Environmental Commissioner's Report vindicates resignation from Provincial Biodiversity Council by conservation group

    TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - CPAWS Wildlands League found vindication in
Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller's annual report released today. Miller
slammed the province for what he called "Biodiversity(1) in Crisis" in his
annual report. He went on to say that "the continuing decline in biodiversity
is one of the most pressing issues facing the Ontario government currently".
    "At best the province has been 'greenwashing' the issue of biodiversity
in Ontario to make the public believe they are doing something," said Evan
Ferrari, Director, Parks and Protected Areas Program for CPAWS Wildlands
League. Ferrari continued: "We resigned from the Ontario Biodiversity Council
in June due to the absence of any real progress by the province."
    In his report, Miller went on to say "The ECO is profoundly concerned
about the lack of deliberate, systematic, and coordinated government action to
conserve Ontario's biodiversity."
    Ferrari concluded that "We feel that the Ontario's Biodiversity Council
needs to be dismantled immediately and that the province needs to begin
implementing its Biodiversity Strategy aggressively instead of ignoring it."
    Mr. Ferrari will be in at the ECO's press 1:00pm Conference at Queens


    Biodiversity (or biological diversity) is a term used to describe the
    variety of life on Earth.

For further information:

For further information: Evan Ferrari, (416) 971-9453 xt 43, Director,
Parks and Protected Areas Program, CPAWS-Wildlands League

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