The Halton Region isn’t happy with the Ford government for missing consultations, and council members are making their voices heard.
A letter has been signed by all Halton area mayors and Halton Region chairs, as Conservation Halton’s formal response to the letter circulated by Jeff Yurek, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to all conservation authorities on August 16.
The letter called for conservation authorities to review and consider their activities and begin preparations to wind down operations that fall outside the scope of their core mandates.
The letter states that the members believe Halton is efficient, transparent and accountable in multiple fields including:
- Ontario to expand blue box program, increase number of items accepted across province
- Man killed crossing road in Burlington
- There are 38 new cases of COVID-19 across the region today
- Zero use of tax dollars to manage and operate conservation areas.
- Employing over 800 seasonal workers, many in their youth, and support local business and tourism.
- The board of directors is made up of 70% of elected officials, including three city mayors.
The letter concludes with the member hoping the information included will help speed up the consultation process.
An attached discussion letter also went over the points where the region feels more funding is needed, such as flood prevention and outdoor education for students.
The Conservation Halton Board of Directors met on August 28 to review the matter, and as a result, the region would like to encourage the Province to meet with conservation authorities as promised to discuss regulations and define core programs through meaningful consultations.