Understanding Bill 23

Climate Action Muskoka Raises the Alarm on Ontario Bill 23

Muskoka Watershed CouncilMuskoka’s Natural Heritage and Bill 23

Doug Ford is gutting Ontario conservation authorities – The Narwhal

“It will make it easier to build the right type of housing in the right places,” Ford told industry stakeholders, with a grin.

But Ford didn’t say his plan depends in part on a massive gutting of conservation authorities, which oversee and protect vital and deteriorating watersheds. The Narwhal.

All the Ontario environmental protections Doug Ford wants to overhaul to build more houses.

Aiming to reduce developers’ ‘regulatory obligations’ around Ontario’s parks, protected spaces and wetlands, the Ford government also wants to limit residents’ ability to object. more here

Industry Leaders Lobby Against Bill 23

November 28, 2022 – The extent of the criticism has reached a new high … after a contingent of industry leading design firms came together to pen an open letter to the Government with a clear message: Bill 23 needs to go back to the drawing board. 

…The group wastes little time making their main argument, asserting that the activation of Bill 23 will only exacerbate the housing issues we are already facing in this Province while simultaneously harming the already fragile standards for climate change, mitigation, and heritage conservation.  – read more here

The Importance of the Greenbelt to Ontario

Illustration by Catherine Farley/Toronto Star

Ontario police anti-rackets branch quietly looking into Greenbelt development: Global News

Building with sign saying Executive Townhomes Coming Soon

Jan 5, 2023 – Global News

Investigators with the Ontario Provincial Police’s anti-rackets branch have begun quietly conducting interviews to determine whether to launch an investigation into the Ford government’s controversial decision to open up parts of Ontario’s Greenbelt for development. – Read article / watch videos.

Links to more comment on Bill 23

Ontario’s Housing Bill is Actually a Trojan Horse for Environmentally Catastrophic Rural Sprawl – Environmental Defence

Bait and Switch: Understanding Bill 23, The ‘More Sprawl, Fewer Wetlands’ Act – YouTube – Environmental Defence

Unpacking Bill 23 – More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 | AMO – Association of Ontario Municipalities

“A Death Sentence for the Greenbelt”: Experts Weigh in on Housing Plan | storeys.com

City of Ottawa staff have analyzed the local impacts of the province’s new housing bill, and their conclusions are grim | Ottawa Citizen

Hamilton housing and climate advocates protest Ontario’s proposed ‘More Homes Built Faster Act’ | CBC News

Bill 23 Backgrounder – November 2022 – Page 1 (publitas.com) Ontario Nature

Reviewing Bill 23 – More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 – Canadian Environmental Law Association (cela.ca)

Speaking_Notes_Bill-23_Committee-Presentation_Nov_9_2022-1.pdf (cela.ca) Canadian Environmental Law Association

Ontario New Housing Act Slammed for Promoting Sprawl, Weakening Protections | theenergymix.com

Ford’s Bill 23 is ‘ecological insanity’, implodes sustainable urban planning in unhinged give over to sprawl developers | Spare News | pentictonherald.ca

Opinion in Local Media

Using notwithstanding clause just a smokescreen, says Muskoka reader

Voter apathy will get us nowhere, says Muskoka reader

Muskoka letter writer calls for MPP Smith to resign over lack of access to office during Bill 23 protest