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The rural countryside in our backyard is a diverse home to native trees and rare species; the Niagara Escarpment specifically, a pristine 450 million year old UNESCO world heritage site, is home to 40% of Ontario’s rare species and houses trees that are over 1000 years old. The land here is irreplaceable once it’s lost, and it’s threatened every day by industry and urban encroachment.

When an aggregate company recently put forth a proposal to remove another 200 acres from Mount Nemo, Sarah Harmer, who grew up with this natural landscape in her Burlington, Ontario backyard, refused to sit idly. She co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land) to stop the destruction of her hometown landscapes.

Her move to act is not a lone battle; campaigns like these are being waged across the globe, many right in our own backyards. Ancient forests, wetlands and valleys are irreplaceable once they are lost, and we must act to keep them alive. Don’t wait for your neighbour to do something about a problem. Take action now.


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  1. Ken Cressey | November 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Sarah

    I see that you are taking part in Sera. As that may be well and good I don’t think that you will be able to sway the MNR into the idea. Knowing how the MNR operate I think Sera would be stepping on the toes of the MNR. As Linda Jefferys has said “Your initiative will be a nice complement to the rigorous regulatory framework under the Aggregate Resources Act which is administered by my Ministry.”. Unfortunately her statement is the biggest load of bull I have listened to yet. You also have another hurdle in your way and that is the OMB. In my own opinion I would like to see the Statement from the environmental protection act :(a) impairment of the quality of the natural environment for any use that can be made of it,
    (b) injury or damage to property or to plant or animal life,
    (c) harm or material discomfort to any person,
    (d) an adverse effect on the health of any person,
    (e) impairment of the safety of any person,
    (f) rendering any property or plant or animal life unfit for human use,
    (g) loss of enjoyment of normal use of property, and
    enshrined in the Charter of Right and Freedoms. This would be a major step forward to me.

    Ken Cressey

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