‘Put the money out in the real world’: Bradford, East Gwillimbury, Georgina councils call on feds to deliver funds to help Lake Simcoe
Councillors from watershed communities call on feds to restore and protect Lake Simcoe
Aileen Zangouri, Simcoe.com
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Councillors from watershed communities in York Region, Georgina and East Gwillimbury, and Bradford West Gwillimbury are calling on the federal government to deliver on its promise to help the health of Lake Simcoe.
In late January, watershed communities passed motions calling on the federal government to restore and protect Lake Simcoe.
A similar motion was passed last year in Bradford. In 2022, pressure from municipalities and conservation authorities throughout Ontario’s watershed seemed to have an effect as the federal budget included a $19.6-million funding commitment for the Freshwater Action Fund, which included Lake Simcoe.
“It’s in the budget but as far as we are aware, it’s just sitting there … and so the money isn’t actually out in the real world making a difference,” said Bradford Ward 2 Coun. Jonathan Scott.
“The motion was passed by all of council, and (Mayor James Leduc) wrote a letter to Minister of Finance (Chrystia Freeland) and Minister of Environment and Climate Change (Steven Guilbeault) to say we really expect that the federal government will deliver this funding.
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