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Aug 5th, 2023
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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 t...
Jul 15th, 2023
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Ontario Nature has a lot planned this summer and we want you to be part of it all! From planting events to raising your voice against sprawl development to celebrating our youth, it’s a busy summer with Ontario Nature that you won’t want to miss! Keep reading to see what we’re working on and how [&he...
Jul 6th, 2023
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A roof garden in the Netherlands. Credit: Shutterstock From Reasons to be Cheerful, August 25, 2022 By Anne Pinto Rodrigues Summer is here, and some public outdoor spaces in the Dutch city of Utrecht are a riot of colors: wildflowers in myriad hues of orange, red, yellow and purple pop in the sun. Mo...
Jul 6th, 2023
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Credit: Rob Davis / Connexus Energy From Reasons to be Cheerful, March 31, 2023 By Elizabeth Hewitt Amid black-eyed Susans and purple wildflowers growing between rows of solar panels at Connexus Energy’s headquarters in Ramsey, Minnesota, Rob Davis has seen hover flies, swallows and a hummingbird mot...
Jun 4th, 2023
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From the Ontario Headwaters Institute Please see the submission from the Coalition of Ontario Water Guardians and sign the petition to support its four recommendations on the Province’s latest disaster on land use planning, which seeks to amalgamate the Provincial Policy Statement with A Place to Gro...
Jun 4th, 2023
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Amy Cann is the director of planning and building for the Township of Clearview. – Township of Clearview photo From Simcoe.com, June 2, 2023 By Ian Adams Wasaga Sun Changes to Ontario’s policy statement on land-use planning could have dire consequences for Clearview Township’s agricultural land...
Jun 4th, 2023
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Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark speaks in the Ontario Legislature on May 18, 2023.  CHRIS YOUNG / THE CANADIAN PRESS From the Toronto Star, May 31, 2023 By Rob Ferguson Queen’s Park Bureau A rare climbdown by Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives — on an ill-fated ...
May 28th, 2023
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Local farmers are worried about the impact of planned provincial legislation. From OrilliaMatters, May 24, 2022 By Derek Howard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter A recent crop of concerns popped up at the Tiny Township council meeting. Tiny council heard from Paul Maurice of Lafontaine, a local f...
May 24th, 2023
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Ontario’s Farm Leaders have issued an open letter to Doug Ford on the latest Sprawl Everywhere Bill 97 and proposed Provincial Planning Statement Posted on 18 May 2023. They are united in asking the Ontario government to take pause on its recently released proposed Provincial Planning Statement and n...
May 21st, 2023
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Joint Statement from Ontario’s Farm Leaders on Bill 97 and Proposed Provincial Planning Statement All of the farm organizations in Ontario have released an unprecedented joint statement against Bill 97 with a focus on the lot severance rules for agricultural land. The core of their concern is that: &...