Invasive Species in Ontario – MPP French’s remarks

Invasive Species in Ontario – MPP French’s remarks


>>The Speaker: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MEMBER STATEMENTS? THE MEMBER FOR OSHAWA.>>THANK YOU, SPEAKER. ON FRIDAY MAY 10th I HAD THE AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN FORCES WITH MY COMMUNITY AND THE CENTRAL LAKE ONTARIO CONSERVATION AUTHORITY, ALSO KNOWN AS CLOCA AT PURPLE WOODS CONSERVATION AREA IN OR WATCH WE PUT ON OUR BOOTS AND GLOVES, HEADED INTO THE WOULDN’T AND LEARNED HOW TO IDENTIFY AND REMOVE GARLIC MUSTARD, AN INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES THAT HAS THE ABILITY TO INHIBIT NATIVE PLANTS. AFTER SOME TIME IN THE FOREST, WE HEADED INDOORS TO THE HERITAGE HALL, TO MAKE SOME GARLIC MUSTARD PESTO. AND SPEAKER I’M IN THE SURE THAT YOU CAN EAT ALL INVASIVE SPECIE- AND I’M FAIRLY CERTAIN YOU CAN’T, BUT YOU MUST ADMIT GARLIC MUSTARD WAS ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. WE MADE A SALAD AND EVEN PUT IT ON OUR PIZZA. TO BEAT IT WE EAT IT. SPEAKER, GARLIC MUSTARD DEPLETES NEWT RENTS AND SLOWS GROWTH OF OTHER PLANTS. BROUGHT TO NORTH AMERICA IN THE 1900s BY WELL INTENTIONED FOLK IT HAS EVOLVED INTO A CRUEL PLAGUE. AN INVASIVE SPECIES IS CHARACTERIZED AS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET RID OF, CAUSING DAMAGE WE CAN NEVER REPAIR. AN INVASIVE SPECIES IS DESCRIBED AS A MENACE TO OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR ECONOMY AND EVEN OUR HEALTH. SPEAKER, ALAS, GARLIC MUSTARD IS NOT THE WORST OF THE INVASIVE SPECIES IN THIS PROVINCE. ONTARIANS CAN PREVENT THE ARRIVAL AND SURVIVAL OF ENDANGERED SPECIES BY SLOWING OR REVERSING SPREAD WHICH WILL REDUCE ITS HARMFUL IMPACTS. I APPLAUD OUR CONSERVATION AUTHORITIES LIKE CLOCA AND THE WORK THEY DO AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GET INVOLVED, TAKE ACTION AND STOP INVASIVE SPECIES OF

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