Greens question why Ford government paused environmental oversight during COVID-19

By Emma Thompson, National Observer, May 20, 2020

The Progressive Conservative government should restore the environmental protections it suspended last month, Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said Wednesday.

The government paused part of Ontario's environmental protection law on April 1, saying it could hinder efforts to respond to COVID-19. The change allows the province to temporarily push forward environmentally significant projects or policy changes without consulting or notifying the public even if they don't relate to the pandemic.

"I’m concerned that the government could be using the COVID crisis to undermine environmental protections," Schreiner said in question period Wednesday, pointing to the province's decision last week to use the suspension to delay a deadline for industry to report their greenhouse gas emissions.

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