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Isn't it time that electric public transit returns to Ontario?

Sep 12, 2017 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

Drivers, transit users, cyclists and walkers, no matter how you move in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), the Big Move Regional Transportation…Read More


Good riddance to the Ontario Municipal Board

May 24, 2017 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Smart Growth

Good Riddance to the Ontario Municipal Board Reforms promise to bring back democracy to city planning When the province announced it was shutting down…Read More


Building better communities starts with fixing the Ontario Municipal Board

Apr 05, 2017 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

Citizens want a say in shaping their communities, but when the system fails they are forced to go the antiquated Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)….Read More


Can the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) be fixed?

Feb 16, 2017 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Greenbelt

Check out a video of the entire panel discussion on our YouTube channel.   Can the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) be fixed? According to…Read More


Provincial leadership is needed to fix gridlock by building public transit in the right places

Mar 11, 2016 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Smart Growth

Highways and sprawl are a costly combination. In the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), our economy loses $11 billion a year due to…Read More


Sprawl Brawl II - What’s the cure for gridlock in the GTHA?

Feb 05, 2016 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Smart Growth

From traffic jams that turn our highways and roads into parking lots to jam-packed buses, subways and trains, it’s clear that the Greater Toronto…Read More


Stop Highway 413 from coming back to life

Feb 02, 2016 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

It’s time to drive a stake in the heart of the redundant Highway 413 (aka GTA West) – before it comes back to life….Read More


Ontario farmland at risk: Better land-use planning can help save the family farm

Nov 24, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Smart Growth

Ontario is losing farmland at an alarming rate. And when farmland is paved over, the farms are gone forever. So are the jobs on…Read More


On Nov 24, the gloves are coming off at the Sprawl Brawl

Nov 12, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Smart Growth

Get ready to rumble! On Tuesday November 24th, Environmental Defence is hosting its first Sprawl Brawl – an evening of lively debate. The topic?…Read More


Tackling climate change will lead to healthier cities

Sep 14, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Smart Growth Consultant)

Categories: Clean Economy

The provincial plan review is an opportunity to bring climate change into planning the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. The Greenbelt provides $2.6 billion in…Read More


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