It’s open season on Ontario’s Greenbelt
Yesterday, we learned that over the course of just five days in June, Ontario developers bought up 524 acres of former Greenbelt land in the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve.
One single developer – with longstanding ties to the Ford government – spent $155 million to cash in on 400 acres of land that was meant to be protected in perpetuity.
While the rest of the province battles with an out-of-control affordability crisis, Doug Ford is busy rolling out the red carpet to a handful of ultra-rich elites looking to cash in on the destruction of one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Ontario.
Everyday Ontarians have nothing to gain from Ford’s Greenbelt giveaway.
In fact, we’ll all pay the price for this government’s lack of care for the land that feeds us, protects us from flooding and cleans our drinking water.
The Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve is the crown jewel of the Greenbelt. Its farmlands are some of the richest in North America. Its wetlands, rivers, forests and wildlife habitats are a biodiversity anchor for the entire Rouge area.
We don’t need billion-dollar highways to million-dollar homes in the Greenbelt. We need homes that people can afford, in caring, connected communities designed for people – not speculators.
Ontario Greens are leading the charge to end expensive sprawl and to permanently protect the people and places we love.
Madeleine CristAdministrative Officer