Photo: Stephen Muskie via Ontario Nature

The fight to protect Ontario’s wildlife isn’t over

This may be our last chance

Last month, we asked you to speak up against the Ontario government’s proposed Endangered Species Act changes. More than 20,000 of you took action. Thank you! Unfortunately, the government has introduced 20 pages of changes, buried in an omnibus bill. This shows they intend to proceed as planned, regardless of public input.

Bill 108, called “More Homes, More Choice,” would make it easier for urban dwellings to sprawl across Ontario but harder for wildlife to keep the homes they need to survive. It proposes to amend the Endangered Species Act under Schedule 5 by watering down criteria for classifying at-risk species, providing developers and industry with additional loopholes to expand activities in wildlife habitat and giving the environment minister discretionary power to delay the protection species need to survive.

Please call your MPPs and tell them you support more protection measures for species at risk, not fewer. Ask them to remove Schedule 5 from Bill 108.

This is our last chance to stop the changes from going through.

Talking points:

MPPs want to hear from you personally, so please do not use the following speaking points verbatim. Remix them to make them your own:

  • Introduce yourself (e.g., I’m a grandmother, immigrant, farmer, student, etc…)
  • Tell them why species at risk are important to you.
  • Ask them what their level of support is for species at risk and why.
  • Ask them if they will commit to recovering species at risk by pushing to drop Schedule 5 from Bill 108. (Wait for an answer from them on this.)
  • Ask how you can continue to support and encourage them to drop Schedule 5 of Bill 108.

Tips for the call:

Calling your MPP is easy. We’ll connect you through your phone to their office. You might not be able to speak to them directly but you can talk to the assistant or leave a voicemail. Once the call rings through to your phone, use the easy talking points above to help guide you through the call.

  • Use a headset or hands-free — This will give you both hands to take notes about what was said.
  • Be polite but firm — MPPs are our elected representatives. They will likely be happy to hear from engaged constituents. Be polite and direct. Make sure to ask for a response and provide them with return contact information.
  • Thank your MPP for their time and attention.