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Saunderson says greenbelt controversy ‘categorically different’ from Collingwood transactions that led to judicial inquiry

In AWARE News Network
Aug 25th, 2023
Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson says the controversies involving Collingwood and the greenbelt lands are different

From Simcoe.com, August 17, 2023
By John Edwards 

Is the provincial process that determined Greenbelt land would be developed for housing similar to a series of transactions that led to Collingwood’s $10-million judicial inquiry?

Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson, who was deputy mayor when council voted to proceed with the inquiry, said the situations are different.

More than a week ago, Ontario’s auditor general Bonnie Lysyk released a report that found 14 of the 15 parcels of Greenbelt land selected for development were picked by a single provincial staffer and largely bypassed input from civil servants and land experts.

“We found that how the land sites were selected was not transparent, fair, objective or fully informed,” Lysyk wrote.

In 2012, Collingwood sold 50 per cent of its municipally owned utility Collus Power to PowerStream and purchased two recreation facilities for about $13 million.

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