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Hi Judy,
Roberts,Mary Jane [NCR]
December 10, 2013 2:49 PM
Meltzer,Judy [NCR]; Klenavic,Nancy [NCR]
Shafea,Anisa [NCR]; Milburn-Hopwood,Sue [NCR]; Beale,Mike [NCR]; Heath,Karla [NCR]
Re: MIN 167227 Chorus Frog
1'11 defer to Sue on this, but my thought is that the letters should be included because (a) we have been contacted by
lawyers on be ha If of Nature Quebec regarding the lack of response; and (b) these letters address some of the concerns
raised by Nature Quebec's legal representatives. This would be a good way of ensuring the Minister and her staff remain
aware of discussions.
MJ
From: Meltzer,Judy [NCR]
Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 02:25 PM
To: Klenavic,Nancy [NCR]; Roberts,Mary Jane [NCR]
Cc: Shafea,Anisa [NCR]; Milburn-Hopwood,Sue [NCR]; Beale,Mike [NCR]
Subject: MIN 167227 Chorus Frog
Hi Nancy/MJ,
RE. MIN 167227 Chorus Frog
Andrea has signed the memo, but was wondering whether ail the accompanying attachments (with petitions/letters)
are necessary, given it is just for info. Wou Id appreciate ESB's view on this.
Thanks,
Judy
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Environ ment
Canada
Environnement
Canada
DEC 11 2013
MEMORANDUM TO MINISTER
MIN-167227
RESPONSE TO PETITIONS REQUESTING THE USE OF AN EMERGENCY
ORDER UNDER THE SPECIES AT RISK ACT TO PROTECT THE WESTERN
CHORUS FROG IN QUEBEC
(For Information)
PURPOSE
To inform you about petitions your predecessor received for an emergency order for the
Western Chorus Frog under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
SUMMARY
• The Western Chorus Frog is Iisted as threatened on Schedule 1 of SARA. This spring,
your predecessor received three petitions (attached) requesting the use of an
emergency order under SARA section 80 to protect the species.
• The petitions state that a residential real estate development will destroy a significant
portion of the species' habitat in La Prairie, Quebec.
• Senior officials from the Province of Quebec have agreed to provide information to
Environment Canada (EC) on the species and on measures in place to address the
threat.
• When the information is received, the department will assess it and provide you with
advice on whether there is an imminent threat to the survival or recovery of the
Western Chorus Frog.
CONTEXT AND CURRENT STATUS
The Western Chorus Frog (Great Lakes/St.Lawrence-Canadian Shield population), which is
found in Quebec and Ontario, is listed as threatened under SARA. EC's Canadian Wildlife
Service (CWS) is working with the provincial governments to develop a recovery strategy for the
species. The proposed recovery strategy is expected ta be completed by March 2014.
This spring, your predecessor received 3 petitions requesting an emergency order for the Western
Chorus Frog in La Prairie, Quebec. The petitions state that the municipality of La Prairie is
supporting residential real estate development that will destroy a significant portion of the
species' habitat. The petitions also raise questions about Quebec's actions to protect the species.
The residential real estate development is a project that is subject to authorizations by the
province pursuant ta their Environmental Quality Act. The province intends ta deliver
authorizations for this project in the next months, namely to build utility infrastructures and ta do
construction in wetlands.
Canada
www.ec.gc.ca
On October 16, 2013, a lawyer representing one of the petitioners sent you a letter expressing
concern that a response to the petition has not been received. The letters acknowledging the
petitions were sent from the department on November 14, 2013. ·
CONSIDERATIONS
Emergency Order
Under SARA, an emergency order may be used in advance of the normal recovery strategy
process to protect a listed species. The Act requires that, if the competent Minister (in this case,
the Minister of the Environment), is of the opinion that there is an imminent threat to the survival
or recovery of a listed species, the Minister must recommend that the Governor in Council make
an emergency order.
Further information from the Province of Quebec is needed before we can provide you with all
the relevant information for you to determine whether there is an imminent threat to the survival
or recovery of the Western Chorus Frog. As such, EC-CWS requested information from Quebec
officiais on the species and on measures in place to address the threat. Scientific information on
the species was provided by provincial staff over the summer. At a September 3, 2013 meeting
with senior officials, Quebec officiais agreed to provide information on the measures in place to
address the threat; we expect to receive the information by the end of2013.
Once the additional information is received, the department will assess it and provide you with
an advice on whether there is an imminent threat to the survival or recovery of the Western
Chorus Frog.
NEXTSTEPS
Once the requested additional information is received, EC will provide an assessment for you to
consider whether there is an imminent threat to the survival or recovery of the Western Chorus
Frog.
Bob Hamilton
Deputy Minister
c.c. Andrea Lyon
Andrea Lyon
Associate Deputy Minister
c.c. Bob Hamilton
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