2020 Auditor General of Ontario Report
The Auditor General for Ontario (AGO) took over the responsibilities of the Environment Commissioner after the Ford government cancelled that post. If the Ford government thought that this would lead to less (official) criticism of their environmental policies, it backfired. Following publicly criticizing the government for not following the required process under the EBR for changes to the Environmental Assessment Act, the AGO’s annual Report of Environmental Value-for-Money Audits and the Operation of the Environmental Bill of Rights was sharply critical of the Ford administration’s performance across the board. The deficiencies demonstrate clearly the low priority that this Ontario government affords to environmental protection and how it has attempted to stifle public input by either cancelling it outright or providing the shortest times possible to respond to EBR postings. It is vital for protecting Georgian Bay that we are able to provide this input on projects and policies that could impact our environment, so the AGO report was most welcome.
Here are some extracts from the AGO Annual Report of Environmental Value-for-Money Audits and the Operation of the Environmental Bill of Rights: