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Local protesters voice concerns over ‘destructive’ Bill 23

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Nov 22nd, 2022
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From MidlandToday nov 21 2022.
Andrew Philips

Frigid, blustery conditions didn’t deter a crowd of 50 people from turning out in Midland to protest Premier Doug Ford’s Bill 23 and call on local MPP Jill Dunlop to “kill the Bill.”

They feel that the province’s More Homes Built Faster Act — otherwise known as Bill 23 — will gobble up and destroy environmentally sensitive land.

The group, which also included two canine participants, gathered outside the Midland Public Library Sunday to demand the bill be stopped.

They contend the bill will allow developers to profit from the destruction of critical wetlands and greenspaces, remove and weaken environmental protections and diminish the role of local government and conservation authorities in land-use planning.

Led by members of the Chigamik Drum Circle, the people marched down King St. and then heard from representatives of various organizations, including the Midland-Penetanguishene Field Naturalists, the Reform Gravel Mining Coalition, AWARE Simcoe, the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition, Ontario Nature and Friends of the Waverley Uplands.

Tiny Township resident, Teedon Pit neighbour, and well-known local water defender Bonnie Pauzé said there was meaning to the day’s snowstorm.

“When these types of events occur, Mother Nature always likes to show up and make her voice heard as well,” she said.
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