Make Windsor West Politicians accountable to Protect Ojibway Prairie Natural Area

  • by: Anna Lynn Meloche
  • recipient: To the future Windsor West Member of Parliament, re: the Ontario Election Campaign 2014---- Theresa Piruzza (Liberal), Lisa Gretsky NDP, Henry Lau (Conservative) and Chad Durocher (Green Party)

By signing this petition, you will be asking the Future Windsor West Member of Ontario's Parliament to make a Green Pledge to Protect the Ojibway Tallgrass Prairie Complex, Canada's premier hotspot of biodiversity  from  proposed and potential development which will compromise  this beautiful natural area--Threats include  the Big Box shopping proposal, (47 acres across from the Provincial Nature Reserve),  the new Regional Megahospital (candidate site 60 acres adjacent to Ojibway Park), and a shipping port and related facilities on the Detroit River  proposed for 32 acre OJibway Shores, the last wooded shoreline. You will be saving what precious little natural land is left. These developments  will  destroy and fragment  remaining natural areas and corridors, and bring heavy traffic, increased speed (as well as noise ie.sirens)  through the critical habitats of  dozens of  threatened and endangered  species. Currently  1 in 5 species (reptiles) killed on local roads is a Species at Risk. You will be protecting Eastern Foxsnake, Butler's Gartersnake, Eastern Massasauga, Blandings Turtle, Eastern Musk Turtle, Northern Map Turtle, Snapping Turtle, (turtles  wander and cross roads between local ponds), as well as  Grey fox,   Cougar  and 16 species at risk birds, including Eastern Meadowlark, Bank Swallow, Wood Thrush and Acadian Warbler,and threatened plants,  including Dense Blazing Star and Willowleaf Aster (among other rarities) from population losses and possible extinction.  You will be supporting a Green Platform (such as the Ojibway National Urban Park proposal or equivalent protection) in the Windsor/LaSalle region, preserving  the remaining linkages, and pockets of tallgrass prairie  and Carolinian woods in a county with the least protected green space in Canada .  Ojibway Shores along with the  unprotected woods near the river provide natural defences against  increasing pollution from Detroit (US STEEL, coal-fired plants, and Marathon Oil Sands refining ) and the Ohio Valley. You will be offering the Children of the Tomorrow  a green and healthy future world full of amazing creatures.  Thank You!



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