Call for Federal Impact Assessment to Protect Michael Hough Beach

Our beloved Michael Hough Beach - a sanctuary for many of us, and an invaluable natural asset of our community - is at risk of becoming a memory. The Ontario Government is pushing forward plans to transform the West Island into a MegaSpa, posing a major threat to our cherished beach and its lush green surroundings.

Not only will this development encroach upon our access to the beach, but it will also trigger the loss of a staggering 846 trees, severely disrupting the existing ecological balance. This will also have far-reaching consequences on the diverse bird, animal, and fish habitats that call West Island home.

Alarmingly, no formal Environmental Assessment of the potential impacts of this proposed development has been made by the Ontario Government.

This is where we, as responsible members of this community, need to step in and demand accountability and transparency. It's time we rallied together to protect our natural haven.

We're backing Ontario Place for All's call for a Federal Impact Assessment on this project - a comprehensive evaluation that this initiative should have received from the outset. The Federal Impact Assessment will provide a thorough understanding of the potential environmental, social, economic, health, and cultural impacts of the proposed development.

We urge every member of our swimming community and every lover of the natural world to raise your voice and sign this crucial petition. Let's stand together and advocate for the preservation of our beach, our trees, and our diverse habitats.

As a community, our strength lies in unity and action. This is our chance to urge the Federal Government to intervene and conduct the kind of Environmental Assessment this project truly warrants. Let's not let our beach be replaced by concrete without putting up a fight.

Every signature counts and your action could make the difference. So, please, sign the petition now!

Preserve our beach, protect our environment, and let's ensure that Michael Hough Beach remains a place for all, not just a selected few.

Let's rally, let's act, let's save our beach!

Perry Toone

Perry, the founder of Thexyz and Curious Penguins, is an open water swimmer and an open-source software enthusiast. He develops privacy-respecting software, fuelled by a passion for digital privacy and high security standards.

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