Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to reassure Canadians on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, that COVID-19 vaccines will start to arrive in the coming months even as he acknowledged that other nations are likely to start inoculating their citizens first.
Ontario’s premier suggested Monday that things would "get back to normal" once COVID-19 vaccines are approved and mass-produced, as two hot spots in the province entered lockdowns and Eastern Canada’s Atlantic bubble was temporarily dismantled in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
The Ford government has cancelled green energy programs and tried to halt partially built wind farms. But now it’s announcing plans to reduce emissions through a new “hydrogen economy" as a way to boost the economy amid COVID-19.
Ontario may not meet its greenhouse gas emission targets because they're not a "cross-government priority," the province's auditor general said on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, casting doubt on a key environmental pledge made by Premier Doug Ford.
Ontario’s auditor general released four reports on the state of the environment in the province Wednesday, finding that the Ford government is failing to follow the rules. While opposition parties slammed the Progressive Conservatives, Environment Minister Jeff Yurek said he was “proud” of his ministry’s work.
Ontario is allowing resource extraction in protected areas, failing to collect enough data to even know if it’s meeting its environmental responsibilities and not abiding by the rules, the province’s auditor general found in a series of scathing reports.
Dianne Saxe was the Ontario environmental commissioner from 2015 until 2019, when the Ford government eliminated her position. On Friday, Canada's National Observer reported that Saxe would run for the Greens in 2022.
Environmental advocates say the change will push endangered species in Ontario closer to extinction. The Ontario government says other layers of protection are enough, and the move would help create jobs.