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Leaders in your community

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Oct 12th, 2018
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from the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition

Municipal councils decide how our communities are built, the services they provide, and make decisions that impact our local water supplies, local food and health of our communities.

Who will stand up for the future of your community?

We are pleased to announce Community Leaders for a Sustainable Simcoe (CLASS).

With community leaders from across Simcoe County and our own 35 member groups we came up with a pledge that was open to all candidates to sign.

You can read the pledge and see candidates that have signed here.

If you have a candidate in your area that hasn’t signed, ask them why?

Please share this message and again, please don’t forget to vote!

Advanced voting opens today and election day is October 22.

If you want a better tomorrow, use your vote to get it!

If you have a candidate in your area that hasn’t signed, ask them why?

Please share this message and again, please don’t forget to vote!

Advanced voting opens today and election day is October 22.

If you want a better tomorrow, use your vote to get it!

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The Pledge:

As a community leader, I care about the future of Simcoe County – its communities, economies and environment. I will uphold, promote and demand action on the following:

-Design complete communities that put the wellbeing and sustainability (financially, environmentally, socially) of residents first. Sprawl that drains municipal finances and threatens our water and natural environment must stop.
-Develop communities that work for the unique needs of our communities ensuring they provide affordable housing and long term financial benefit to existing residents, preserve community character, improve transit (active and public) and complement existing assets (eg. agriculture, natural and built heritage, shorelines and beaches) rather than weaken or destroy them.
-Prioritize the right to clean, accessible water for all citizens including indigenous communities. This also includes ensuring that vulnerable water sources such as our aquifers, moraines and recharge areas are free from new development (e.g. Greenbelt zoning) and other threats to water supply and quality are properly monitored, mitigated or removed.
-Preserve and support forests, wetlands, natural heritage and urban green spaces. Without these green spaces, we risk more flooding, poorer air quality, water issues (both quantity and quality) and loss of biodiversity which all leads to an increased costs to taxpayers and society as a whole.
-Protect farmland and support local farmers and food systems to ensure our food security. Municipal policies should support local food producers, invest in local food systems, protect agricultural systems from sprawl and ensure equitable access to healthy food for all citizens.
-Take strong climate action at the community level. All of the actions above help us tackle a changing climate, but more specific actions need to be taken to ensure the future prosperity and viability of Simcoe’s communities and economies.

 

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