Ford Watch 

The crimes have not stopped

Shortly after the COVID plague began ravishing Ontario’s long-term care homes, Premier Doug Ford said he would put an “iron ring” of protection around them. Thousands of our fellow seniors proceeded to die.

More recently, Ford claimed that his government had the best environmental record of any in Canada. Ontarians didn’t know whether to cry or laugh.

Then, as people across the country choked on the smoke, Ford was challenged to link the biggest outbreaks of wildfire in Canadian history to climate breakdown. The Premier shrugged that such fires “happen every year.”

What’s next? Stay tuned to SCAN’s Ford Watch to learn about the latest update to Ford’s ever-growing climate crimes.

April 1, 2024

CLIMATE CRIME 19

 

ANOTHER OMNIBUS BILL THAT ADDS TO THE CLIMATE CRISIS

The Ford Government’s new Get it Done legislation is more of the same from the second-term climate change deniers.

It is an Omnibus Bill that is intended to pass in a single vote of the legislature, avoiding scrutiny.

And by making important changes to rules and regulations, it will fuel more urban sprawl, put more greenhouse gas pollution in our atmosphere, and destroy fertile farmland.

August 28, 2023

CLIMATE CRIME 21

 

FORD’S LATEST DEVELOPER-FRIENDLY MOVES

Toronto Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn sums up Ford’s latest developer-friendly moves: “[t]elling people one thing, doing another thing and insisting they did the right thing.” Read his article HERE.

It’s not the first time, of course, as we documented in Ford Crime 21, which you can view by clicking the button below.

August 3, 2023

CLIMATE CRIME 25

STILL NO ACTION ON AIR POLLUTION 

New research found concentrations of benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogenic chemical exceeding the province’s air quality guidelines all over the City of Hamilton. Doug Ford says he’ll look into it.
You’ve had five years, @Fordnation. Stop ignoring the evidence.

July 24, 2023

CLIMATE CRIME 29

OIL SPILL COST WOULD DWARF PROTECTION GRANTS

The Ontario government just gave $6 million to 30 projects to help protect, conserve, and restore the Great Lakes–small potatoes compared to what a #5Pipeline oil spill would cost. It’s leaked 33 times, yet @FordNation continues to support it.

July 17, 2023

CLIMATE CRIME 15

FORD’S DISASTROUS ENERGY PLANS

We’ve said it before: Ford’s bad energy choices threaten our future. 

Now a modelling exercise tells us Ontario has a whole set of wrong and harmful climate policies. Read SCAN!’s David Robertson on Canada’s energy future. 

June 9, 2023

CLIMATE CRIME 3

WE HAD BETTER PRAY FOR RAIN

Ontario is on fire. There have already been more than twice as many fires this year than there were all last year (187 compared to 79) and we have exceeded the 10-year average of 169. We had better pray for rain, because Ford’s anti-worker and climate denial policies have disabled Ontario’s forest fire fighting capacity. While other provinces have recognized that climate adaptation requires year-round fire management practices, Ford is jeopardizing the environment and public safety by offering three- and six-month contracts and wages lower than the industry standard. OPSEU, the union that represents Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry employees is calling out the ministry’s toxic workplace, contract work and sub-standard wages that has left 200 forest ranger positions empty, double the staff shortage from the year earlier.

June 7, 2023

CLIMATE CRIME 14

WHILE FIRES RAGE, PREMIER FORD ANNOUNCES PROGRAM TO BURN MORE WOOD

disastrous irony. The Ford government announces a program to burn more wood when climate-destroying forest fires rage across the country.  Another Ford climate crime.

June 5, 2023

CLIMATE CRIME 26

PAVING THE GREENBELT

Protecting valuable greenspace from urban development is a “scam.” Say what? Yes, Doug Ford said that recently of the same Greenbelt he once vowed to protect. Premier: Respect regulatory protections put in place by the Greenbelt Act. Rescind Bill 23.