REPEAL BILL 23 PETITIONS, RALLIES & ARTICLES
Bill 23 was passed in the Ontario Legislature on Monday November 28th despite significant criticism and concerns expressed province wide. Many people are now asking, “what’s next?”
In response the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has posted the attached article on their Blog addressing many of the questions we are all asking. We encourage everyone to read it!
Blog: Bill 23 Passed … What Happens Next?
An important point to stress and CELA reiterates is that although Bill 23 has passed into legislature ‘we must remain engaged’ individually and collectively regarding the issues we are concerned about under Bill 23 and the associated policies. We must continue to express our views, whether that is on wetlands, conservation authorities, the Greenbelt, green standards, natural heritage, biodiversity loss, cutting developer fees, possible tax increases, truly affordable housing, parkland requirements, architectural heritage or any other aspect of Bill 23.
WHAT’S NEXT ACTION PLAN
Our focus will now be on having Bill 23 repealed. We have compiled some resources to help answer questions many people have and the best actions to engage in to make a strong case for having Bill 23 repealed. We will all need to work together to make this happen.
This is to be a weekend of action with many ‘REPEAL BILL 23′ rallies planned for Saturday Dec. 3rd & Sunday Dec. 4th, including a large rally in Toronto organized by Environmental Defence Canada. Grassroots organizers across Ontario are holding rallies at MPPs’ offices and notable locations to promote the Repeal Bill 23 message and related concerns. There is expected to be more rallies scheduled for this weekend and thereafter, be sure to check the attached link for updates. If you organize a rally be sure to submit the information on the Environmental Defence website. https://environmentaldefence.ca/handsoffthegreenbelt/
ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTRY POSTINGS
As CELA outlines there are Bill 23 related postings on the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) with comment periods still open into December. We encourage you to share your concerns with the provincial government regarding Bill 23 and associated policy changes and their impact on our health, communities and the environment.
Submitting A Comment
You can submit your comment on the Environmental Registry, by email or in writing to the contact listed on the proposal notice. If you prefer, you can comment without registering. You don’t need an account to submit a comment. Skip the registration process and provide your feedback anonymously. All relevant comments will be a part of the decision-making process.
The attached link is an excellent resource CELA has set-up for commenting on ERO postings. Review the postings chart and determine which posting(s) you would like to respond to. Click on the relevant link to get to the ERO page to comment. https://cela.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Bill-23-revised-chart.pdf
Comment period for amendments to the Greenbelt Plan close this week:
November 4, 2022 – December 4, 2022 (30 days)
Comment on the proposed amendments to the Conservation Authorities Act
October 25, 2022 – December 30, 2022 (66 days)
LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN
We have reached out to individuals and groups involved in conservation and environmental management to decide on the most effective campaign to launch throughout Ontario to see this legislation repealed.
It has been recommended that as many people as possible should write letters to MPPs and be sure to include writing to Conservative MPPs. They repealed Bill 28 after it passed and showed signs of widespread opposition, including with new allies in the Construction Industry unions.
ONTARIO MPPs https://www.ola.org/en/members/current
Please write a letter to the Conservative MPP in your riding. Thank you.
There are several groups that have petitions you can sign. The attached link includes a list of petitions to sign and share. https://www.thelandbetween.ca/bill23-stealingourlegacy/#Solidarity
ARTICLES WORTH READING
Ontario Green Party asks integrity commissioner to investigate Greenbelt development
Opposition parties submit complaints over Ford government Greenbelt changes
‘Weapons down, but not away’: Tory says province will help city with budget shortfall, but Bill 23 still a threat for Toronto’s finances
If you have questions or are not sure about something please do not hesitate to get in touch.
THANK YOU to all our friends, colleagues and family members that stand alongside us to be a strong voice at a time when this is most needed. Together we are stronger and our actions more powerful.