New Public Concerns to Drive New Environmental Policy
Environmental issues often arise out of interactions between private interests, government ministries and the public. The Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) has a dual role in these interactions of both facilitating public participation in these interactions and ensuring that the government is held accountable for its subsequent decisions. This role gives the ECO a unique perspective on the dynamic that develops between such stakeholders in any environmental disputes that may arise. It is becoming evident in Ontario that new trends are emerging as a result of increased urbanization, intensification of agriculture and other rural land use, climate change and other factors. These new trends will form the politics, policy and business opportunities of the future. This presentation will explore these new trends and consider their implications for environmental sustainability in Ontario.