A massive audit of federal conservation policies by Neil Maxwell, the commissioner of the environment and sustainable development, paints a picture of mismanagement and neglect when it comes to Canada's natural heritage.
“Management plans for some 12.4 million hectares of
designated national wildlife area date on average from 1992, says the
audit. It found half a dozen wildlife areas and 22 migratory bird
sanctuaries that should have been removed from the list because they
no longer meet the criteria.
At Canada's national parks, funding for "heritage
resources conservation" — effectively the natural beauty of
the parks — decreased by 15 per cent last year compared with the
preceding six years, "with further reductions planned as part of
decisions flowing from the 2012 federal budget."
Staffing for conservation at national parks has declined 23
per cent and scientific staff positions are down by more than a
third, says the report — and that was before the latest round of
We all know that there is no magic source of funds for such
programs and that it all ultimately comes from the taxpayer however
it seems that our federal government has no problem finding funds to
promote oil pipelines through some of the most unique and vulnerable
natural areas in Canada. Seems to me that their priorities are all
out of wack! But don’t worry there will be an announcement just
before the next election touting some 'new' funding for such
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