We need a strong, independent Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

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Ontario is about to lose the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, as part of cuts announced by the Ford government on November 15, 2018. The details were laid out in Bill 57which includes proposed amendments to the province’s Environmental Bill of Rights.

For the past 25 years, the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario  has operated as an independent officer, appointed by the Ontario Legislature, not the party in power. It has served the Legislature and the public with careful research, clear explanations and early warnings on issues ranging from air quality through pollinators to wetlands. Some highlights of the ECO’s work are:

– providing an independent, expert voice speaking up for nature and the environment at Queen’s Park

– publication of annual updates on environmental protection, climate change and energy efficiency

– being a guardion over the public’s right to comment on environmental concerns

More information on the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario here: https://eco.on.ca/

Please consider sending a letter to Premier Doug Ford and your local MPP encouraging them to restore the role of the ECO in its entirety. 

Petitions are available via the organizations and links here:

Green Prosperity Ontario   OR    Ontario Nature