It's sad and unfortunate that the Saanich Urban Forest Strategy will not be able to save the urban green space known as Haro Woods.
For 50 years the neighbourhood has grown up around this 10 ha space that is home for the many deer that populate this area of Cadboro Bay, as well as the Cooper's Hawks, the Barred Owls, the Pileated Woodpeckers and Eagles - not to mention the endangered second growth West Coast Douglas Firs.
The concerns voiced in the New Urban Forest Strategy and the Cadboro Bay Local Area Plan are being glossed over until the CRD makes up it's mind about the environmentally damaging secondary sewage treatment plant that is scheduled for construction.
For the readers information, this Industrial Facility will be constructed right across the street from a Children's Hospital that treats children with developmental challenges - such as Autism. Can you Imagine?!
Aside from the destruction of land and marine life as a consequence of this pending project - NO ONE is addressing the high risk to the hundreds of children that surround Haro Woods. One of the highest density of children's institutions in Saanich. 2,000 trucks will decend on our neighbourhood - for 2 years - children with Autism will not survive this intrusion into their lives. There will be long term reprocussions to them and their families.
Please contact the Minister of the Environment - Barry Penner - demand that this dangerous plant that Dwayne Kalynchuk wants to see go ahead - no matter what the consequence - is stopped immediately. If the Finnerty Outfall is used in conjuction with Dwayne's plans - the JPod Orcas will suffer the consequences, as will all the marine life on the east and southern coasts of Vancouver Island.
Our Minister of the Environment refuses to meet with scientists, health officers and consult with the public on this issue. WHY?
GO TO www.saveharowoods.ca
I set up last year - get informed. Find out how you can get involved. Sign up now on facebook - search SAVE HARO WOODS - Take a walk through Haro Woods - access off of Finnerty, Arbutus and Haro Road - it's open, and flat and well lit - even on a cloudy day.
FIND OUT why this community has been trying to have HARO WOODS preserved as a PARK for over 30 years.
It's now or never. Take action now to stop this pending disaster that will negatively impact on our future generations and our fragile Urban, ecosystems - like Haro Woods.