Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

December 11, 2007 17:01 ET

OPSEU: Auditor General's Report Highlights Need to Protect Ontario's Resources

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 11, 2007) - The Auditor-General's report today reinforced longstanding concerns of the union representing workers in the Ministry of Natural Resources.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union seconded Auditor James McCarter's finding that Ontario was not able to provide needed protection and enforcement of our province's fish and wildlife.

"This is no surprise at all to our members," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "This backs up what the union has been saying for years, that the ministry is grossly underfunded and unable to fulfil its mandate or to protect our resources."

The Auditor's finding that the reduction of MNR deterrent patrols were putting pressure on fish and wildlife resources echoed repeated and longstanding calls by the union to step up enforcement.

"It also confirms the findings of Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, released earlier this year," said Thomas.

"Notwithstanding the recent modest increase in funding, this ministry needs to step it up and inject more funding on a broad basis, so our members can do their jobs and protect our fish and wildlife. We call on the government to do what needs to be done."

Details of OPSEU's campaign to draw attention to the diminished capacity of MNR to provide effective enforcement can be found on the web at:
www.opseu.org/campaign/savemnr/index.htm.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
    David Cox
    Communications
    (416) 788-9197
    or
    Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
    Randy Robinson
    (416) 788-9134