• Protecting Water and Farmland in Simcoe County

Leaders in your community

By
In Adjala-Tosorontio
Oct 12th, 2018
1 Comment
1150 Views

 

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!

….

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.

 

One Response to “Leaders in your community”

  1. Trudy Colclough says:

    More thought is needed to build more roads in Bradford. There is the 400 Hwy and Hwy 11 to get in or get out of Bradford. There has been so many new homes built, but no thought how to handle the traffic from other communities cutting through Bradford to get to their place of employment. Due to this there is more air pollution, road pollution, and garbage. I am trying to find another place to live as the rent is so high. I have a lot of close friends that wanted to move to Bradford told them not move here due to the traffic, dealing with more pollution not good for a person that has health issues. The water is not the greatest compared from 6 yrs ago to current. Also the rent in Bradford is too high and for what? There should be more rent control for seniors about 25% less, there is not much in Bradford for a senior to move too, unless you pay the $5,000/mnth in a residential home and for the lower income seniors could not afford this amount. The older apartment buildings are more costly as the maintenance was not kept up in the previous years and now they are starting to have work done on the buildings. What about our farmers with more air pollution going into the ground that’s our food that we need to eat! So what I am saying the traffic going through Bradford is terrible, the pollution has increased, it seems more recycling is needed, the water needs to be improved, there should be more affordable rent for seniors (reasons why not to retire at 65) there should not be a 5-10 yr waiting list, make it mandatory that all apartment buildings should have 25% of the units for seniors at a lower cost of rent. If apartment buildings need to have a minimum units available for persons on Welfare or on Disability why not for seniors. Who do I vote for??? I have not received any material from anyone in our riding. Who needs more education beside our children our MP’s they need to take the Yellow Belt and Green Belt courses and then get together and discuss the present and the future to come up with a solution.

Leave a Reply

Commenters must post under real names. AWARE Simcoe reserves the right to edit or not publish comments. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *