As Ontario reopens, critics wonder why environmental protections remain suspended - 2020-06-13
In April, the government suspended a key portion of Ontario's Environmental Bill of Rights, allowing it to push forward projects or laws that could significantly impact the environment without consulting or notifying the public. The regulation doesn't specify that those decisions must be related to COVID-19.
At the time, the government said environmental protections could slow down its response to the pandemic. The suspension expires 30 days after Ontario's current state of emergency ends — for now, that's June 30, but the government has the ability to extend it further.
Andrew Buttigieg, a spokesman for Ontario Environment Minister Jeff Yurek, didn't respond to questions about when the government would restore the environmental protections or what projects related to COVID-19 it had used the suspension to expedite.