Ontario’s environmental laws are under attack by Premier Doug Ford: Why we need to come together to STOP BILL 66…take a few minutes to sign the petition through the link below
UPDATE: Ontario has announced that it will withdraw Schedule 10 from Bill 66. This is in response to the tremendous opposition from municipalities, organizations and concerned individuals. We must not be complacent however in celebrating our success with Schedule 10. Other announcements have been made including changes to the Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan that continue to pose a threat to farmland, promote lower density development and sprawl.
The “Open for Business” Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 (Bill 66) introduced in December is intended to ‘cut Red Tape’ and increase development in order to create jobs. If passed, this legislation would trump critical environmental protections for land, water and wildlife. Bill 66 Schedule 5 repeals the Toxins Reduction Act, 2009 while Schedule 10 would allow municipalities to create “Open-For-Business Zoning By-Zaws” to circumvent planning requirements and restrictions under numerous provincial laws, plans and policies, including the Clean Water Act without public notice or consultation. Under the guise of cutting red tape, Schedule 10 would line the pockets of big business at the expense of our health, our natural heritage and our environmental rights.