Ontario environment watchdogs say Doug Ford just gutted a law that protects your rights - 2019-01-04
The legislation transfers the commissioner's position into the office of the provincial auditor general. It also notably transfers her most important role — to uphold the Environmental Bill of Rights, which gives residents the right to participate in environmental decision-making and hold the government to account on its actions, or inactions, on environmental issues — to the provincial environment minister.
This means that the government will take charge of investigating itself, whenever things are seen to go wrong in its efforts to protect environmental health and rights.
Saxe had been too busy to keep close tabs on the bill. She had been spending her days giving long, comprehensive media interviews to inform a broader audience about the damning findings of her latest annual report. This included shocking revelations that over 1,300 tonnes of sewage had been dumped into Ontario waterways over the past year.