Expert: Parties need to consider bigger picture for Rouge National Urban Park

Monday, March 16, 2015

With the recent announcement that the government of Ontario is pulling out of Rouge National Urban Park, Canada’s first national urban park, researcher Stephen Murphy is available to speak with the media about how national parks are selected in Canada.

Stephen Murphy is a Professor in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo and Director at the Centre for Ecosystem Resilience & Adaptation (ERA).

"It is unfortunate to see this disagreement slow or imperil the process of creating Rouge Park.  While I appreciate the concerns over environmental protection, I agree with the comments of some of the environmental NGOs that have indicated the provincial action should be reconsidered even given the already protracted negotiations.  The intent of the province is good - better environmental protection regulations but so is the intent of the federal government - create Canada's first truly urban national park to afford national recognition and federal protection; one hopes that the parties might still step back and consider the bigger picture"

Stephen Murphy

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