Doug Ford is clear-cutting Ontario's environmental laws - 2019-07-30
Ontarians should be concerned by the vast changes that are being made to provincial environmental legislation as they will have serious consequences on the natural spaces we cherish.
In an overarching attempt to "modernize" Ontario's environmental plan, Premier Doug Ford and his government have made moves to pave the way for development across the province by reducing so-called "red tape." The government is undercutting the Endangered Species Act and the Environmental Assessment Act, and limiting community engagement in northern Ontario planning decisions by repealing the Far North Act.
Despite the staggering rollbacks, these changes have received little attention in the mainstream media. Under the umbrella of these "modernization" efforts, the common thread of reducing red tape for business and development ventures is apparent in the Ford government's proposed changes.