Minister Baird is quoted recently as having said " the legislation is antiquated in that they protect tiny creeks.", in regards to changing the Environmental Assessment Process.
I wonder if Baird has ever walked the length of a tiny creek to see where it goes? I wonder if he paid attention in Science class when he was a kid and listened to discussions about how creeks flow into bigger creeks or rivers, and rivers into etc. etc.? I guess it depends on what you intend to construct on or over the creek, but that's where the the Green Parties position comes in. If you let those who do the development hire the people doing the Environmental assessment, just about anything can happen. I believe it is referred to as grease, in some circles.