June 22, 2006
The Ontario Environment Minister Laurel Broten has been advancing some very interesting logic about why you cannot have any say in the McGuinty government’s plan to put the coal phase-out on permanent hold and increase the use of nuclear power. If we follow the minister’s logic correctly (and this is admittedly a bit difficult given its odd leaps of logic), the government has passed a regulation exempting itself from the need for an environmental assessment of its energy plan because the plan was already exempt, but they needed to make that clear.
Confused? It gets even stranger. The government has now posted its exemption regulation on the Environmental Bill of Rights for comment (http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envregistry/028017ex.htm). The only problem is that the regulation has already been passed, so it’s kind of like commenting on what you wished you had received for Christmas (perhaps a better energy plan?).
Please email Minister Broten at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her to give herself a break from the contortions. Simply submit the full McGuinty dirty energy plan to a complete provincial environmental assessment, just like Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller has called for. Simple, straightforward and meets the Premier’s commitment for full public consultations before committing the province to more nuclear
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