Sierra Club Ontario 's Challenge to Sprawl campaign is currently focused on Growing The Greenbelt. Building on support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Sierra Club Ontario has been making advances in protecting threatened ecosystems in Peel and Durham Region.
Under the leadership of Sierra Club Peel volunteers public and political support for protecting the Credit River Watershed is expanding daily. Sierra is working with City of Mississauga staff and elected officials to fulfil their City Council resolution of 2010 to protect the Credit River as a Greenbelt Urban River Valley.
Durham Region is starting much lower on the learning curve: Durham Regional Council was the only municipality to formally oppose the creation of the Ontario Greenbelt. Sierra Club is now working with advocates such as Ajax Mayor Steve Parish to create a solid base of support for adding key ecosystems such as the headwaters of Carruthers Creek to the Ontario Greenbelt.
Sierra Club Ontario is an active member, and part of the Steering Committee of the Ontario Greenbelt Alliance.
Read about the importance of protecting headwaters land in our Durham Region specific study found online at: http://tinyurl.com/sierra-
Also, be sure to check out the Greenbelt Online Farmer's Market at www.greenbeltfresh.
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The commenting period for the 2015 Coordinated Review is now closed but Sierra Club of Canada Foundation has made a submission in support of Greenbelt growth and expansion to protect the Carruthers Creek Headwaters which run through Pickering. The comments reflect Peter Rodrigue's (former Pickering Regional Councillor, Ward 3) work rallying support for the protection of the Carruthers Creek Headwaters. Official Comments Below:
GROW THE GREENBELT IN DURHAM -- Protect Carruthers Creek Headwaters... Read more »
Unusual for the participants in the Ontario government’s 2015 Co-Ordinated Review of the Growth Plan, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan is the perspective of the Mohawk environmentalist, Danny Beaton. (Turtle Clan, Six Nations).
At the Caledon session on March 26th, Beaton took part in a panel with the Sierra Club representative Dan McDermott, Robin Garret, of the Greenbelt Foundation and myself. Here he stressed that all the prime agricultural land in Ontario should be protected from development. This would require a dramatic expansion of the Greenbelt. ... Read more »
In St. Catharines a meeting was held for the provincial plan review for the Ontario Greenbelt on April 15th, and was attended by about 350 people. This large attendance was quite important, since the meeting attracted around 80 opponents of the Greenbelt. They were led by landowner leader, Austin Kirby, who asked those who shared her perspective to indicate by applause. Her signed briefing note left at one of the tables recommended that they should “gather round one table to gain more attention.”... Read more »
One of the key weaknesses in the reformed land use planning system in Ontario that was developed around 2005 and is now subject to review through public meetings is the planning black hole known as the “White Belt.” This is an area between the Greenbelt and the edge of the urban area boundaries in Hamilton, Halton Region, Peel, York and Durham Region. On these lands urban boundary expansions can take place through every five years, instead of the ten plus protected through the Greenbelt.
The only Regional government around the Greenbelt not to have a White Belt is Niagara. This situation has arisen since one of the chief objectives for the Greenbelt here is to protect Niagara’s unique tree fruit growing lands.... Read more »
On Wednesday, May 27th the City of Mississauga will be hosting an Open House in the Living Arts Centre. The night will showcase what Mississauga has planned to expand the Urban Greenbelt down the Credit River to the lake. Sierra Club has been following this project closely for many months and encourages its promotion.
- Hope to see you there!