On March 2, Dan Newman replaced Tony Clement as Ontario’s Minister of Environment. Mr. Newman is a former parliamentary assistant in the ministries of Native Affairs and Health and is the fourth environment minister in less than five years of Conservative rule. Environmental groups criticized the appointment, saying it demonstrates that environment is viewed as a junior ministry by the provincial government.
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Speaking at a Canadian Environmental Industry Association (CEIA) meeting on February 16, Gordon Miller, Ontario’s newly appointed Environmental Commissioner, told attendees that most people are not aware of the rights afforded to them under Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) or that the Environmental Commissioner’s Office even exists. He urged people to exercise their “big five rights,” which include the rights to: comment on proposals of environmental significance; appeal certain environmental decisions; request a review of an act, policy, or regulation; and, to file for an investigation where environmental degradation might be an issue. He also encouraged attendees to review and comment on a new proposed regulation to require electricity generators to report their air emissions.
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