Improve Conservation Authority Management and Accountability
To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS Changes in our climate are bringing on more intense and unpredictable storm events which can threaten our homes, properties and communities; and
WHEREAS Ontarians need to know that conservation authorities are focusing their resources on core programs and services that manage the risk of natural hazards, protect sources of drinking water, and manage conservation-authority owned lands that contain many sensitive natural features; and
WHEREAS Now more than ever, in the face of a changing climate and other environmental, social and economic challenges, it is essential that public resources are focused first on protecting people and property; and
WHEREAS Improved management, oversight and accountability of conservation authorities is critical to supporting this core focus; and
WHEREAS A new approach is needed to ensuring the value of conservation authorities that truly responds to the needs of the communities they serve.
THEREFORE, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
Pass the proposed changes in Schedule 6 under Bill 229, Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020, to put conservation authorities in the best position possible so they can better achieve the objectives set out for them.