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e-3532 (Environment)

Initiated by Rick LaBonte from Tecumseh, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Ojibway Shores, 33 acre parcel of land, an ecological treasure hosting rare flora, fauna and countless species-at-risk and is owned by the federal government and overseen by the Windsor Port Authority;
  • The creation of a National Urban Park to protect Ojibway Shores would benefit our environment, tourism, and local economy greatly;
  • The protection of countless endangered species, species-at-risk and protection of green spaces is a vital to the Windsor-Essex;
  • The Windsor Port Authority tried to extract $12 million from the Sandwich Towne Community Benefit Fund meant to offset border impacts in challenged neighbourhoods in exchange for a 30-year lease of Ojibway Shores and was soundly rejected;
  • Other port authorities have transferred lands at no cost to federal government departments;
  • The city of Windsor and the Windsor Port Authority could not come to agreement for the transfer of Ojibway Shores to the city;
  • The Prime Minister has acknowledged the importance of this land but has yet to take action;
  • The city of Windsor council has unanimously endorsed the protection of Ojibway Shores and the creation of a National Urban Park; and
  • The federal government owns the property and can transfer from the port authority to Environment Canada whose mandate to conserve Canada's natural heritage and is resourced to protect and preserve.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately transfer Ojibway Shores to Environment Canada for its long-term protection, and for the economic, tourism and environmental benefits to Windsor-Essex with the ultimate goal of creating Ojibway Shores National Urban Park.
Open for signature
July 14, 2021, at 2:13 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
November 11, 2021, at 2:13 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Brian Masse
Windsor West
New Democratic Party Caucus