Renewal

This video deals with annual deer hunting taking place in Dundas Valley Conservation Area. The area is administered by the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) – an entity of somewhat misterious status – a private corporation using the taxpayers’ money and posing as part of the municipal government (“authority”) of the City of Hamilton.

Last March, I have addressed several issues in my emails to the HCA. These issues included:

  1. A need to deny permits for extremely noisy filming projects within the Dundas Valley Conservation Area (DVCA).
  2. A need to reverse the decision to place a portable classroom (even with style modifications) next to the Victorian train station (The Trail Centre) in the DVCA. This new addition obscures the beautiful view of the old train station, originally intended to recreate an authentic historical scenery.
  3. A need to enforce rules concerning horse’s droppings, dogs on leash, etc.
  4. A need to protect the deer, their habitat, and the integrity of the Dundas Valley ecosystem. (For example, in the Sanctuary Park in Dundas, which is administered by the City of Hamilton under the Parks By-law and at the same time is an integral part of the Dundas Valley ecosystem.)
  5. A need to explain to the public what the goal of the “assessment harvest” / “deer assessment harvest” was, (last November and December), and where the results of this “assessment” were published.
  6. A need to increase – (instead of closing) – the number of access points to different trails in the area in order to enable the elderly, the handicapped, and families with small children equal use and enjoyment of the trails.
  7. A need to introduce picnic tables and small picnic areas along major trails, for people to rest, to have lunch, and to enjoy their stay in the area. This includes replacing old picnic tables that had once been there but have rotten out of existence, (i.e., at the camping site near the former Merrick Field Centre).
  8. A need to renovate and protect historic objects of a unique, traditional constraction, like the Cider Shanty at the Merrick Orchard and the old shed located near the Merrick Pond that is allowed to decompose.
  9. A need to reduce noise in the wildlife habitat, caused by students  during their activities.

Consequently, Bruce Mackenzie replied to my email and invited me to a meeting at the HCA office in Ancaster.

I was very disappointed with some of the statements made by Bruce Mackenzie during this meeting, as well as by his attitude towards wildlife, in general, and the Dundas Valley deer population, in particular. As an executive officer invested with power to decide the fait of wildlife in the DVCA, Mackenzie’s views did not reflect the image of an organization with a main email address being: nature@conservationhamilton.ca .

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