AMO Calls on Province to Invest More Time into Discussing Proposed Endangered Species Legislation

    TORONTO, April 4 /CNW/ - While the Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO) believes that the protection of species is an important matter,
AMO recommends that the Province's proposed Endangered Species Act 2007 be
discussed in greater detail before it advances to Standing Committee Hearing
process. Furthermore, AMO believes that the Province can achieve better mutual
understanding of the Legislation and stakeholder concerns by hosting a series
of informative meetings with municipal governments and other key stakeholders.
    "This interim step would offer a better opportunity to discuss matters
than is normally achieved at Standing Committee," said Doug Reycraft, AMO
President. "An interim step would help for more informed submissions and
presentations to Standing Committee on ideas to ensure the legislation is
clear and does not bring unintended consequences."
    These meetings should be held across the Province and offer the
opportunity for questions and answers about the proposed legislation. This
would help achieve a better understanding of the proposed legislation, its
flexibility, new process and rules, impacts and enforcement provisions.
    While the Government's objectives of environmental and species
stewardship is supported, many concerns have been expressed regarding the
proposed legislation. There is also a desire to mitigate potential economic
impacts on landowners and communities.

    AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario's 445
municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and effective
municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government
as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada's political system.

For further information:

For further information: Pat Vanini, AMO Executive Director, (416)
971-9856, ext. 316; Brian Lambie, AMO Media Contact, (416) 729-5425

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