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Ford government, opposition spar over Line 5 pipeline

The NDP, Greens and Liberals questioned why the PCs would want to spend the afternoon talking about Line 5 while key questions about COVID-19 vaccine rollout remained unresolved. Though the Ford government pointed to the need to preserve petrochemical jobs, critics said vaccines are the best way to help the economy.
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 3 - Premier of Ontario Doug Ford. The Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen's Park, on October 3, 2018. For a feature by Fatima Syed of the National Observer about the first 100 days of the Ford Government. Carlos Osorio for the Nat

Ford government defends use of controversial land zoning orders

Under fire during question period Tuesday, the Ford government didn’t address criticism about the environmental impact of MZOs, the subject of a Canada's National Observer investigation released last week. But PC MPP Parm Gill said the government “will not apologize.” Later, the government announced renewed funding for the Greenbelt Foundation, which critics said was a distraction.

Ford government announces plan to expand Greenbelt

The announcement comes the day after an investigation by Canada’s National Observer showed the Ford government has been using a controversial special zoning order to give the green light to developments in environmentally sensitive areas. Several allowed projects in close proximity to the Greenbelt, which experts say can degrade the protected land.