Jan 16th, 2019
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 severa...
Jan 15th, 2019
Brant MPP Will Bouma By Adam Ballah and Margaret Prophet, Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition There has been a lot of controversy recently regarding Premier Ford’s proposed Bill 66, also called “An Act to Restore Ontario’s Competitiveness”. On the surface, it is presented as a way to increase employmen...
Jan 15th, 2019
Around 250 people packed an Ajax banquet hall for an in-depth look at Bill 66. Former Ajax mayor, Steve Parish, was there, as was Oakville’s mayor, Rob Burton. -Land Over Landings photo from Mike Douglas Concerned Citizens of Ramara The Environmental Defence meeting focusing on Stop Bill 66 took plac...
Jan 10th, 2019
Mayor Don Allen ‘Not going to do anything untoward, but not going to handcuff ourselves’ By Kate Harries AWARE News Network Springwater Council voted last night to take a wait-and-see approach on Bill 66, after being told by Planning Director Brent Spagnol that he was not in a position to...
Jan 10th, 2019
Bradford-West-Gwillimbury Mayor Rob Keffer at his 2018 election campaign launch. -Bradford Today photo Updates: On January 14 2018, the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio unanimously approved a resolution to reject any aspect of Bill 66 that circumvents provincial protection of the environment and natural...
Jan 9th, 2019
Collingwood Councillor Deb Doherty makes a point at Tuesday’s meeting in Midhurst. -AWARE Simcoe photo Concerns include loss of protection, lack of transparency By Kate Harries AWARE News Network Concern and even alarm were the predominant sentiments expressed at a Midhurst meeting on Bill 66 h...
Dec 20th, 2018
News release from the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and Rescue Lake Simcoe Local groups concerned about the future health of Lake Simcoe, Georgian Bay and protection of our drinking water are now calling on municipalities within Simcoe County and the Lake Simcoe watershed to take a stand against ...
Dec 17th, 2018
Government says Greenbelt will remain protected under Bill 66, but some aren’t buying it By Nathan Taylor Orillia Matters Environmentalists are sounding the alarm about a provincial bill that could allow municipalities to bypass certain regulations in the name of development. Bill 66, the Resto...
Dec 13th, 2018
Proposed legislation aims to cut red tape but grants municipalities the ability to bypass some environmental regulations by Chris Simon Barrie Advance Barrie is open for business — just not at the cost of the environment, the city’s mayor says. Mayor Jeff Lehman has added his name to the growing list...
Dec 12th, 2018
By Kate Harries – Lake Simcoe Living Magazine There’s a popular orchard on Yonge Street south of Barrie called Carpe Diem — “Seize the Day.” That day is drawing to a close. This area is part of 5,600 acres annexed by Barrie almost a decade ago. Now, ploughed fields proliferate with “...