Budget cuts and staff reductions at two provincial government ministries are having a "crippling" effect on the fight to protect the environment, a scathing new report says.
Ontario environmental commissioner Gord Miller issued a "special" report yesterday on the ministries of the environment and natural resources and concluded that:
-Industries spew more pollutants into Ontario's air than current standards allow simply because the government doesn't have the staff to review the files.
-Raw and inadequately treated sewage pollutes bodies of water throughout the province because there aren't enough people to regulate treatment plants.
-Wildlife conservation officers are increasingly unable to leave the office because their gasoline budgets are so low, prompting groups in the North to hold fundraising bake sales for them.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
McGuinty Liberals Giving Polluters a Free Ride
So says Ontario environmental commissioner Gord Miller. Read about it here.