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Tell Minister Yurek that you support strong protections that will keep Ontario’s lakes clean and safe


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Legislative Assembly of Ontario

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Ontario's lakes and watersheds need your help.

Ontario’s more than 250,000 lakes contain about one-fifth of the world's fresh water. They are critical habitat for countless species and a source of drinking water for many Ontarians.

Despite their importance, Ontario’s lakes face mounting environmental pressures, including from climate change and pollution.

That’s why, more than a decade ago, the Ontario government enacted the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. The two work together to protect and restore the ecological health of Lake Simcoe — the fourth largest lake in Ontario — and sets the standard for how other lakes can be protected across the province.

The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan is now up for review by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. And we’re concerned.

Since stepping into office, the Ford government has gutted environmental protections at every opportunity. We’re worried the policies found in the Lake Simcoe Protection plan, among the strongest pollution protections in Canada, could be next on the chopping block.

Ecojustice is urging Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek to leave the policies and targets found in the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan intact.

Join us. Tell Minister Yurek that you’re in support of strong protections that will keep Ontario’s watersheds clean and safe. Send your letter today. 

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Stand up for Ontario's lakes

The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan puts hard, legally-enforceable caps on cumulative nutrient pollution from wastewater, making it unique. If the plan’s enforceable protections are eroded, it could pave the way for Ontario to further weaken the protection of other vital watersheds, like the Great Lakes Basin.

Take action for clean, safe lakes

We can’t let the Ford government weaken protections for Lake Simcoe and set a bad precedent for the protection of other lakes and watersheds across the province. Make sure Minister Yurek knows that you’re paying attention and care about what happens to the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. Let him know that you’re counting on him to protect Ontario’s watersheds for the wildlife and people who rely on them.

Send your letter now to speak up for Ontario’s mighty lakes.


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