Statement from Environmental Defence’s Executive Director, Tim Gray on Minister Clark’s announcement via Twitter that the Government will remove Schedule 10 from Proposed Bill 66

Toronto, Ont., – We are pleased to see that the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing has listened to the thousands of Ontarians who demanded that proposed Bill 66 be stopped. This environmentally destructive Bill’s Schedule 10 would have opened up the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, Lake Simcoe and source water protection areas to development. This is a major victory for the citizens who put up lawn signs, signed petitions, made calls to their MPPs and rallied outside of their offices. It also speaks to the power of the farmers, businesses and many Municipal leaders who publicly opposed the Bill, and instead put farmland, natural areas and drinking water first.

This is a positive step and we look forward to the Government proposing the removal of Schedule 10 from the Bill in Committee Hearings.

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