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Northern Ontario shut out from species at risk hearings


April 24, 2007
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union is lashing out at the Ontario government for what it calls exclud…

The Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union is lashing out at the Ontario government for what it calls excluding communities from species at risk hearings.

The Ontario government is intent on appearing to do the right thing for political gain when it comes to its species at risk act, but it clearly has not been listening to those who stand to lose the most from it, the unions Ontario vice president Cec Makowski said.

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The CEPs anger was sparked in response to confirmation by Ontarios Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay that public hearings on the bill will only be heard in Toronto.

The Liberal government is isolating itself from those most impacted by its decisions, Makowski said. The government has abandoned the communities of Northern Ontario where workers in forest-dependent communities have already been devastated by the crisis in that sector. CEP members and others in these communities have some major concerns about the proposed legislation concerns they will not be permitted to air, thanks to the Ontario governments decision to hear only from Torontonians. We need significant public consultation to occur all across Ontario, not just in Toronto. All stakeholders unions, environmentalists, municipal leaders, Aboriginal groups, farmers and others, should have an opportunity to air their concerns. Its an important piece of legislation, but it needs to be thought through.


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