Trent’s construction plan will destroy a fifth of the designated Wildlife Santuary, disrupt a number of water ways and fill in important wetlands for a large number of species at risk including species protected by the Federal Species at Risk Act. Trent is also destroying a number of green corridors which allow animals to move around campus, without these areas animals become isolated and restricts their genetic diversity leading to an increase in inbreeding populations.
This construction plan is only the university’s most recent, as there are still plans to clear cut part of an old growth forest and an area with the most Blue-Spotted Salamanders I have ever seen in one place.
Not only is this biodiversity at risk but the land is also part of the Mississauga Anishinaabec traditional territory. No indigenous groups were properly consulted about the development of the land until after the City of Peterborough had already approved the land development. This is incredibly surprising considering the great strives the university has made towards de-colonisation and creating a positive alliance between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.