Jun 09, 2016
By Michael Kramer
The Trudeau government says it’s strengthening the ecological protection of a newly created national urban park in Toronto – while allowing farms in the park to have longer term leases – of up to 30 years.
The 79-square-kilometre Rouge National Urban Park on the eastern fringe of Toronto came into being in April 2015 – under the former Conservative government – but long-standing tensions between conservationists and some 75 working farms on the parkland remained unresolved.
Many environmentalists in the community criticized the original Rouge park legislation – for not providing the same ecological protections as other national parks have.
The new amendments to the park legislation introduced in parliament – formally expand the park’s borders by about 17 square kilometres – and make ecology the top priority for the park’s management – and another agreement will allow farm leases on the land to be extended for up to 30 years – instead of the current year-to-year leases.