‘Certain developers’ favoured in decision to open up Greenbelt, auditor general says

By Liam Casey THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO- The province’s decision to open up the protected Greenbelt to housing construction favoured “certain developers” with ties to the housing ministry, and failed to consider the potential consequences of the move, an investigation by the auditor general has found. Premier Doug Ford acknowledged that the process of determining which parts of the Greenbelt to develop “should have been better,” but said his government would not reverse course, insisting that building in the area was crucial to achieving its housing targets. Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk said the Ontario government “proceeded with little input from experts,” and did not weigh the environmental, agricultural and financial risks and impacts of the 2022 decision to remove some lands from the Greenbelt for development, while adding others. She said the…

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