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Nature Group Defends NEC

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

Ontario Nature says Niagara Escarpment Commission is important, needs more funds.

A charitable organization that represents 30 thousand members and has 140 member groups in Ontario is expressing surprise at the musings of MPP Bill Murdoch.

The outgoing Conservative MPP for Bruce Grey Owen Sound says the province would save more million by scrapping the Niagara Escarpment commission, than it can by closing local jails.

The Director of Conservation and Education at Ontario Nature, Anne Bell, says the NEC is a valuable tool that looks out for the greater good of residents, and fights wholesale development of the escarpment.

Murdoch told Bayshore Broadcasting news that the NEC was set up as a temporary organization by the Bill Davis government, with the intent to have it disbanded after 10 years.

Bell says if anything, Ontario Nature favours more funding of the NEC .

She calls Murdoch's idea "a very poor proposal."

A study in 2004 shows the NEC opposed 50 per cent of the proposals it received for developments on Escarpment land, while municipalities only opposed about 14 per cent.


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