May 13, 2003 - In the wake of the closure of the Ottawa-Carleton
Wildlife Centre, the Ottawa Humane Society has been inundated
with calls regarding wildlife and now that birthing season has
arrived, people are picking up young wild animals and bringing
them to the Champagne Avenue Shelter.
Read full press release
No Disney-like ending for Ottawa wildlife
May 7, 2003 - If ever there was a time for an inquiry, the time
is now. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources reached
a new low in its mismanagement of wildlife rehabilitation last
week when it released 34 healthy raccoons and three skunks into
an area where rabies is prevalent and where the Ministry is
Press Release: Healthy Ottawa wildlife released by OMNR in
rabies hot zone
OTTAWA, May 7, 2003 – A call by the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife
Centre (OCWC) yesterday for an inquiry into the Ontario Ministry
of Natural Resources (MNR) mismanagement of wildlife
rehabilitation in the province has taken on a new sense of
Read full press release
Press Release: Wildlife Centre calls for inquiry of MNR;
wants wildlife rehab file transferred to Environment ministry
OTTAWA, May 6, 2003 – The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre (OCWC)
is calling for an inquiry into the Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources’ (MNR) mismanagement of wildlife rehabilitation in the
province, including its unjustified move last week to release
quarantined raccoons and skunks back into the wild without first
allowing an independent assessment of the health of these
animals, and a brief period of rehabilitation.
Read full press release
MNR releases seized animals without providing further
May 02, 2003 MNR says it has released 34 raccoons and 3
skunks seized from the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre last
September. They were apparently "hard" released on crown
land in Southeastern Ontario, i.e. left there without the
benefit of any further rehabilitation to learn crucial skills
such as foraging or climbing and presumably no way to check on
Read MNR press release.
Rehabilitation vital before releasing animals into wild
May 02, 2003 / Kanata Kourier Standard - If the
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre gets back the 34 raccoons seized
by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources by this Friday,
there is still a chance for a good life for them. Donna DuBreuil,
president of the OCWC, says with four weeks assessment and
rehabilitation, the raccoons could be released into the wild
with a great degree of success.
Premier of Ontario comments on CFRA radio
April 28/03 On CFRA radio this morning, Premier Ernie Eves
committed to looking into the issue regarding the animals that
were seized by the Ministry of Natural Resources last September
from the Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre.
Full story and details for letter writing campaign.
Press Release: OCWC demands proof that animals seized by
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources are alive, and releasable
In court, Justice says a period of
rehabilitation would be in the best interest of the animals.
April 25, 2003 The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre (OCWC) is
demanding proof that the raccoons, skunks and fox seized from
its care last year by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
(MNR) are alive, and have not been damaged to the point where
they are no longer releasable.
Read full press release,
what is MNR trying to hide?
Wildlife Centre loses legal battle for animals
April 24, 2003 / CBC Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre workers have
lost their fight to win back the animals they once cared for. An Ottawa
justice of the peace ruled late Wednesday that he could not force
Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources to return the 34 raccoons.
Wildlife Centre fights for seized animals
April 23, 2003 / CBC The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre is back
in court Wednesday, trying to get back 40 animals seized in a raid last
year by the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Press Release: Ontario government taken to task over
treatment of animals seized from Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife
Wildlife Centre court case begins
April 16, 2003 - Lawrence Greenspon, the lawyer representing the
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre, will appear in an Ottawa court
room tomorrow to challenge the Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources (MNR) on its treatment of animals seized from the
Wildlife Centre last September.
Information released by the MNR confirms
that the 34 raccoons are being cared for in ways that contravene
its own guidelines for the humane and responsible rehabilitation
of wildlife. Having not only kept the animals alone and
isolated for seven months, they have been kept in cages that are
only one-third the size required by their minimum standard for
rehabilitation of this species and on wire mesh floors with no
opportunity to learn climbing skills.
Read full press release.
Press Release: Living With Wildlife - Wildlife centre
launches new web site for local residents
OTTAWA, April 2, 2003 – The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre (OCWC)
isn’t able to respond to the thousands of frantic calls from
people seeking advice for a wildlife problem this Spring, but it
has launched a new web site to help residents make the right
Read full press release with accompanying squirrel photo.
Action Alert! To Premier
Eves & Ottawa MPPs: Return seized animals to the Wildlife
Centre for critical rehabilitation
March 31, 2003 The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre has an
application that will be heard by the court on April 17th for
the return of the animals but we are asking for the leadership
of the Premier and local Tory MPPs to do the right thing in not
waiting until then.
Full story and details on letter writing campaign.
Every minute counts for 40 seized animals!
21, 2003 / Kanata Kourier Standard - What can you do in four weeks?
The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre is hoping the Ontario Court of
Justice will see it their way in four weeks’ time. They’re asking
the Court to give an immediate okay to their application asking for
the return of animals taken from the OCWC shelter seven months ago.
The staff of the OCWC want the seized animals back NOW but the
decision to return the animals is a political one. Find out
what you can do the next 4 weeks to help get the animals back!
Information on animals seized.
Press Release: Court to Consider Future of Seized Ottawa
Animals; Canadian & American Rehabilitators Criticize Ministry’s
Care of Animals
OTTAWA, Mar. 19, 2003 – The Ontario Court of Justice has agreed to
consider an application that would force the Ontario Ministry of
Natural Resources (MNR) to return dozens of Ottawa animals seized
from the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre (OCWC) in September 2002.
The application, filed by OCWC Board Member Debbie Lawes, represents
a final attempt by wildlife rehabilitators to save these animals
before it’s too late.
