Ontario Nature Guest Blog: 10 disturbing findings from Ontario’s Protecting and Recovering Species at Risk report
This blog was originally published by Ontario Nature. Guest blog by
Anne Bell, Director of Conservation and Education at Ontario Nature.
Ontario Nature reveals government failure: Ontario’s record on protecting species at risk is devastating for wildlife
The Auditor General of Ontario’s report, Protecting and Recovering Species at Risk, is not reading for the faint of heart. Released on November 22, 2021, the audit sets out in excruciating detail the Government of Ontario’s abject failure to exercise its duty to protect the province’s most vulnerable plants and animals.
Endangered Rapids clubtail dragonfly- photo by Dan Irizarry © CC_BY-NC-SA 2.0
The review spans the government’s record on implementing the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA) since 2009. The unwillingness of those responsible to uphold the purpose and intent of the law – to protect and recover species at risk– is scandalous. Faced with an accelerating, worldwide extinction crisis,