No ban on the words ‘climate change,’ top Ontario bureaucrat says

A top Ontario bureaucrat says no directives have been issued banning civil servants from using the words “climate change” on official government social media accounts and blames “false information” for reports to the contrary.

The response from acting secretary of cabinet Steven Davidson came Friday after BlogTO reported two separate emails from communications staff in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and at Ontario Parks — who are not Progressive Conservative political staff in the Doug Ford government — advised colleagues the words “climate change” should be avoided.

“The premier’s office has never given direction to anyone in the government not to use the term climate change on social media,” Laryssa Waler said in an email. “To say otherwise is 100 per cent false.”