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Ontario's new species law puts feds to shame

One year from now, Parliament is required to review the effectiveness of SARA. Bureaucrats are now beginning work on the file. They will be hard-pressed to spin this law as a success story.

Last year, the federal government refused a request from Canadian environmental groups to protect the spotted owl in B.C. The owl is one of the most endangered animals in Canada, its decline almost entirely due to clear-cut logging in their habitat. The federal government declined to use the Species At Risk Act (SARA) to protect the owl, arguing that federal protection is unnecessary because the B.C. government has its own management plan in place.

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Ontario's new species law puts feds to shame

One year from now, Parliament is required to review the effectiveness of SARA. Bureaucrats are now beginning work on the file. They will be hard-pressed to spin this law as a success story.

Last year, the federal government refused a request from Canadian environmental groups to protect the spotted owl in B.C. The owl is one of the most endangered animals in Canada, its decline almost entirely due to clear-cut logging in their habitat. The federal government declined to use the Species At Risk Act (SARA) to protect the owl, arguing that federal protection is unnecessary because the B.C. government has its own management plan in place.

  
Parliamentary Calendar
Sunday, July 12, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Politicians, Candidates come out for Toronto Pride Parade, June 28, 2015 June 29, 2015

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On Sunday, Toronto didn't have to wait for the rain to stop for the rainbows to appear, or the politicians. Pictured here, federal and Ontario Liberal leaders Justin Trudeau and Kathleen Wynne, joined by MPs Chrystia Freeland, Carolyn Bennett, and Bob Rae. Candidates Bill Morneau, Salma Zahid, and Bill Blair were there, too.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, really playing up the beard thing at this year's pride.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May alongside candidates Gord Miller, Mike Schreiner, and deputy leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Mark Daye.

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A first this year was a Conservative contingent actually walking in the parade. They were calling themselves the LGTBTories. Among them were MP Bernard Trottier, candidate for Toronto-Centre Julian Di Battista, and Status of Women and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.

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NDP Toronto MPs Matthew Kellway and Craig Scott, with Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and candidate for Toronto-Centre Linda McQuaig.

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Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett carrying the banner with the Women's College Hospital in the parade.

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In an appearance that has sparked some backlash among social-conservative Conservatives, MPPs Jack MacLaren and Lisa MacLeod marched alongside Ontario Progressive Conservative Party Leader Patrick Brown.

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