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Sep 17th, 2022
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From the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition By Margaret Prophet,Executive Director Our free lunch ‘n learn webinars for municipal candidates are beginning next week.  They feature topics that candidates told us were important to them: housing policy, supporting local food systems and protecting ...
Sep 8th, 2022
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Bob Bowles has been studying the tributaries in the Inch Farm area and documenting what he has discovered. Above are two creek chub and one brook stickleback from the south tributary from Aug. 19. | Supplied Photo From OrilliaMatters, September 3, 2022 By Bob Bowles The following is a guest column by...
Sep 2nd, 2022
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Ontario’s Countryside (Photo by Sveta Fedarava on Unsplash) August 30th, 2022 By Martin Straathof When I began my master’s in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph, I wanted to learn new ways to integrate community development and agricultural systems. My hope was to find a...
Aug 16th, 2022
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Stock photo | Anton Atanasov via Pexels From OrilliaMatters, August 14, 2022 A Letter to the Editor The following letter is in response to a letter regarding the preservation of rural communities, published July 27. In his letter, Mr. Ralph Wood of Orillia pays homage to small, rural communities. Som...
Jul 29th, 2022
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Stock photoDonatello Trisolino via Pexels From OrilliaMatters, July 27, 2022 A Letter to the Editor This letter is in response to a letter regarding farmland preservation, published July 26. Mike Douglas, of Ramara, writes a cogent letter regarding preserving farmland in southern Ontario. My MSc is i...
Jul 28th, 2022
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Stock photo From OrilliaMatters, July 26, 2022 A Letter to the Editor Every municipality in Ontario is faced with row-on-row sprawl-style development and surrounding farmland is being destructively gobbled up with little regard for future agricultural needs. Over the past 150 to 200 years Canadian se...
Jul 26th, 2022
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Douglas and Bourgeois Farm is now protected from non-agricultural development. | Image supplied From OrilliaMatters, July 23, 2022 A Letter to the Editor This letter from Mike Douglas highlights the environmental benefits of working with provincial agencies to permanently protect local farms from non...
Jul 13th, 2022
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Stock image From OrilliaMatters, Juky 9, 2022 NEWS RELEASE: SUSTAINABLE ORILLIA With news of droughts in the prairies and the western U.S., larger than ever tornadoes roaring through Oklahoma and other U.S. states, a seldom heard of windstorm sweeping through southern Ontario, and wildfire season sta...
Jul 10th, 2022
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London, Ont. is gaining farmland as the rest of the province is losing it, according to the 2021 census of agriculture. (Erik White/CBC) From CBC News, July 7, 2022 By James Chaarani Farm-rich Ontario has lost nearly seven per cent of its land to development over the last decade, but London has incre...
Jun 30th, 2022
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Demonstrators in Caledon protest against the provincial government’s planned Highway 413, on April 23.  GRAEME FRISQUE From the Toronto Star, June 24, 2022 By Keith Brooks, Contributor The controversial plan to build Highway 413 north of Toronto was a key issue in the recent Ontario election. The opp...