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Feb 12th, 2019
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The Hine’s Emerald Dragonfly is globally endangered, surviving in Canada only in the Minesing Wetlands, in Clearview, Essa and Springwater Townships. -Chris Evans photo Massive insect decline could have ‘catastrophic’ environmental impact, study says By Euan McKirdy, CNN February 12...
Feb 4th, 2019
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Retired provincial planner Victor Doyle speaks in Guelph. -AWARE Simcoe photo Land-use planning may have a 25-year horizon, but ‘when we pave the landscape, that’s forever’   By Kate Harries AWARE News Network The focus of a meeting to stop Bill 66 changed – given the withdrawal of t...
Feb 1st, 2019
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News release from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs The Government of Canada and Ontario’s Government for the People are reducing regulatory burden and making life easier for farmers who experience livestock losses beyond their control. The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation...
Jan 28th, 2019
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by Shane MacDonald Innisfil Journal Innisfil councillor comments re Bill 66: “The cost of this open for business — the risks to our lake, our wetlands, our greenbelt — they are too high,” said Coun. Donna Orsatti. “I’m not open for business.” Mayor Lynn Dollin mused it would be tempting to use an OFB...
Jan 28th, 2019
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Premier Doug Ford Last week’s cancellation of a contentious section of Bill 66 is significant, Ford tells the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association conference By Robert Benzie Toronto Star The Progressive Conservatives’ retreat on controversial new planning legislation proves the government ...
Jan 27th, 2019
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AWARE News Network Deadline for comment on the Ford government’s Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan was Monday January 28, midnight. This is a download of Ontario’s EnvironmentPlan This is a link to the posting of the plan on the Environmental Registry of Ontario. SCGC submission on Ontario...
Jan 27th, 2019
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Hosted by Keep Simcoe Beautiful Tuesday February 5 7-9 pm We did it, Simcoe County! Following the news from the Ontario Government that it won’t be proceeding with Schedule 10 of Bill 66, the original Bill 66 Town Hall event has been modified. Instead of a Town Hall, please join us in a Communi...
Jan 27th, 2019
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by Andrew Mendler Midland Mirror Midland Coun. Carole McGinn and Penetanguishene Coun. Jessica Klug both passionately voiced concerns around Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, at Jan. 23 council meetings. “I publicly reject Bill 66,” said Klug, offering to craft a resolution for co...
Jan 24th, 2019
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The Ford government withdrew Schedule 10 of Bill 66 yesterday, which still leaves much of this omnibus bill on the order paper. Each schedule – there are 12 – targets a different ministry. It’s the section dealing with land-use planning under the municipal affairs and housing ministry that is gone. T...
Jan 23rd, 2019
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Thanks to municipal politicians who showed leadership, to MPPs who listened – and to the people News release from the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition Steve Clarke, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced this afternoon that the government will not be pursuing Schedule 10 of Bill...