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 16th, 2018
Vehicles used to haul aggregate are the largest and heaviest allowed in Ontario. Letter to the Creemore Echo from George Powell, Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation The mission of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust is to “Preserve and Enhance the Blue Mountain Watershed Ecosystem” and in this reg...
Dec 11th, 2018
The 2018-2022 Simcoe County Council. – Orillia Matters photo County Council elects George Cornell as Simcoe County Warden News release from Simcoe County County Council today elected George Cornell, Mayor of the Township of Tiny, to serve as Simcoe County Warden for 2019 and 2020. “I am ...