Environment laws are stalling development in Ontario, study says - 2019-08-16
Imagine there's a severe flood in a small Ontario town.
Imagine the flood washes out a key bridge, which serves as a fire and ambulance route.
The town leaders want to replace the bridge but in a different location, so that it's safe from future weather events. They also want to elevate it, and reinforce the river banks below.
Under Ontario's current environmental assessment laws, it will be two to four years before the town can even begin construction, said Frank Zechner, a civil engineer in Alberta's oil and gas sector turned environmental lawyer.
It should take only five to eight months, he said in an interview with National Observer.