Montreal, November 8, 2021 – Another piece of good news for the chorus frog: the City of Longueuil has agreed to maintain the work suspension on Boulevard Béliveau until November 22, 2021, to give the new administration time to analyze the file and decide what to do next. This decision comes after the federal Minister of the Environment officially announced this morning that he will recommend its protection in Longueuil. 

“The extension of the work suspension is a great relief, but time is still running out for the chorus frog. The various levels of government must act responsibly and without delay to properly protect the species in Longueuil,” argue the Centre québécois du droit de l’environnement (CQDE) and SNAP Québec.

The two organizations are therefore making the following three requests, one for each level of government: 

  • We urge the City of Longueuil to take the necessary corrective measures as soon as possible to stop draining the wetlands. 
  • We ask the Quebec government to collaborate with the City of Longueuil to urgently implement these measures so as not to compromise the reproduction of the chorus frog in the spring of 2022. 
  • We remind the federal government of the need to issue an order quickly in accordance with the announcement of the federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. Although we are satisfied with a recommendation for an emergency order under section 80 of the Species at Risk Act, our organizations reiterate their belief that an order under section 61 of the Act would be the best approach to take.

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