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April 29, 2020

What is the Role of Ontario’s New Commissioner of the Environment

About a year ago, on April 1, 2019, the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (“ECO”) was shuttered by the Ontario Government.  The ECO’s responsibilities were transferred to the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario under section 15 of the Restoring Trust, Transparency and Accountability Act.  In August 2019, the Auditor General of Ontario appointed Jerry DeMarco (previously Executive Chair of Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario) as the new Commissioner of the Environment (the “New Commissioner”).  What is the New Commissioner’s role and how does it compare to the role of the ECO?  

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