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What’s Credit Valley Cons all about?

Credit Valley Conservation has been around since 13th of May 1954. In our 60 plus years of existence, we have been helping municipal entities as well as local planning authorities in the Credit Valley region of the Greater Ontario area with important decisions and policy directions regarding important issues. Which issues are these? The Credit Valley Conservation area impacts decisions involving handling natural resources, proper assessment, restoration, development, and of course, conservation.

You can consider the Credit Valley Conservation group a quasi-official body. While we do have an enabling legislation passed by the government of the province of Ontario, we are at our roots, a community-based group. We need your feedback. We are your voice when it comes to important conservation issues involving the Greater Ontario basin. Conservation is not an easy to segment and compartmentalize concept. In fact, the environment and all its consequences as well as the factors feeding into it.

Please understand that there’s a lot of natural resources to be managed in this greater regional area. A little bit of planning goes a long way. We are proud to be part of more than 36 different independent conservation units covering the Greater Ontario area. As you can tell from the multitude of such units, whether private or public, the issues that we cover are very important. They impact the land we live on, the food that we eat which we grow on the land, the water that we drink, and of course, the air that we breathe.

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This doesn’t make our organization predictable by no stretch of the imagination. We’re neither probusiness nor antibusiness. We’re neither pro-residents or anti-residents. For that matter, we’re neither pro-government or anti-government. Throughout all this time, our number one advocacy is whether environmental policies, whether on a small scale or large overarching scale, truly benefits the greatest amount or people, preserves the environment and is still a sustainable policy not just two years from now, not just five years from now, but long into the future.

That’s the kind of charge we have set for ourselves and believe us, it hasn’t been easy. Because it’s very easy for interest groups to focus on what’s in it for them. It’s very easy for them to look at how they would be benefited to the exclusion of everybody else. Also, it’s very easy for other well-meaning people and organizations to look at beneficial effects two years going forward. But they fail to realize that the long-term impact may not be as positive.

It is our job to go beyond that self-interest. It is our job to look at the big picture not just as it exists now and next year but many, many years from now. We are firm believers in the fact that if any decision made now, regardless of how seemingly small, can have an outsized consequential impact on our future.

Being affected by it touch upon all areas of life. The environment applies across the board. We operate based on such a holistic understanding and that’s why all our policy recommendations, objections and guidelines as well as white papers and policy papers issued throughout the years have one thing in common: protecting the environment for the good of all. The interesting thing about any kind of environmental ecosystem is that it works like a balloon. When was the last time you held a balloon in your hand? Have you tried pushing on a side of the balloon? What happens when you try to do that?

That’s right. Another side would swell. The big challenge, however, is to determine which side will swell predictably. The same applies to the environment. You might think that these companies and private individuals as well as government units that have environmental plans have done a great job spelling everything out as far as their plans are concerned. However, it often turns out that there are lots of unintended consequences. This is what we focus on. We look at the big picture. We don’t just look at who stands to gain and the values created but we look way down the road.

We’re not just looking at five years down the road. We’re also taking a good look at what can happen 10 years, 20 years or several decades from now. Mother nature is too fragile, too important and too consequential. This is why we cannot take a more lenient view. This is why we cannot let our guard down. While we do believe in development, it has to be balanced with intended as well as unintended consequences. It is within this framework that our advocacy as well as our laser focus on protecting the national and regional interests regarding environmental resources is placed.

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And the worst part to all of this is those decisions, while they can be rolled back at some point in the future, might put us in a situation where it’s too little too late. It’s much better to avoid headaches now rather than to try to live with the negative consequences of such bad decisions. Of course, this can step on many toes. This can rub many people the wrong way. We understand what’s at stake, but we also understand that the interests that we are championing go beyond the specific narrow interest of any group. Sometimes it even goes beyond the interests of the majority.

We are firmly committed to protecting the environment so that it continues to provide enjoyment, beauty and sustenance for all. And this is why we often end up with unpopular or heavily misunderstood policy positions. But we’d rather look at the big picture for all time rather than bowing to popular pressure or give in to temptation of popular appeal. This goes beyond any group of people at any one time. This is for all of us.

We hope you understand and we hope you would join us in this very important advocacy. Help us spread the word about the value and importance of conservation to all people living within and outside the Ontario Valley region.

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