NPCA Staff have confirmed that Section 6.2.6 of its policy is applicable to the racecourse ravine and required the Games to comply with some subsections. They also confirmed that the Games racecourse is not set back as policy requires. However, they allowed this because the course involved “existing trails” and “minor improvements”. These descriptions do not match the facts, and the policy does not contain exceptions for “minor”. All sections should have been applied. A Board Member pointed out that the Permit for the racecourse contains a map from the Games showing approximately 25 new structures and 10 new trail sections.
“I think your group has exactly the right concerns about the construction of a mountain bike trail along the sloped edge of the 12 mile creek valley”. Doug Larson is an Emeritus Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, at the University of Guelph, having retired after a 35-year teaching and research career. He is best known for the discovery of the ancient forests of the Niagara Escarpment. Four books and 130 research papers formed the core of his distinguished academic career.
The term “Environmental Recklessness” comes to mind, and we should all acknowledge that is an accurate description for what is happening right now in the 12 Mile Creek ravine.