For immediate release: January 27, 2023


Phil Pothen, Counsel & Ontario Environment Program Manager, and Tim Gray, Executive Director, available for comment on federal jurisdiction and duty to prevent destruction of Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve lands

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat – Following the statement by Federal Environment Minister Guilbeault that the federal government has a legislative responsibility to intervene to stop projects that would destroy parts of the Greenbelt, and statements by Premier Ford that the Greenbelt is provincial jurisdiction, Environmental Defence lawyer, Phil Pothen, and Executive Director, Tim Gray, will be available for comment regarding the federal government’s jurisdiction and duty to intervene.

WHAT: Comments from Environmental Defence Executive Director and from Environmental Defence lawyer following statements by Minister Guilbeaut and Premier Ford

WHO: Environmental Defence Executive Director, Tim Gray, and Counsel & Ontario Environment Program Manager, Phil Pothen

WHERE: 33 Cecil Street, Toronto or by telephone or video link

WHEN: Friday, January 27, 2023

ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE ( Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

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

Brittany Harris, Environmental Defence,