Email the Ministry
If you would like the natural shoreline of Grey Abbey and East Point preserved for the enjoyment of future generations, please send your comments to The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
(Natural Heritage Inquiries and Species at Risk)
General Inquiries - District Office
District Coordinator - Georgina Pearson
Management Biologist - Margaret Berude
I would like to see the natural heritage system along the eastern section of the Scarborough Bluffs and shoreline from Grey Abbey of East Point Park preserved in it's natural state for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. I do not support the proposed development of shoreline hardening that will essentially destroy over half of the East Point shoreline. There are many access points along the shore and I would like options considered that work in harmony with the natural features of this area and that do not destroy the natural heritage, animal habitat and shoreline ecology.
I am concerned about the preservation of this area as it holds considerable significance for nesting Bank Swallows with several hundred nesting pairs throughout the site. The Bank Swallow is a Species at Risk and any further change or unnecessary development to their habitat will result if further declines. The global population of the Bank Swallow has declined by 90% in the last 35 years and we owe it to future generations to preserve the natural home of this delightful song bird.
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
(Approvals to Environmental Assessments)
Minister of the Environment - Honourable Glen R. Murray
Operations, Director for Approvals - Kathleen Hedley
Environmental Assessments and Approvals Inquiries
I would like to see this last significant natural shoreline in the Toronto region preserved from unneccessary development. A healthy shoreline is a healthy lake and despite occupying a small area of landscape, shorelines have many benefits to lake ecology and the adjacent environment.
"Freshwater shorelines play critical roles in the maintenance of freshwater and riparian ecosystems that far exceed their spatial extent. As ecotones, shorelines mediate resource exchanges between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and, thereby, influence the ecological condition of both systems. ...shorelines often possess high levels of biodiversity, provide habitat for rare and endemic species, are feeding areas for shore birds and function as spawning grounds and nurseries for fish"
(Stacey Wensink and Scott Tiegs, Hardening Alters Freshwater Shoreline Ecosystems)
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
Project Manager - Nancy Gaffney
Project Coordinator - Lionel Worrell
I would like to see more creative alternatives considered for our shorelines, We understand the desire for increased public access so that more people can experience being by the water but this access should not destroy the natural features and habitat of our natural shorelines. The natural sand shore along the full east segment from Grey Abbey to Highland Creek is a treasure worth preserving for the benefit and value it can bring many future generations into the next century. What could be more splendid than a natural sand beach along a fresh water lake, lined with ancient bluffs?
I am opposed to the Preliminary Preferred East Segment Alternative that proposes to destroy the natural sand beach from the Grey Abbey shore, eastward to the western boundary of East Point Park. Destruction of the majority of the last remaining natural sand beach on the mainland of Toronto will produce profound and irreversible environmental damage. Such action is contrary to the mandate of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and is a betrayal of the public trust.