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Toxins Reduction Act helps protect Ontarians’ health — Ford government wants to repeal it

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Seventy-six citizens of Ontario, also known as the PC government of Ontario, passed Bill 66, which included Schedule 5. Schedule 5 refers to the repeal of the Toxins Reduction Act of 2009. The act of 2009 was intended to prevent pollution, protect human health and the environment and to reduce the use and creation of toxic substances. It also required industry to inform the people of Ontario about the toxins that were created and used.

However, the government of Ontario has repealed the act effective 2021. The government's rationale is that it wants to reduce the burden on industries that create these substances. However, the government does not take into consideration that the burden falls on Ontario residents (more than 15 million) to be affected by these many substances, some of which are toxic. The other argument given is that the Ontario Act is a duplication of the Federal Act of 2009. The Ontario Environmental Law Association disputes this contention as the Federal Act does not cover many substances produced in Ontario. So in simple words, our government in Ontario does not want to prevent pollution, or protect human health........

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