Attawapiskat Calls on Ontario to Engage in Meaningful Consultation with COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 – Net Newsledger

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Attawapiskat Calls on Ontario to Engage in Meaningful Consultation with COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 – Net Newsledger

by ahnationtalk on July 31, 202020 Views

July 31, 2020

ATTAWAPISKAT, ON – On July 8, 2020, the Ford government in Ontario introduced Bill 197 — the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, and a mere 13 days later the Bill became law. This omnibus bill amends many statutes, foremost among them the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA). The changes put Ontario’s fragile environment and First Nations who depend on it, at serious risk.

“Ontario pushed these amendments through in a wholly undemocratic way, hiding them in an omnibus bill mispresented by a COVID-19 title when the EAA changes have nothing to do with getting past the pandemic,” says AttFN Chief David Nakogee.

The amendments to the EAA leave a wide range of decision-making to ministerial discretion. Political whims will determine what happens. This creates uncertainty for environmental protection and Indigenous peoples, as little is embedded into the Act that requires the government to impose an environmental assessment in set conditions. Since only those projects that the government lists in regulations, will undergo an EA, and since there are no criteria in the Act for what that list will contain, it is entirely possible that much will escape the EA regime.

Read More: http://www.netnewsledger.com/2020/07/31/attawapiskat-calls-on-ontario-to-engage-in-meaningful-consultation-with-covid-19-economic-recovery-act-2020/

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