Doug Ford declares open season on endangered species - 2019-02-24
Shortly after the new provincial government backed down on its plan to open the Greenbelt to development, it set its sights on "improving" Ontario's Endangered Species Act (ESA), posting a discussion paper on the Environmental Registry and launching a 45-day consultation period that ends March 4.
What's motivating this review?
As the discussion paper notes, the province has heard criticisms that the ESA creates "barriers to economic development." While aiming to enable "positive outcomes" for species at risk, the government also intends to "increase efficiencies for business." The minister responsible notes the need to ensure "a balanced approach between a healthy environment and a healthy economy."