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environment protection

3 petitions

Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Rob Burton, Oakville Town Council, Kevin Flynn, Eleanor McMahon, Gary Carr, Mélanie Joly, Bill Mauro, Indira Naidoo-Harris, Kathleen Wynne

Save historic Glen Abbey from destruction and development

The Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, a site of significant cultural, historic and natural heritage is threatened with destruction by a proposed high density development of luxury residential, commercial and retail spaces on its precious limited green space.  Situated on the heritage-designated former Raydor Estate, the present course was designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus in his first foray in championship course design. Prior history included indigenous hunting grounds, sawmill, Jesuit monastery and country club. As of 2007, majority ownership of the club property changed to predatory billionaire property developer Rai Sahi of Morguard Corp., who as of September 2015 called for the site's destruction. It is Canada's most famous golf course for now 41 years, and has also been home to Golf Canada and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. It has hosted 29 Canadian Open Championships, more than any other course, with the first having been in 1977. Many historic sports achievements have occurred on this course, including a shot by PGA star Tiger Woods regarded as the most spectacular both of Woods' career and in recent PGA Tour history (https://youtu.be/G2AvRfxgpL4?t=305). The golf course in this half century has not only defined the Town of Oakville's identity, but also provides significant economic benefits for the hundreds employed in the service and hospitality sector especially when hosting one of the largest single international sports events in all of Canada. The proposed development calls for the significant destruction of the manicured and natural landscape, woodland canopy, wildlife habitat and rich absorbent soils in Halton Region's largest watershed to be replaced by multiple enormous multi-level structures in a mature site expressly and historically zoned for perpetual recreational purposes.  The proposal ignores the Town's significant official plan, which concentrates meaningful growth in other specified areas with transportation infrastructure and economic activity.  In so doing, the developer's proposal encourages a perverse density that will overwhelm the existing Town corridors and facilities,  adversely affecting neighbouring residents and businesses. This development will disembowel the proverbial heart of Oakville, scarring its historic, cultural and natural legacy. This petition calls upon the Mayor Rob Burton and Town Councilors, as well as Members of Provincial Parliament for Oakville Kevin Flynn & Indira Naidoo-Harris, and Provincial Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon, Provincial Minister of Municipal Affairs Bill Mauro, Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly and Halton Region Chair Gary Carr to oppose the destruction of Glen Abbey by recognizing the intangible value of cultural and natural heritage of preserving Glen Abbey and thereby the legacy of nature, sport and history for future generations. Save Glen Abbey, the heart of Oakville and national treasure.  

Save Glen Abbey
8,912 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Mark Grimes, Chris Witaker

Ban Bottled Water at Humber College

During our Lakeshore CleanUp near Humber College and the waterfront, we noticed that the majority of the litter being picked up were plastic water bottles. As an environmental initiative, we urge the city of Toronto  to consider the ecological impact of bottled water. While purchasing bottled water may seem like a harmless action in the moment, there are in fact adverse consequences that arise with each purchase. Bottled water is made up of entirely recyclable material, but a Polaris Institute study estimates that only 14% of all plastic bottles in Ontario get recycled (2016).  Furthermore,  the study suggests that while a majority of the bottles end up in landfills, many find their way as litter in our forests, lakes, and public spaces. Not only is this litter ugly to look at, but because of the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) found in plastic water bottles, it can take hundreds of years for material to be completely broken down. However, even when it does eventually start to degrade, the fragments which contain dangerous, and toxic chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA) and PS oligomer, is then ingested by animals, and find their way  back into our water and air, where humans are most likely to come into direct contact with them. Contrary to popular belief, bottled water does not make our lives more convenient. The harmful waste generated by bottled water industries is immense, with an estimated 30 million plastic bottles being inappropriately discarded each day.   Project CleanUp would like to see the Government of Ontario entirely ban the manufacturing of bottled water, but we believe that the fight begins in our communities, and schools. As  members of the Humber College community, we are fortunate to enjoy clean, and safe drinking water. We do not need bottled water, and therefore it should be banned from all Humber College campuses.  Humber College prides itself on its green initiatives, and has installed many water stations around the school, but bottled water is still found in abundance around its campuses. If you believe that Humber College should hold true to its pledge of sustainability, please sign and share this petition!  By signing this petition, you are pledging to use reusable water bottles, become more environmentally conscious, and to #ChooseTap.

Project CleanUp
67 supporters