Ontario chiefs call for housing minister to resign, add to calls for Greenbelt probe

TORONTO-First Nations leaders from across Ontario are calling for Housing Minister Steve Clark’s resignation or his removal from cabinet over his handling of changes to protected Greenbelt land. The Chiefs of Ontario, a group representing 133 First Nations, says it was “extremely’’ concerned by the issues raised by the province’s auditor general in a damning report last week. The report found the government’s plan to open Greenbelt lands for housing favoured certain developers who had access to the minister’s chief of staff in a process that disregarded or ignored possible environmental, agricultural and financial risks and impacts. Premier Doug Ford has said no one received preferential treatment, and that the government would accept all of the auditor’s recommendations to change the process, except for one suggesting he reconsider the removal…

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