A Big Win was achieved against Bill 66 – to protect Ontario’s water, farmland, and natural heritage.
A BIG WIN!
The Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition put this bulletin recently.
As a Councillor for the Town of Wasaga Beach and a supporter of the environment- I was excited to see through the efforts of many organizations including the Council of the Town of Wasaga Beach- that a Big Win was achieved against Bill 66 – to protect Ontario’s water, farmland, and natural heritage.
A heartfelt congratulations to all of you!
Steve Clark, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced late yesterday that the government will not be pursuing Schedule 10 of Bill 66.
This is a big win for all who have been fighting to ensure Ontario’s water, farmland, and natural heritage remain protected.
The Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and allies across the region and province were strongly opposed to Schedule 10, which would have allowed for
certain development related to employment by overriding long-standing environmental protections, such as those contained in the Clean Water Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, and the Greenbelt Act.
We are pleased that the government listened to concerns expressed by countless citizens, as well as community and environmental organizations, farmers’ federations, municipalities, labour representatives and planning associations, among others. We saw a groundswell of support for protecting Ontario’s water, farmland, communities and environment.
The message to the government is clear:
water and the natural environment is a shared heritage and should not be sacrificed to only benefit a few;
water is core to our identity as Ontarians;
good planning must include the public and be accountable to the public;
people care about their communities and want to see them succeed in a way that ensures they continue to be healthy and vibrant into the future.
These are principles that we believe all levels of government can work from, including municipalities across Simcoe County. The economy of the future is one that values a healthy environment–simple as that.
We want to thank all of the municipal politicians that showed leadership on this issue.
We’d also like to thank Andrea Khanjin, Caroline Mulroney, and Jill Dunlop for meeting with us and listening to our concerns.
Most especially, we want to thank the countless supporters who stood up when it counted and lifted their voice with ours.
A word of caution.
While this is a big win, much remains to be done.
As far as we know the Town Hall planned for February 5th to address concerns with Bill 66 remains a go. This is a chance for all of us to talk about what we want for our communities moving forward, and how we can ensure our priorities are heard and acted upon at Queens Park.
We look forward to continuing to build a better Simcoe County and a better Ontario.
Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition
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