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  • 1 Dec 2020 3:14 PM | Ontario Environment Network (Administrator)

    OEN submitted its comments to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in response to the Bill 229 on November 30, 2020.

    Read OEN's submission below:

    The Ontario Environment Network supports the broad outcry for the withdrawal on  Schedules 6 and 8 of Bill 229, with key perspectives provided by scores of organizations  across the social spectrum and multiple submissions with thousands of signatures. 

    In addition to supporting the proposed withdrawals, we are most concerned about  serious terms being whispered as the Ontario government is facilitating all kinds of  development over both environmental protection and democratic engagement. The  terms include short-sighted, closed-minded, favouring special interests, and anti democratic. 

    The list of concerns generated since the election of the Ford government in June 2018  is staggering. Extensive reductions in regulatory protection and/or resources for  aggregates, biodiversity, conservation authorities, environmental assessment, flooding,  natural heritage, source protection, species at risk, and urban development. 

    With respect to urban development, the government has in just 29 months amended the  Provincial Policy Statement a number of times, without any of the required reports, and  pushed a multi-pronged Housing Action Plan for which the government provided no  scientific basis in spite of repeated requests. 

    And it is currently proposing more unacceptable changes to conservation authorities  and forestry, without sufficient consultation, in schedules 6 and 8 of Bill 229. 

    Worse, like many past efforts, Bill 229 is yet another omnibus bill, and in particular a  budget bill with urgent timelines. Bill 229 will have no public meetings, will not include  meaningful discussion at a standing committee, and indeed it has already been  announced that discussion in the legislature will be limited. 

    At a time when global experts are suggesting that the old economy may never return  after the pandemic and that this is an extraordinary opportunity to “build back better”,  the Ontario government seems more interested in a 1950s approach to development  and democracy than in crafting a vision for a sustainable future based on meaningful  consultation. 

    This approach ignores science and appears to be willing to sacrifice both the  environment and democracy for private gain - at the expense of Ontario’s natural  heritage, clean water, a sustainable economy, and public health.

    We urge the government to withdraw schedules 6 and 8 from Bill 229 and abandon  executive government through omnibus legislation, and to do so before the whispers  become a roar or, worse, a lament. 

  • 30 Nov 2020 5:04 PM | Ontario Environment Network (Administrator)

    The 2020 Annual General Meeting had a great turnout, and we thank all the members who participated.

    Key outcomes included:

    • Reports from the president, secretary, and on finances, the latter of which will be posted in the members only section of the website asap;
    • Agreement that the OEN return to advocacy, augmented by a motion directing the Board to issue a submission opposed to schedules 6 and 8 of Bill 229
    • Approval of a new bylaw, member and subscriber categories and fees, the end the OEN’s little-used group insurance program; and,
    • The election of both a new Board and Officers for the next 12 months.

    The OEN is now ready to grow and add new member organizations. In particular, we hope to welcome more groups from diverse communities, and approved a Diversity Membership category, with a first-year fee of $10.00. 

    On behalf of the new Board,

    Andrew McCammon,



  • 29 Oct 2020 4:47 PM | Ontario Environment Network (Administrator)

    2020 Ontario Environment Network Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday November 25th 2020 at 7:00 PM (EST)

    As you will be aware, Annual General Meetings are the highest expression of direction from the members, normally dealing with financial and other reports, the selection of a Board for the coming year, and can address any proposed amendment to the bylaws.

    We encourage members to:

    ·       Contact us, even though nominations will be welcome at the meeting, if you are considering volunteering for the Board, by sending an e-mail to the under-signed via oen@oen.ca, if you would like to discuss responsibilities and time commitment;

    ·       Submit any notices of motion for the consideration of the members no later than November 3 so they can be included in the draft agenda to be sent the next day.

    We encourage you to consider joining or renewing your OEN membership by clicking the link here.

    Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM.

  • 23 Jul 2020 9:38 AM | Ontario Environment Network (Administrator)

    They did it. No consultation. No discussion at standing committee. The Auditor General has noted the illegality of passing this bill without posting it to the Environmental Registry, but the bill exempts itself from that so its passage makes it quasi-legal. They did this before when cancelling the Green Energy Act. A court ruling in an action brought by Greenpeace stated that the government should adhere to the Environmental Bill of Rights, and establish protocols for if when and how they might do this again, while suggesting they should not. Remember when this government ran on accountability "for the people"?  

  • 20 Jul 2020 9:30 PM | Ontario Environment Network (Administrator)

    The Ford government continues to oppose the federal carbon plan; the pretence that the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan is not just a draft; and to reduce environmental protection while empowering aggregate extraction, road construction, and the wrong type of housing. And now, it is pressing forward on another omnibus bill, Bill 197. This one amends 20 acts and excludes itself from public consultation, harming democracy as much as our environment. See the Land Use Planning Committee page for more. In the meantime, we must take a page from John Lewis and not get lost in a sea of despair. Courage matters.


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