Environmental Deregulation in Ontario: 1996-2000

Collection of analyses and commentary on environmental deregulation by the government in Ontario

As soon as they were elected in the Spring of 1995, Ontario's new conservative government began to systematically dismantle 30 years worth of environmental protection measures. Laws and regulations were eliminated or weakened and massive funding cuts were made to environmental protection programs, government staff, monitoring and enforcement measures. A significant aspect of the legislative changes included reductions or elimination of public participation opportunities and access to information. The tainted water tragedy in Walkerton, Ontario, although the result of many factors, was directly linked to the effects of this deregulation juggernaut.

CELA responded to many of these changes, either during the often cursory public consultation that was conducted on legal and policy changes, or in media releases or other popular and academic writing. Many of these publications are listed below although many publications produced from 1995 and into early 1997 were not created for on-line publication. They can be browsed in the publications list and ordered in print from the CELA office.

Media Releases

Concerned Walkerton Citizens, CELA urge -- Provincial Safe Drinking Water Legislation Must be Walkerton's Legacy
Mining "Side Deal" Undermines Lands for Life Proposal, Says Environmental Law Group
Who Needs a Legislature? "Red Tape" Bill Gives Sweeping Powers to Cabinet with Wholesale By-Pass of the Legislative Process
Public Rights Lost Under Proposed Development Permit System

Publications

Intervenor Articles

Intervenor: Vol 23. No 4 October - December 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 4 October - December 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 4 October - December 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 4 October - December 1998
Intervenor: Vol 23. No 3 July - September 1998
Intervenor: Vol 24. No 3 July - September 1999
Intervenor: Vol 24. No 2 April - June 1999
Intervenor: Volume 24 No.1 January - March 1999
Intervenor: Volume 24 No.1 January - March 1999
Intervenor: Volume 24 No.1 January - March 1999
Intervenor: Volume 24 No.1 January - March 1999
Intervenor: Volume 24 No.1 January - March 1999
Intervenor: Vol 25. No 1 January - March 2000
Intervenor: Vol 25. No 3 & 4 July-December 2000
Intervenor: Vol 25. No 3 & 4 July-December 2000
Intervenor: Vol 25. No 3 & 4 July-December 2000