Tell your MPP what you think of Bill 108, now passed into law

If you care about nature in Ontario, now is a great time to email your MPP (Member of Provincial Parliament) about Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act, which was passed into law on June 6, 2019. All our MPPs are on an extended break from the Ontario Legislature until mid-October. The top concern for every MPP right now should be listening to people in their ridings.

To find your own riding and your MPP’s name and email address, click on this Elections Ontario help page: https://www.elections.on.ca/en.html

To find out how your MPP voted on Bill 108, see the voting record below

Points you may want to raise with your MPP, depending on how they cast their vote:

If your MPP voted for Bill 108:

I am very concerned about development threats to remaining natural areas in and around the Toronto area. For years now, Toronto has had the highest number of active construction cranes of any city in North America (currently at 104 cranes). At the same time, multiple studies have shown that Toronto’s remaining parks, ravines and natural areas are under siege, neglected and in decline.

So I am very disappointed that you voted in support of Bill 108 on June 6, 2019. I ask that you hold an environment-focused town hall meeting as soon as possible, and that you explain your vote to constituents.

Bill 108 will amend 13 different laws, governing everything from fees for developers to protection of endangered species, and will have massive repercussions on municipal planning, revenue generation and financing infrastructure projects.

Conservation experts such as Ontario Nature and Environmental Defence have warned that Bill 108 “opens significant wildlife habitat to sprawl development through amendments to the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA). The amendments give new powers to the Minister to delay, limit and remove protections for at-risk species. Further, it creates numerous, overlapping pathways for developers and industrialists to dodge critical requirements…The ESA gutting follows a ground-breaking United Nations report, released in May, that documents the rapid decline of ecosystems and accelerating rates of species extinction. According to the report, a million species are now threatened with extinction.”

Gord Miller, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, has also warned about Bill 108: “These changes to the ESA take us in the wrong direction. The alarming patterns of biodiversity loss, outlined in the United Nations report, hold true everywhere, including Ontario, and threaten the very foundations of our well-being and our economies.”

Please inform me as soon as you set the date and location of your environment town hall meeting. I look forward to sharing my concerns with you in person.

If your MPP voted against Bill 108:

I am very concerned about development threats to remaining natural areas in and around the Toronto area. For years now, Toronto has had the highest number of active construction cranes of any city in North America (currently at 104 cranes). At the same time, multiple studies have shown that Toronto’s remaining parks, ravines and natural areas are under siege, neglected and in decline.

I am very concerned about development threats to remaining natural areas in and around the Toronto area. For years now, Toronto has had the highest number of active construction cranes of any city in North America (currently at 104 cranes). At the same time, multiple studies have shown that Toronto’s remaining parks, ravines and natural areas are under siege, neglected and in decline.

So I thank you for voting against Bill 108 on June 6, 2019. I also recommend that you hold an environment-focused town hall meeting as soon as possible, and that you explain the implications of Bill 108 to your constituents.

Bill 108 will amend 13 different laws, governing everything from fees for developers to protection of endangered species, and will have massive repercussions on municipal planning, revenue generation and financing infrastructure projects.

Conservation experts such as Ontario Nature and Environmental Defence have warned that Bill 108 “opens significant wildlife habitat to sprawl development through amendments to the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA). The amendments give new powers to the Minister to delay, limit and remove protections for at-risk species. Further, it creates numerous, overlapping pathways for developers and industrialists to dodge critical requirements…The ESA gutting follows a ground-breaking United Nations report, released in May, that documents the rapid decline of ecosystems and accelerating rates of species extinction. According to the report, a million species are now threatened with extinction.”

Gord Miller, former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, has also warned about Bill 108: “These changes to the ESA take us in the wrong direction. The alarming patterns of biodiversity loss, outlined in the United Nations report, hold true everywhere, including Ontario, and threaten the very foundations of our well-being and our economies.”

Please inform me as soon as you set the date and location of your environment town hall meeting. I look forward to sharing concerns and ideas with you in person.

Voting record on Bill 108, June 6, 2019

Third Reading of Bill 108, An Act to amend various statutes with respect to housing, other development and various other matters. Carried on the following division:

Ayes – 68

  • Anand
  • Baber
  • Babikian
  • Bailey
  • Bethlenfalvy
  • Bouma
  • Calandra
  • Cho (Scarborough North)
  • Cho (Willowdale)
  • Clark
  • Coe
  • Crawford
  • Cuzzetto
  • Downey
  • Dunlop
  • Elliott
  • Fedeli
  • Fee
  • Ford
  • Fullerton
  • Ghamari
  • Gill
  • Hardeman
  • Harris
  • Hogarth
  • Kanapathi
  • Karahalios
  • Ke
  • Khanjin
  • Kramp
  • Kusendova
  • Lecce
  • MacLeod
  • Martin
  • Martow
  • McDonell
  • McKenna
  • McNaughton
  • Miller (Parry Sound–Muskoka)
  • Mitas
  • Mulroney
  • Nicholls
  • Oosterhoff
  • Pang
  • Park
  • Parsa
  • Pettapiece
  • Phillips
  • Piccini
  • Rasheed
  • Roberts
  • Romano
  • Sabawy
  • Sandhu
  • Sarkaria
  • Scott
  • Skelly
  • Smith (Bay of Quinte)
  • Surma
  • Tangri
  • Thanigasalam
  • Thompson
  • Tibollo
  • Triantafilopoulos
  • Wai
  • Walker
  • Yakabuski
  • Yurek

Nays – 46

  • Andrew
  • Armstrong
  • Arthur
  • Begum
  • Bell
  • Berns-McGown
  • Bisson
  • Bourgouin
  • Coteau
  • Fife
  • Fraser
  • French
  • Gates
  • Gélinas
  • Glover
  • Gravelle
  • Gretzky
  • Harden
  • Hassan
  • Hatfield
  • Horwath
  • Hunter
  • Karpoche
  • Kernaghan
  • Lindo
  • Mamakwa
  • Mantha
  • Miller (Hamilton East—Stoney Creek)
  • Monteith-Farrell
  • Morrison
  • Natyshak
  • Rakocevic
  • Sattler
  • Schreiner
  • Shaw
  • Simard
  • Singh (Brampton Centre)
  • Singh (Brampton East)
  • Stevens
  • Stiles
  • Tabuns
  • Taylor
  • Vanthof
  • West
  • Wynne
  • Yarde

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The Toronto Field Naturalists wish to acknowledge this land through which we walk. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississauga of the Credit River. Today it is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to be on this land.