- Posted January 22, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
State of your community
UN Year of Forests starts with clear cutting in Canadian capital city
In an incredible act of political cowardice by all three levels of government; municipal, provincial and federal leaders in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada have washed their hands of any responsibility to save Ottawa's last true urban wilderness forest. In a sad commentary confirming their collective inaction and lack of environmental vision for Canada's capital city, the Mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson and his City Council, the Premier of Ontario Dalton McGuinty and Canada's Prime Minister Harper have ignored requests to protect the Beaver Pond Forest - the gateway to the larger South March Highlands forest. Ottawa area Algonquin aboriginal groups and community associations from across the capital city have united to stop the imminent clear cutting of the Beaver Pond forest. In January 2011 four protests and rallies have been organized resulting in a temporary stoppage in clear cutting by housing developers Urbandale and Richcraft, but this suspension will expire on January 31st, 2011. Starting in February 2011 the housing developers could continue the planned destruction of Ottawa's last old growth forest, home of endangered species including the Blanding's Turtle and Algonquin archaeological artifacts. The planned housing development (of 3200 homes on this ecologically valuable land) is especially misguided since it directly contradicts the original mission statement of Urbandale's co-founders Lyon Sachs and Herb Nadolny. At its outset over 50 years ago, Urbandale was a company founded on long term commitment to local communities and ensuring that its projects considered the long term impact.