Recently a “save our wetlands” petition from the Green Party of Ontario (GPO) found its way to my inbox. Southern Ontario has lost 75 per cent of its original wetlands, the GPO said, and Premier Doug Ford is selling off what’s left to deep-pocketed developers.
Apparently, with Ford’s latest giveaway, a prominent Progressive Conservative party donor will turn a 54-acre wetland in Durham Region into a warehouse. Even though the wetlands are protected, “Ford is abusing special zoning orders to sell them off,” the GPO says.
I signed the petition. Not because it came from the Green Party. But because I’m a lifelong wetlands enthusiast.
As a young boy I spent countless hours exploring neighbourhood streams, ponds and marshes. Terms like “biodiversity” and “ecosystem” weren’t in common usage then, but I think I intuited the value and necessity of the multitude of benefits wetlands provide.