In a recent article in The Record, Nandita Basu commented on the potential impact of proposed Bill 66, saying it threatens the environment by allowing municipalities to bypass policies and acts protecting water and land.
Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, was introduced in early December by the Progressive Conservative government. The bill gives municipalities the power to create an "open for business" bylaw, exempting cities from sections of policies, including; the Clean Water Act, the Great Lakes Protection Act, the Greenbelt Act, etc.
The article, "Proposed bill could lead to policy patchwork in Ontario endangering environmental protections and public health", was written by James Jackson.
"The fact this bill has the potential to take a lot of these protections away is something that is really concerning," says Nandita Basu who studies the role humans play in modifying water quality through land-use practices and the changing climate.