Toronto— After taking a detailed look at the draft Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, recently-released by the McGuinty government, Campaign Lake Simcoe today released its list of the Top 10 Cheers and Jeers.
Campaign Lake Simcoe’s list includes:
Top 5 Cheers
1.    The coldwater fishery given chance to recover
2.    Local plans based on watersheds, not political boundaries
3.    Natural shorelines recovery given new life
4.    Lake Simcoe habitat protected
5.    New oversight to ensure more political accountability
Top 5 Jeers
1.    Developers given yacht sized loop-hole despite public outcry
2.    “Settlement areas” will be expanded or created
3.    “Resorts” and “Marinas” fly under the radar
4.    “Enforcement” is conspicuously absent
5.    Mineral aggregate industry gets “Free Pass”, again!
Go to the full text of Campaign Lake Simcoe’s Cheers and Jeers:…
“The plan was released to many cheers and a few jeers,” said Bob Eisenberg, Founding Chair of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition. “While we offer our praises for all this great work, the Plan is in jeopardy because some enormous projects will not have to meet the same environmental standards that ordinary citizens are subject to.”
““The Plan is missing many of the key ingredients of a successful watershed protection plan and bluntly betrays the message from almost every stakeholder that commented on the Act: no loop-holes for developers,” said David Donnelly, counsel to Environmental Defence.
“We look forward to asking the Ministry of the Environment some questions about how they plan to address the loopholes in the plan; but, to be effective we need the public to do the same. People need to come out to public consultation meetings to show the province that we won’t accept a mediocre plan,” said Claire Malcolmson, Project Coordinator at Environmental Defence, and Coordinator of Campaign Lake Simcoe.
Ministry of the Environment’s Open Houses and Community Partner Workshops:
Open Houses (5:00 pm. – 9:00 pm)
Barrie – Wednesday, February 4, 2009 (South Shore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive.)
Newmarket – Wednesday, February 25, 2009 (Newmarket Community Centre, 200 Duncan Drive)
Community Partner Workshops (9:30 am – 4:30 pm)
Barrie – Friday, February 6, 2009
Jackson’s Point – Monday, February 9, 2009
Newmarket – Friday, February 20, 2009
Orillia – Wednesday, March 4, 2009
To register your attendance for the Community Partner Workshops with the MoE, go to:
About Campaign Lake Simcoe: ( Campaign Lake Simcoe is a partnership of Environmental Defence, the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition and Ontario Nature and welcomes participation from all citizen groups who care about Lake Simcoe.
For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)
Robert Eisenberg, Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, (416) 484-1250 x 220