Everything DoFo Cut or Cancelled During His First Year as Premier
The Ford government is using the COVID-19 pandemic to further its anti-environment agenda.
In April, it broadly dismantled protections under the province’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) without notice. Under the new regulation, the provincial government will not have to notify Ontarians or give them the opportunity to weigh in on decisions that may have a significant effect on the environment, even if they are not related to COVID-19.
Ecojustice, on behalf of our clients former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Gordon Miller and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), responded by urgently asking the government to review and revoke the regulation, come clean on any decisions made without public notice, and ensure that the public isn’t kept in the dark.
We need you to make sure Doug Ford and the province’s environment minister listen.
Ontarians have the right to be heard on important government decisions that impact the environment. Please send a letter today asking Premier Ford and Minister for Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek to urgently review and revoke this regulation.
Now, more than ever, Canadians need strong environmental laws to protect public health and keep you safe. The COVID-19 pandemic is no time to weaken the laws that protect our air and water. We know that air pollution increases people’s susceptibility to respiratory problems and there is a growing body of evidence linking environmental pollution with those likely to suffer the worst effects of COVID-19.
It may be reasonable to make specific public consultation exemptions during the pandemic, but the Ford government’s regulation broadly removes Ontarians’ right to have their voice on issues of environmental concern.
That’s why Ecojustice is asking you to send a letter to Premier Ford and Minister Yurek, asking to urgently review and revoke this regulation. Do not let the province use a public health emergency as an excuse to put the environment – and Ontarians – at risk.