November 17, 2020
Maitland River. Photo credit: Maitland Conservation Authorit
In spite of public outcry, including the mass resignation of half of the provincially appointed Greenbelt Council, the Ontario Government passed another budget omnibus bill (Bill 229) in early December 2020 containing fundamental changes environmental legislation. Called the “Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures)”, this bill uses economic recovery from the pandemic as the cover story for further undermining environmental protections.