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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
Friday, October 24, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.

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