Read full press release,
Information on animals seized
Wildlife centre seeks return of 40 animals
Mar. 19, 2003 / The Ottawa Citizen - The president of the
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre has called on the provincial
government to return 40 animals taken from the centre last year.
Urban Animals: What's crawling in the crawl space?
Mar. 11, 2003 / The Ottawa Citizen - This column demonstrates
the severity of the wildlife crisis in Eastern Ontario with the
arrival of Spring. To resolve the reporter's wildlife
"problem" the city gives her phone numbers of "nuisance
trappers" who advocate the use of live traps (potentially
leaving babies to die), kill traps and whacking the animal with
Mar. 7, 2003 - Four new letters were published in The Ottawa
Citizen and Ottawa Sun this week.
Wildlife Centre wants its animals back
Feb. 28, 2003 / CBC - The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre wants
its animals back. The provincial ministry of natural resources took
raccoons, skunks and foxes from the centre after expanding a rabies
zone to include Ottawa.
Animal foster parents fined $700
Feb. 28, 2003 / The Ottawa Citizen - Two longtime animal "foster
parents" were given light fines in a provincial court hearing
yesterday for refusing to co-operate with a law they feel leaves
Press Release: Ottawa judge dismisses charges against Wildlife
calls charges inhumane
OTTAWA, Feb. 27, 2003 – The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre (OCWC)
is declaring victory today following a ruling by Ontario Court
Justice Jolicoeur to dismiss most of the charges laid against the
Centre’s president and one of its foster volunteers by the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).
Read full press release
Centre's closing puts animals in danger
We're about to become a
Wendy Stewart, Councillor for River ward.
Feb. 26, 2003 / The Ottawa Citizen - Wildlife centre's demise
means there'll be no help for creatures in need, official fears.
Hundreds and maybe thousands of baby squirrels, raccoons and other
small animals will die this spring because the Ottawa-Carleton
Wildlife Centre was forced to close.
News Update on
Feb. 16, 2003 - We have learned that the raccoons that were
seized from the Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre and being held at
the Codrington research facility, 240 kilometres southwest of Ottawa
have been separated and are being caged separately, a practice that
is unbelievably cruel for raccoons.
Wildlife experts from Canada and the United States are appalled
that the healthy raccoons, social animals by nature, are not being
wintered in groups. Experts say that what the MNR is doing is
unthinkable and will likely result in the animals perishing
following their release into the wild.
The MNR's cruelty knows no bounds!
Wildlife fiasco destroys public trust
Jan. 30, 2003 - Ottawa Citizen: Guest Column; By
For six months, the Ontario Ministry of Natural
Resources has insisted on defining Ottawa as a
high-risk zone for raccoon rabies. It has never
On Jan. 16, the city's health, recreation and
social services committee sought an explanation.
Concerned residents, an Ottawa MPP and an Ottawa
veterinarian appeared, along with national and local
animal welfare organizations, warning of the health,
economic and legal repercussions that will ensue as a
result of this decision.
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre closes
Dec. 31, 2002 - The Ottawa Carleton Wildlife Centre has been
forced to close following a four-month battle with the Ontario
Ministry of Natural Resources. Half way through the wildlife
season the MNR imposed a 1 km release restriction for all wildlife
in Ontario and disallowed rehabilitation of rabies vector species
(raccoons, skunks, foxes) in a large part of eastern Ontario,
including Ottawa. These restrictions made it impossible to offer a
humane and responsible wildlife rehabilitation service and have
resulted in the loss of a valuable world-class community service.
Wildlife centre closes its doors
Nov. 29, 2002 / CBC – Beleaguered by budgets battles and
confrontations with the province, the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife
Centre is emptying its cages and shutting down. The centre's
director announced the decision Friday.
Press Release: Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre announces
closure of rehabilitation facility and hotline service
OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2002 – The Board of Directors of the
Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre (OCWC) regret to announce that they
will be closing the Moodie Drive wildlife rehabilitation facility,
and its Conflict Resolution telephone hotline service. The Centre
finalized its decision at its annual general meeting November 28.
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Wildlife Centre loses animals
Sept. 12, 2002 / CBC - Officers with Ontario's Natural Resources
have removed more than 30 raccoons from the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife
Centre in the city's west end.
Wildlife Centre must let officials in: Judge orders ministry to care
for animals, not kill them
Aug. 15, 2002 / The Ottawa Citizen - The Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife
Centre has refused to let Natural Resources officials seize its
animals, including these two raccoons.
Ministry battles Centre over animals
Aug. 13, 2002 / CBC - Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources
says it won't necessarily kill the animals it wants to seize from
the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre. Officials say they want the
Centre to hand over the animals so they can observe them at their
own facility for an indefinite period. On Friday, a rabies unit with
the ministry showed up at the wildlife centre but staff at the
centre refused to let them in.
Press Release: MNR descends onto property of the OCWC.
OTTAWA, August 9, 2002: This afternoon at about 3:00pm
officials from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources descended
onto the property of the Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre for the
purpose of seizing young animals being housed and cared for in its
facility. The Ministry mounted this operation in the face of a
legal proceeding that is presently in the Ontario Superior Court of
Read press release.
Newborn wildlife will suffer most under new provincial rules
July 24, 2002 / The Ottawa Citizen - Is the Ontario government
intent on shutting down responsible wildlife rehabilitation in this
province? If so, I congratulate it on doing an effective job.
There has been much coverage in the media over the last week of
strong-armed tactics by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to
impose new restrictions on the release of wildlife, including
squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, porcupines, groundhogs and skunks. At
the same time, they have – without any scientific justification –
expanded the rabies risk zone to include Ottawa.
These two decisions will do more to jeopardize public health,
than protect it.
Press Release: OCWC Press Conference July 24, 2002