Dec 11, 2018

News Week has just learned that on November 15, 2018, the Ontario Government introduced sudden plans to eliminate the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO). A vote on this was rushed through on December 6. The ECO is our environmental watchdog, supporting public participation through the Environmental Registry, as well as government accountability for decisions that affect our environment, now and into the future. 

FOCA (the Federation of Ontario Cottagers Association) opposes the elimination of the office of the ECO, and has written to the Premier and party leaders but we feel the marine industry should add our voice. Help us show the government how much Ontarians care about the environment. 

What you can do: 

• Add your name to the online petition, http://www.greenprosperity.ca/eco/ which has already grown to more than 4,000 names. You will see many of your lake association peers on this list.

• Tell your Ontario MPP you oppose the elimination of the office of the ECO. Find links to your MPP here:  https://represent.opennorth.ca/demo/, and echo the wording in FOCA’s letter to the Premier. 

• Share this information widely with others in your lake association, with colleagues, family, and friends and of course, with your customers.

It also helps to copy president@foca.on.ca  on your messages.

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