Defend Water, Nature and Communities

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This is your final chance to tell the Province to take the lead to protect the water, nature and communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

 In May 2016, the Province released a set of draft changes to the Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  There are many positive elements in these draft changes, including a commitment to protect the region’s natural heritage and to grow the Greenbelt to encompass vulnerable water supplies. However, there are areas of concern which may undermine the vision of these plans.

 We cannot allow a decades-old style of sprawl to re-emerge.  The livability of the region depends on getting these plans right. We must protect our irreplaceable natural and agricultural lands and set firm urban boundaries using principles of Smart Growth to build our communities up, not out. In the face of climate change and a rapidly growing population, we will not have another chance to get these plans right.

 We continue to call for:

A STRONGER LANDSCAPE to protect a robust regional natural heritage system and a water system, and grow the Greenbelt to protect vulnerable and significant water supplies;

STRONGER LAWS to protect habitat for our most vulnerable species at risk, eliminate new loopholes in the draft Plans that would allow sprawl to re-emerge, and stop the Greenbelt from becoming an infrastructure corridor[JW1] ;

A STRONGER LEGACY to fund monitoring, ecological restoration, stewardship and land securement to increase our region’s resiliency to climate change.

 It is up to you to make sure that the Province moves forward in protecting our water, nature and communities – not backwards!

 The government is accepting your input until September 30th, 2016 [LINK TO EBR].

Take action today. Submit the letter below to the new Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Honourable Bill Mauro, by signing this petition.

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