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Ontario environmental groups lay out priorities in aftermath of Greenbelt controversy

Outside the Greenbelt, however, other government policies continue to concern environmental groups, despite being overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the Greenbelt land swaps.

Published Nov 10, 2023 at 4:16pm

Joseph Coppolino
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Joseph Coppolino
Ontario environmental groups lay out priorities in aftermath of Greenbelt controversy
An Ontario Greenbelt sign is shown as it's surrounded by farm land near Caledon, Ont., on Thursday, October 12, 2023. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

The Ontario government’s reversal on the Greenbelt land swaps was a welcome policy change for the province’s environmental organizations, but the protected area is still under a number of threats from development and major infrastructure projects like the Highway 413, the Bradford Bypass and encroachments from a growing number of Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs).

Outside the Greenbelt, however, other government policies continue to concern environmental groups, despite being overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the Greenbelt land swaps.

QP Briefing asked environmental organizations how they felt about the province’s reversal on the Greenbelt and what other areas of concern they are keeping a close eye on as investigations into the Greenbelt, including one undertaken by the RCMP, continue to roil Premier Doug Ford’s government.

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