BREAKING NEWS: January 23rd update - The Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced today that the government would be pulling Schedule 10 from Bill 66. Schedule 10 would have allowed municipalities to bypass important environmental legislation like the Clean Water Act (put into place after the Walkerton Crisis) and the Greenbelt Act.
The Canadian Freshwater Alliance, along with many other environmental organizations, municipalities and tens of thousands of individual water defenders took action to voice our concerns. Congratulations, Ontarians! Your voice was heard and it mattered!!
The Ontario government is about to undermine the very rules that ensure we have safe water and a healthy environment.
If passed, Bill 66 will allow developers and industry to ignore several regulations that protect our health and our environment, including the Clean Water Act that protects our drinking water. These are the very rules that were developed after the Walkerton Contamination, in which seven people died simply by drinking tap water.
Bill 66 will also undermine several additional regulations that protect Ontario’s lakes and rivers, including the Great Lakes Protection Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act, the Greenbelt Act, the Oak Ridges Moraine Act, and the Toxics Reduction Act.