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.
CELA's Response to Ontario's Proposed EA Changes - Preliminary analysis by Richard D. Lindgren, CELA Counsel
CELA's response to Ontario's proposed Drainage Act changes - Preliminary analysis prepared by Healthy Great Lakes Counsel, Anastasia Lintner.
Positive amendments to the Legal Aid Services Act portion of the Bill added promotion by clinics of access to justice and responsiveness to the needs of low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario. Amendments to the Class Proceedings Act did not correct areas of concern thus increasing the difficulty to certify any class actions in Ontario, particularly in relation to environmental claims.