Queen’s Park continues to come under fire from activists and conservation officials over their development plans for the Duffins Creek wetlands.
Part of the ‘Durham Live’ project is set to be built on the wetlands. While touted by leaders in Pickering as a way to attract thousands of jobs to the area, its impact on local ecosystems has been questioned by Ajax council and environmental groups.
On Saturday, a protest in Pickering was attended by Oshawa MPP Jennifer French and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner. Both have spoken against the project.
Grateful to be able to join community & environmental voices at today’s rally & demonstration in #Pickering to #SaveDuffinsCreek. Thanks @enviroactionajp for coordinating. Let’s stop this Govt from paving the province! #savedontpave #onpoli https://t.co/6VPSeDyTSC
— Jennifer French (@jennkfrench) March 6, 2021
It was an honour to speak with demonstrators in support of the Lower Duffins Creek Wetland. We need to protect our natural heritage.
— Mike Schreiner (@MikeSchreiner) March 6, 2021
The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has also objected to moves made by the province.
A March 4 regulation – attributed to Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski – orders the TRCA to issue a permit for the development by March 12.
The TRCA has denounced the order.
To review TRCA’s response to the Province’s unheralded regulation legally requiring TRCA to grant permission for development at 1802 Bayly Street by March 12, 2021, please read our press release on the matter: https://t.co/3HOesKby64 pic.twitter.com/ZUOY8EeCe8
— TRCA HQ (@TRCA_HQ) March 5, 2021