Environmental groups sue Ontario government to release Greenbelt documents


Toronto | Conventional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit history, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat – Ecojustice, on behalf of Environmental Defence, is using the Ontario authorities to courtroom to make guaranteed it tells the general public the real truth about the Greenbelt scandal, and about the government’s marriage with builders.

Environmental Defence, represented by Ecojustice, submitted a Liberty of Facts (FOI) request in late 2022 to obtain out what sort of influence developers experienced on the Ontario Cupboard and Premier in its Greenbelt selection.

The Ontario govt has unsuccessful to comply with its legislative obligation to respond to this ask for and has also failed to answer to an Info and Privateness Commissioner Purchase.

Considering the fact that these environmental teams submitted the FOI ask for, the Ontario government has been publicly admonished by the Auditor Basic and the Integrity Commissioner, numerous ministers have resigned, and the govt has reversed its Greenbelt approach. The government is now below legal investigation by the RCMP.

Vital inquiries continue being about the involvement of government officers in the Greenbelt scandal. There are information gaps in the Auditor General’s report and the investigation carried out by the Integrity Commissioner.

These teams have now launched a judicial overview to drive the Ontario federal government to comply with its lawful duties to make a final decision about the launch of documents relating to the Greenbelt scandal.

Laura Bowman, Ecojustice law firm, mentioned:

“The Premier advised the Integrity Commissioner that he experienced no expertise of developer influence on the Greenbelt decision previous November, but data about this is not staying launched, and the Ministry is not following the lawful course of action needed. Releasing information on how the Greenbelt final decision was manufactured, without having more delays, is in the community curiosity.  

“The community deserves to know how critical land use choices are being designed. This situation is critical to upholding the integrity of the accessibility to info program.

“We’re taking the provincial govt to court docket to be certain Ontarians get the truth”

Tim Gray, Environmental Defence government director reported: 

“The guidelines of Ontario need govt to observe the orders of the Privacy Commissioner but they are refusing to do so and retaining very important details about who knew what and when from currently being offered to the public”

“The Greenbelt scandal will not be above until finally all the information about developer impact on the Ontario government has been exposed and the men and women dependable held accountable”


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For much more facts or to request an job interview, make sure you get in touch with:

Carolyn Townend, Environmental Defence
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Sean O’Shea, Ecojustice
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