Toronto | Traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – Phil Pothen, Environmental Defence’s Ontario Environment Program Manager, is available to provide insight following Housing Minister Clark’s announcement after a report from the province’s Integrity Commissioner found he broke ethics rules when the Ontario government removed land from the Greenbelt.

“Regardless of what personal consequences Minister Clark ultimately faces as a result of his integrity breaches, or the ongoing RCMP investigation, the most important findings are those of the Auditor General regarding the Greenbelt removals themselves.  It remains clear that there is no path to restoring Ontario’s reputation that does not begin with reversing the $8.3 billion Greenbelt giveaways in their entirety.”

Who: Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager

When: Today, following Minister Clark’s announcement at 12:30 p.m. ET

Where: Toronto, Ontario and available remotely

Background Information:

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