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.
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
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.
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
A 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.