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Research questions need for environmental assessment overhaul

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The vast majority of environmental reviews triggered by the Fisheries Act were completed within the recommended time frame, according to new research from a University of Toronto PhD candidate.

The research looking at 10 years of data was published in the peer-reviewed Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Its conclusion questions the logic behind the recent overhaul by the federal government.

The Harper government at the time said the overhaul of the review process was needed to clear bottlenecks, but except for a few mega projects reviews were done on time.