The provincial government recently announced the removal of 7,400 acres of protected land from the Greenbelt. They did so without any public process, transparent criteria for land selection or opportunities for input from landowners, municipalities or the public.

Despite the fact that the Premier and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing have long maintained they would never remove any land from the Greenbelt, multiple media outlets have reported that much of the Greenbelt land the government identified for removal was purchased recently by sprawl developers.

The public has a right to know if any of these developers had advance knowledge of the government’s plans. If any Ontario government politician, official or employee provided this confidential information, it raises serious questions about whether they committed a breach of trust under section 122 of the Criminal Code.  Environmental Defence and Democracy Watch are calling for an investigation into this troubling issue. 


Tell your MPP to share any information they have about the removal of land from the greenbelt with the O.P.P. in order to restore public trust in how important environmental decisions are made.  Your letter will be sent to your MPP based on your postal code.


Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian environmental advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.


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