Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson decided to intervene on Ontario's Highway 413 Monday, a decision that throws the project's fate into question. But Wilkinson declined to step in on the Progressive Conservatives' other contentious highway proposal, the Bradford Bypass.
Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson is required to make a decision by Tuesday on whether Ottawa will take over environmental assessments for Ontario’s Highway 413 and Bradford Bypass. His choice could have major implications for the projects’ futures.
Norm Sterling — who oversaw cuts to the environment ministry’s budget that were later found to have contributed to what happened to the Walkerton E. coli outbreak — was a Progressive Conservative environment minister under the Mike Harris government.
The federal NDP is pushing the Liberal government to make permanent the emergency COVID-19 benefits it put in place early in the pandemic, arguing in a non-binding motion on a guaranteed livable income that such an effort would help eradicate poverty.
On Day 2 of the Nobel Prize Summit, the celebrated immunologist, who received death threats last year after he corrected Donald Trump’s pandemic lies, had a warning for scientists seduced by the proximity to power.
By 2050, when the federal government has pledged to reach net-zero emissions, the planned highway could have created up to 17.4 million tonnes (or megatonnes) of greenhouse gases, according to a report from Environmental Defence.