SAY “NO” TO SPRAWL -- SAY “NO” TO URBANIZATION OF NORTH-EAST PICKERING (GREENWOOD)
The past Durham Regional Council voted to urbanize an enormous tract of land in North Pickering (Greenwood). BUT the Province rejected this proposal as it is contrary to “Places to Grow”. Durham Region has appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board --they are spending our Tax Dollars to fight FOR sprawl!
In 2010 Pickering Council supported the development of Greenwood; with new representatives we must reverse this position. Pickering Regional Councillors O’Connell, McLean and Rodrigues oppose the urbanization of North East Pickering and want Pickering Council to tell Durham to abandon their appeal and oppose expanding the Urban Boundary
On February 22, 2011 a Motion will be presented to Pickering Council that “SAYS NO” to:... Read more »
The community of Concord West in the City of Vaughan, Ontario, is engaged in a David & Goliath fight to save from destruction the Concord West Greenspace - a natural heritage land and ecological niche that has been enjoyed by the community for generations but is now being targeted for conversion into a massive intermodal transportation hub. This land forms a central link in the Bartley Smith Greenway at the point where the Greenway is at its narrowest and winds down the West Don River course to Marita Payne Park. It is a natural habitat of many species of plants, birds and animals; at least two endangered species: Blanding’s Turtle and the Common Nighthawk have been sighted on it, as have some Special Concern Species at Risk, including the Great Blue Heron.... Read more »
Capture river flow with power generating turbines
It is now obvious to those watching lake levels that something is seriously concerning about Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron levels. According to the January 2011 report from the US Army Corps of Engineers on water levels, in December monthly mean water levels in Lakes Superior, Michigan-Huron, St. Clair and Erie were 13, 19, 7 and 5 inches below long-term average, respectively. Lake Ontario was near its long-term average. For close to 12 years water levels on Michigan and Huron have hovered around 176M: close to record lows. Wetlands have dried up, becoming meadows but they now have 6 feet high pine and birch trees young forests. Shorelines have become exposed allowing invasive species like Phragmites australis to take over; water intake pipes become unusable; and recreational boating and shipping are restricted due to shallow channels.... Read more »
The “Proposed Amendment 1 to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” is a plan for more sprawl development in the Lake Simcoe watershed. See SCO's letter submitted against the approval to the Ontario Gorwth Secretariat, Jan 31st.
Citizens simply will not buy the province’s line that this plan represents responsible growth. We know sprawl when we see it. We know this proposal will exacerbate highway congestion, strain water supplies, pollute surface and ground water, and encourage leapfrog development.
Electric bicycles and scooters, with their small wheels, are legal on sidewalks under Toronto's confusing and outdated bylaws.
Published in The Star on Jan 27, 2011
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