Sep 05, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
Ontario’s Premier says the government will review the Greenbelt land swaps that two provincial watchdogs have called “rushed” and “flawed”.
Doug Ford says a non-partisan facilitator will be reviewing the 15 sites originally selected by the province to be removed from the protected Greenbelt to make way for housing development.
Ford said “There’s going to be a complete review, from top to bottom,” of up to 800 parcels of Greenbelt land.
Both the auditor general and the integrity commissioner found that Clark’s chief of staff favoured certain land developers over others when selecting which lands would come out of the Greenbelt.
Steve Clark announced his resignation as housing minister on Labour Day morning, days after a blistering report from the province’s integrity commissioner found he violated ethics rules as his ministry selected land to be removed from the Greenbelt.
Taking over as housing minister is Paul Calandra, who is charged with reviewing all Greenbelt applications.
Last year, the province took some 7,400 acres of land out of the Greenbelt to build 50,000 homes, replacing that land with about 94-hundred acres elsewhere.
Both the integrity commissioner and the auditor general found that Clark’s chief of staff favoured certain developers over others when selecting which lands would come out of the Greenbelt.