Development trumping environmental policy, report says
province is letting development run roughshod over protection of
invaluable natural resources, Ontario's green watchdog says.
region around Toronto is being decimated by expanding suburbs, highways
and gravel pits, despite creation of the GTA Greenbelt and regulations
to control urban sprawl, Environmental Commissioner Gordon Miller says
in his annual report, to be released today.
In the North, lack of
planning and reliance on policies that give mining companies virtually
unfettered access to the fragile wilderness threaten to destroy what
Miller calls an "ecological treasure."
In both regions, the report says, the Liberal government must step back and rethink its strategy.