Green Coalition announces
The environmental group demands a public inquiry into procedures at the Ministry of Environment
Montreal, February 28, 2020
In a stunning development, Quebec’s Ministry of the Environment has admitted in open court that it has never refused a developer’s request for a Certificate of Authorization. Never!
This admission was made during the Green Coalition’s injunction proceedings to stop the destruction of the Technoparc wetlands, home to the largest variety and density of birds on the Island of Montréal. The Ministry of the Environment issued Certificates of Authorization (CA) permitting development on Technoparc based on bird counts conducted by the developer in the dead of winter when numbers and varieties are at the lowest possible ebb.
The Ministry’s admission reveals a terrible scandal at the heart of our environmental protection bureaucracy. We now know that it works for developers, not for the environment and not for the public.
The Green Coalition demands an immediate public inquiry into the Ministry’s procedures for issuing Certificates of Authorization.
Please join the Green Coalition on Saturday, March 14 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Maison du développement durable, 50 St. Catherine Street W. in Montreal, for a conference that will bring together environmental groups across the Montreal region to discuss how the Quebec government has failed in its mandate to protect the environment.
The Coalition’s lawyers at Colby Monet will present an overview of the Technoparc case, including the other shocking admissions made by the Ministry of the Environment during the hearing. A review of the government procedures for issuing Certificates of Authorization requested by developers, together with a roadmap for groups seeking to obtain information and avoid environmental destruction will be presented. Participants at the conference will be invited to describe their specific experience with destructive Certificates of Authorization.
The Green Coalition invites all the environmental groups to support its call for the City of Montréal to abandon the Technoparc development, reverse the damage done, and its demand that the Minister rescind the Certificates of Authorization issued to the developers.
The Ministry of the Environment must fix its broken system for issuing Certificates of Authorization. It must preserve and defend the environment. The conference will conclude with a planning session on how groups can unite in this purpose.
The Coalition will also invite all the groups to endorse its demand for a public investigation by adding their group’s name to the document which will be presented at the event.
Green Coalition extraordinary conference
Saturday, March 14, from 10 am to 4 pm
at la Maison du développement durable
50 St. Catherine Street W. in Montreal
For more information, contact Campbell Stuart at 514 927-7802 (cell)
Feature image: Aerial view of the Technoparc taken in October 2017, courtesy of Technoparc Montréal
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