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Bill 66: Cutting red tape or harming the environment?

In Adjala-Tosorontio
Jan 16th, 2019
Jack Gibbons

York Region municipalities wade into debate over Ontario’s ‘Open for Business’ act

by Kim Zarzour Richmond Hill Liberal

Gloria Marsh can’t believe that, at her age, she is fighting this battle all over again.

Twenty years ago, the Richmond Hill resident was arrested and spent several hours in a York detention cell for trespassing.

This was after she and other protesters took civil disobedience courses, learned how to use handcuffs and locks to immobilize big pieces of equipment, then chained themselves to pine trees to stop developers from clear-cutting a portion of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Now she is back at it, thanks to Bill 66, the province’s new Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, which critics fear could lead to the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Greenbelt being paved over with development.

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