Richard Lindgren blogs about the Ontario government's continued and relentless attack on the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) in Bill 197 (COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020).
Background to July 13, 2020 Media Release. Omnibus bill 197 proposes numerous changes to multiple Ontario laws often weakening environmental protection and removing public participation rights.
In an enormous piece of legislation, tabled this week as Bill 197, the Ontario government proposes changes to over eleven laws, many of them directly affecting the health of our communities and environment. While the stated intent of the bill is a pandemic economic recovery, it largely ignores worldwide calls for a green and just recovery.
Ontario has exempted forestry activities from the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act, a move that will negatively impact Ontario’s forests, Indigenous people who depend on the health of those forests to protect their own health, and all the rest of us.
CELA's Response to Ontario's Proposed EA Changes - Preliminary analysis by Richard D. Lindgren, CELA Counsel
As the COVID-19 pandemic was unfolding, CELA and Dr. Ramana requested the CNSC extend the consultation period for the environmental assessment of Canada's first small modular nuclear reactor noting significant barriers to meaningful public engagement and participation.