Is Canadian justice about retribution or rehabilitation?
It would be dishonourable to proceed with this development as planned. It directly opposes the inherent right of occupants of this territory to expect governments to work within the terms of existing Treaty arrangement.
Those legally affirmed principles of land stewardship – such as equal access to resources like water and air for all living things – now tower over the Western cultural appetite for endless exponential growth.
The collective wealth of our rich hydrology networks – despite being adjacent to around a fifth of the world’s freshwater supply – has no firm protection. Hundreds of acres of forest are not valuable enough to be spared in the never ending spiral of economic growth.
I don’t hold it against the people of Western culture, many of whom are my friends and whom I love dearly, but I see some painful and dark truths when I look at what these flags represent.
Put a moratorium on the development of the Thundering Waters Forest until a clear, transparent, public process can decisively establish the full social, environmental and economic benefit of this forest remaining completely intact.
Dear Niagara Falls Planners,
I am deeply opposed to the destruction of the Thundering Waters Forest by the Paradise Development Secondary Plan.
As the lines between elected trustee, developer, and conservation authority have become very blurry there isn’t anyplace to turn for hard data or trustworthy information. Even if everything the agents working so well together have claimed to be true is true then why is this pilot project on the fast track to get underway so urgently? There has not been one voice from proponents of biodiversity offsetting who has made stewardship for the priceless benefit of abundant water central to their advocacy for this project.
Linking loss of sovereignty to voting in Canadian elections is not advocating for a return to a state of nature by the people original to Turtle Island, it is actually a call to strengthen the social contract.