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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 12:14 PM
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Rona Ambrose says spotted owl is not in danger of extinction
The only story I found, though CBC had one on the radio... is from CKNW

VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - The spotted owl is on the brink of extinction, and the Federal Government is doing nothing to help.
That from several concerned environmental groups.

Gwen Barlee with the Western Canada Wilderness Committee says she's shocked that the Federal Government is apparently refusing to protect the northern spotted owl, which she says number only 17 in all of Canada.

In a letter sent to the Wilderness Committee and other groups, Federal Environment Minister Rona Ambrose writes that after reviewing documents, she believes the spotted owl does not currently face threats to its survival or recovery.

Barlee says this is simply wrong, "You know, if the spotted owl, isn't endangered at just 17 birds left, what species is endangered in Canada?"

Barlee says the Wilderness Committee may go to court to review the Minister's decision.

Ambrose actually said, "The owl is in no imminent danger."

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Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-17-06 09:20 PM
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1. Ambrose is Canada's very own Katherine Harris.
Large(ish) boobs, no brain, and batshit crazy. :grr:
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 02:05 AM
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2. The CBC version
A coalition of B.C. environmental groups may launch a new court challenge of the federal government's most recent decision not to use the Species at Risk Act to protect B.C.'s northern spotted owl.

The Sierra Legal Defence Fund had asked federal Environment Minister Rona Ambrose to use the legislation to override the provincial government, and to stop logging in the owl's habitat in the the southwest corner of the province.

However, Ambrose wrote a letter to the group rejecting that course of action, saying the owl "does not currently face imminent threats to its survival or recovery."

'Time is running out' for spotted owls

Sierra Legal Defence spokesman Devon Page says he is disappointed but not surprised at the minister's decision.

"They never entrench on provincial jurisdiction. And we've had laws in Canada for over 35 years that have empowered the federal government to act in the provinces to protect the environment, and not once have they ever been applied."

He adds that with only 17 spotted owls left, time is running out. Ten years ago, there were 100 breeding pairs, and there is concern that the birds will be extinct by 2010 if logging in their habitats isn't stopped.

"It's always a choice between what's easy and what's right, and here the federal government has gone with the easy choice," Page said.

The group had launched a legal action last December to force the federal government to take action, the first such action in Canada under the Species at Risk Act.

That case is still before the courts, and Page says the groups involved have not yet made a decision whether to proceed in the wake of Ambrose's letter, or whether to launch a new legal challenge.

The B.C. government maintains that it has taken significant steps to protect the spotted owl, and that while it allows logging in spotted owl habitat, it's carried out to a high standard.
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-18-06 10:22 AM
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3. I wonder if she is fundamentalist
Maybe she has a "Noah repopulated the Earth with 2 of each kind, so 17 is plenty", kind of response?

More likely she just doesn't care, compared to lumber companies' profits.
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