Liar Liar Pants on Fire……
PECFN lawyer accuses MNRF official of coaching developer, witholding documents
The optics have always been bad— provincial government officials aligned with a large wind developer in a no-holds-barred fight against the handful of volunteers who make up the Prince Edward County Field Naturalists (PECFN).
It became much worse when, under crossexamination, a species at risk expert testified that he had warned senior officials in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) that the project posed a deadly risk to the Blanding’s turtle.
Now the Ostrander Tribunal has revealed a very close working relationship between MNRF officials and the developer. PECFN’s lawyer says the regulator, responsible for protecting species at risk, is withholding documents and emails the Tribunal ordered turned over.
All in all, it was another rough week for Ontario’s MNRF and Minstry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).
The proceedings, now deep into extra innings, showed no sign of…
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