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Putting bigger teeth on fight against invasive species

Wednesday, February 26, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO MINISTRY
OF NATURAL RESOURCES
 
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Fighting Invasive Species in Ontario

Province proposing new legislation to take action against invasive species

Ontario is taking strong action to address the social, ecological and economic threats that invasive species pose to our natural environment.

The Invasive Species Act, to be introduced today, would support the prevention, early detection, rapid response and eradication of invasive species in the province.

If passed, the legislation would position Ontario as the first and only jurisdiction in Canada to introduce standalone invasive species legislation.

This legislation would:

  • Give Ontario the tools to ban activities such as possessing and transporting certain invasive species,

  • Allow the government to intervene earlier and enable rapid response actions, including working with partners to stop an invasive species from spreading – for example by preventing the movement of contaminated firewood,

  • Help ensure compliance through modernized inspection and enforcement measures.

Protecting the environment is part of the government’s plan to enhance the quality of life for Ontario families and ensure a dynamic economy for future generations.

It is also part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths – its people and strategic partnerships.

Quotes

“Ontario is proud to introduce the Invasive Species Act which, if passed, would make Ontario a national leader in invasive species prevention and management. This proposed legislation would be a critical tool in our fight against the growing threat of invasive species, and for addressing the ecological and economic threats that invasive species pose to our province.”

— David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources

“Preventing invasive species from arriving and becoming established in Ontario is of utmost importance. I am pleased that the Ontario government will be proposing legislation today that would help us to accomplish this vital task.”

— Angelo Lombardo, Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

“The Invasive Species Centre is proud to work in partnership with Ontario, and many other important organizations, to combat invasive species in the province. The introduction of this proposed legislation would strengthen these partnerships and make our efforts to fight invasive species even more effective.”

— Dilhari Fernando, Executive Director, Invasive Species Centre

Quick facts
  • Globally, invasive species costs to the environment, agriculture and societies – including control costs – are estimated to be $1.4 trillion — the equivalent of five per cent of the global economy and seven times the cost of natural disasters.

  • The cost of managing invasive zebra mussels in Ontario alone is estimated at $75 to $91 million per year. This includes costs to municipalities, businesses, and power producers.

  • If introduced into Ontario’s aquatic ecosystems, Asian Carp would cause a significant negative impact to the province’s $2.2 billion recreational fishing industry.

  • You can do your part by reporting invasive species sightings to the Invading Species Hotline at: 1-800-563-7711 or by email at info@invadingspecies.com. You can also report online at http://www.eddmaps.org/ontario/.

Learn more

Read about the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan.

Learn more about the Invading Species Awareness Program.

Learn more about the Invasive Species Centre.

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HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/26/2014 4:27:44 PM Report

More propaganda 'news releases'

The thing about invasive species is, you have to be PRO ACTIVE. Once they've invaded it's entirely too late. I don't mean to sound negative and it's worth looking at ways of slowing these buggers down, but most of them were intentionally introduced by the same groups of ppl now offering up their new "solutions".

This program will no doubt focus on the species that have already invaded, like the Asian Carp, which this press release suggests might not yet be introduced lol

"If introduced into Ontario’s aquatic ecosystems, Asian Carp..."

Also, it's the kind of thing where it's incredibly important to have the full support of our neighbours to the South and the rest of the provinces, which we don't have...

...but it will find new tax dollars for some gov't jobs! MOAR JOBS!
bounder 2/26/2014 4:41:29 PM Report

Invasive ,
thieving politicians, that's one big species.
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/26/2014 5:11:46 PM Report

Well said, bounder...you gotta love the irony of a politician, the most widespread and damaging invasive species of all time, introducing legislation to control the threat of invasive species.

Tell me about it, Davy O! Think we don't know about the dangers such a threat presents to Canadians?

I still love you but I wish you'd stop trying to impose your will upon me, as I certainly didn't ask for you to represent or govern me.
KBO 2/26/2014 10:42:54 PM Report

God why do I have to look at this little pricks face 3 times a day on this site?
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