Dec 27, 2012
By Michael Kramer
A group of environmental organizations has issued a warning to the Ontario government about the future “Rouge National Urban Park.”
A published report says the conservation group wants five conditions in place-before the Ontario government signs away large tracts of land on Toronto’s eastern edge to the federal government.
The future national park cannot be established until Ontario officially grants land to Ottawa and Parks Canada.
The group wants an expanded study area of the park: from 57 to 100 square kilometres.
Toronto City Council unanimously adopted a motion last month that uses similar language and demands the area be protected and flourishing as an ecosystem in perpetuity.
The letter also urges the province to get a guarantee from the Harper government that all farming in the park will be sustainable. More than 60 per cent of the future park is slated to be leased to farmers and closed to the public.