Does climate change cause flooding? Don't ask Doug Ford's government - 2019-11-28
Doug Ford's natural resources minister shared plenty of thoughts on Thursday in response to a newly released report the provincial government commissioned on severe flooding that hit swathes of the province last spring, but he failed to touch on the relevance of human-induced climate change.
Instead, John Yakabuski largely sought to duck Ontario's responsibility to deal with either the causes of climate change or its effects, saying that "fiscal challenges" and "shared responsibility" — what critics say is code for get the feds or cities to pay for it — were the order of the day.
The report, authored by independent advisor Doug McNeil, made 66 recommendations for Ontario to improve its flood policy framework, including by making changes to floodplain mapping and helping municipalities conserve and restore wetlands and other natural defenses against flooding.