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Secret Metrus Deal Update

In Environment
May 30th, 2012
Email from North Gwillimbury Forest Alliance May 28 2012
On Friday, the Regional Municipality of York informed us that it is postponing introducing its proposed deal with Metrus Developments with respect to the North Gwillimbury Forest until a later OMB prehearing.  We also learned that two Town of Georgina staff members have had input into drafting the deal in conjunction with Metrus’ representatives. 
Our correspondence with Town staff indicate that they believe Metrus’ close to 25-year-old approval for a mobile home park must be “recognized and not fettered” in the Region’s new official plan.  They did not explain what they would be doing to protect the ecological integrity of the forest and wetlands, to meet the goals of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan or how they might bring town planning into line with modern environmental protection approaches rather than focusing on protecting 25-year-old development approvals. 
Clearly, we have lots of work to do to protect our forest!
Please ask Mayor Grossi and Town Council to direct their staff to do everything possible to prevent the construction of houses on the Paradise Beach-Island Grove Provincially Significant Wetland, in the North Gwillimbury Forest, which is itself recognized as a Significant Woodland.
Please order our “Save Our Forest” flyer and distribute it to your friends and neighbours.
Please make a donation to support our participation at Ontario Municipal Board hearings to protect the North Gwillimbury Forest.
Please pass this message on to your friends. 

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