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To: The Ford Government

Stop Ford’s Government Dismantling of Environmental Protection

Stop Ford’s Government Dismantling of Environmental Protection

Abide by the existing environmental protection laws, not ignore and gut them.

Why is this important?

It has taken decades to establish laws and regulations to protect Ontario’s environment - it’s wildlife, biodiversity, ecosystems and species at risk. Now, the Ford government is taking advantage of its majority government to gut these regulations while ignoring its legal obligations under the existing environmental protection laws.

On July 22, 2020 in the last week of Ontario Parliament’s summer session Premier Ford rammed through Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act on Wednesday and cancelled Thursday sitting. Bill 197 passed after no consideration at committee, and only 50 minutes of debate at Third Reading. It is a giant piece of omnibus legislation with far-reaching changes, including gutting environmental oversight rules.

The Ford government was "not compliant" with the law by passing its omnibus economic recovery bill Tuesday without consulting the public on major environmental changes according to auditor general Bonnie Lysyk.

Previously the Ford government eliminated the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario and more recently, on July 1, 2020, exempted forestry activities from the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act.


Reasons for signing

  • I’m sick and tired of elected officials acting special interests at the expense of protecting the environment.
  • It is irresponsible of any government to hide important issues that they know will foster a lot of debate in omnibus bills.
  • Countless people have worked tirelessly on behalf of protecting our environment over the years. It is reprehensible that Doug Fords government will try and steamroll legislation that will undo decades of work to protect our beautiful, diverse ecosystems, forests, lakes, farm land and wild life. Environmental protection should be a priority over profits now more than ever. This hack-and-slash style of government that puts the environment at risk has no place in Ontario or Canada.

Updates

2020-07-27 11:44:48 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-07-25 21:12:14 -0400

10 signatures reached