DECEMBER 14, 2020
By Barrie Kent MacKay, Director
Oh, the irony. The Ontario government, under Premier Doug Ford, provides it in abundance.
Consider Bill 229, a recent omnibus Act passed by the same Ontario government that calls cormorants “gamebirds”. In keeping with calling things they are not, the Act is bizarrely called the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act. It contains a provision that would gut the ability of various regions and regional Conservation Authorities to protect the environment. The language is ambiguous, but in the words of the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), risk lies in “…the creation of a new process to bypass conservation authorities’ science-based decision making and force us to issue permits where Ministers’ Zoning Orders have been issued by the Province in support of development. Conservation authorities use science to fulfill our mandate of protecting…
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