STOP BILL 66 Media Alert / Photo Op

Citizens to rally at Environment Minister Phillips office on Saturday to demand he vote against environmentally destructive Bill 66

The proposed law will open the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, Lake Simcoe and source water protection areas to development

Toronto, Ont. – On Saturday, citizens from across the Greater Golden Horseshoe will gather outside Minister Rod Phillips’ office to demand that he vote against Bill 66. The provincial government introduced this destructive bill on December 6, 2018 just before the Legislature wrapped up proceedings until February 2019. From now until the Legislature returns, citizens will be calling on their MPPs to vote down this environmentally destructive bill that will roll back many of the province’s fundamental clean water and environmental protection laws.

WHAT: STOP BILL 66 rally outside Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Rod Phillips’ constituency office

WHEN: Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 3PM

WHERE: 1 Rossland Rd. West, Ajax, ON L1Z 1Z2

WHO: Steve Parish, Former Town of Ajax Mayor; Colleen Jordan, Former Town of Ajax Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor; David Suzuki Foundation, Earthroots, Environmental Defence, Grand River Environmental Network, Land Over Landings, Leadnow, Ontario Nature, Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, Toronto Environmental Alliance, and Wellington Water Watchers will be available for interviews.

WHY: Bill 66’s three main threats to the province’s environmental protections are:

1) The Greenbelt – Bill 66 opens up the Greenbelt to development putting our food security and natural areas at risk. It will encourage land speculation whereby developers will be able to buy up protected farmland and turn it into factories, retail stores or sprawling subdivisions.

2) Clean water – Bill 66 would allow developers to ignore the Clean Water Act, which was an important law passed after the Walkerton tragedy that claimed seven lives due to drinking water contamination. It also sidelines the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Great Lakes Protection Act, putting the drinking water of millions of Ontarians at risk.

3) Protections from toxic chemicals – Bill 66 proposes to repeal the Toxics Reduction Act, a law that requires certain industrial facilities to consider ways to reduce the use and emissions of toxic chemicals in their operations. Repealing this Act will undermine the health of Ontarians.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Stephanie Kohls, Environmental Defence, skohls@environmentaldefence.ca, 416-885-7847

OTHERS INVOLVED:

Colleen Jordan, Former Town of Ajax Deputy Mayor & Regional Councillor, colleen@colleenjordan.ca, 905-427-5084

David Suzuki Foundation

Yannick Beaudoin, Director General, Ontario and Northern Canada, ybeaudoin@davidsuzuki.org, 416-348-9885 x 1571

Stefanie Carmichael, Communications, scarmichael@davidsuzuki.org, 416-348-9885 x 1583

Earthroots

Amber Ellis, amberleeellis67@gmail.com, 416-565-0795

Grand River Environmental Network – Waterloo, Ontario

Kevin Thomason, kevinthomason@mac.com, 519-240-1648

Land Over Landings – Pickering

Mary Delaney, Chair, landoverlanding@gmail.com

Leadnow

Tim Ellis, Campaigner, Tim@Leadnow.ca, 647-520-1848

Ontario Nature

John Hassell, Director of Communications and Engagement, johnh@ontarionature.org, 416-786-2171

Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition

Claire Malcolmson, Executive Director, rescuelakesimcoecoalition@gmail.com, 647-267-7572

Toronto Environmental Alliance

Heather Marshall, Campaigns Director, heather@torontoenvironment.org, 416-833-5583

Wellington Water Watchers

Arlene Slocombe, Executive Director, arlene.slocombe@gmail.com, 519-994-0270