Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark said he wasn’t sure how many of the controversial land zoning orders the province plans to issue before the next election. "It's really just greenwash for the government's extraordinary misuse of MZOs to drive sprawl," said Phil Pothen of Environmental Defence.
By normalizing the use of an extraordinary power like the notwithstanding clause, Ontario's Doug Ford government is setting the stage for future suspensions of charter rights by provincial legislatures, writes columnist Max Fawcett.
City councillors in Stratford, Ont., should not have voted behind closed doors to seek a controversial land zoning order from the province, an independent investigator found. The order fast-tracked a since-cancelled proposal for a controversial glass factory.
The proposed highway project north of Toronto would run through the Holland Marsh, a portion of the protected Greenbelt. Though it has had strong local support for years, two nearby councils are now expressing reluctance about supporting the plan.
Ontario will keep its schools closed in June, Premier Doug Ford says, as he extends virtual-only learning until the summer break amid a waning third wave of COVID-19 infections and a vaccine rollout still in progress.
The country's two most populous provinces are laying out plans to reopen as Canada's COVID-19 vaccination pace brings optimism, but Manitoba's premier says surging infections there are linked to people not getting their shots.
Lawyers representing several environmental groups argued Monday that the Ford government failed to meet the requirement to consult the public when it passed the law, which rewrote Ontario’s environmental assessment rules.
Last spring, Ontario’s auditor general warned the government that changes to environmental assessments in Bill 197 were “not compliant” with the law. Now, First Nations and environmental groups are asking a judge to review the decision.