CELA lawyer Richard Lindgren provides an update on CELA's successful 5 year-long battle to obtain Environment Ministry records on water well safety.
CELA submitted a letter to Ontario's Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing regarding the recent passage of Bill 109 in a manner that contravenes public participation rights under the Environmental Bill of Rights.
CELA submitted a letter to Ontario's Commissioner of the Environment in relation to the recent passage of Bill 109 in a manner that contravenes public participation rights under the Environmental Bill of Rights.
When Ontario’s Auditor General recently released her money-for-value audits and annual report under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR), considerable media, public, and political attention focused on her findings regarding species at risk, spills of hazardous chemicals, waste management, and climate change matters. However, the Auditor General’s EBR report also flagged a little-known but significant problem: the Ontario government’s ongoing failure to conduct any public education or outreach programs to inform Ontarians about how to use their important rights under the EBR.
CELA recommends that consultation cease on a proposed regulation under O Reg 568/21 and that no decision be made, until such time as additional detail (including a draft regulation) and an adequate comment period are provided to allow the public to meaningfully participate in the decision‐making, pursuant to the intent of Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993.
Decision on Bill 197 legal challenge reaffirms right to participate in environmental decision-making