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ERO No. 019-8320: New Minister’s Permit and Review powers under the Conservation Authorities Act – Joint

We, the 61 undersigned organizations, strongly oppose the proposed regulation regarding the Minister’s new permit and review powers under the Conservation Authorities Act. The proposed regulation, if passed, would enable the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to override a very broad suite of permitting decisions issued by conservation authorities for activities prohibited without a permit. In such cases, rather than having permitting decisions informed by the deep local knowledge, technical expertise and watershed-health mandate of conservation authorities, they will be politically driven at the request of development proponents seeking to reduce their cost burden and proceed with otherwise prohibited activities regardless of risks.