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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


Big day for Ontario as Greenbelt protection strengthened

May 18, 2017 by Erin Shapero (Senior Program Manager, Greenbelt and Smart Growth)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

  Today is a big day for Ontario! After 26 months of public consultation, the government has released the new Greenbelt and Growth Plans….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


There is too much momentum behind environmental protection for one man to stop it

Nov 09, 2016 by Tim Gray (Executive Director)

Categories: Clean Economy, Climate Change, Energy East, Environmental Defence, Great Lakes, Greenbelt, Smart Growth, Toxics

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” -Martin Luther King Jr. Canadians may be feeling a bit down…Read More


Reform of municipal election finance rules shakes things up in Ontario

Aug 03, 2016 by Erin Shapero (Senior Program Manager, Greenbelt and Smart Growth)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

This past June 7th the Ontario legislature passed Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Modernization Act.  This change to municipal election finance rules is a…Read More


Livable communities take a step forward as sprawl heads for the penalty box

May 19, 2016 by Tim Gray (Executive Director)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

Last week the Ontario government made a major announcement about what kind of future we will create for ourselves in communities across the Greater…Read More


A fresh new look to help you spring into action

May 03, 2016 by Tim Gray (Executive Director)

Categories: Clean Economy, Climate Change, Energy East, Great Lakes, Greenbelt, Smart Growth, Toxics

I love spring. From rushing rivers to the first blooms of cherry blossoms, spring is a time of possibility and excitement. This spring I’m…Read More


The Story of Sprawl: Part 1

Mar 24, 2016 by Tim Gray (Executive Director)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

(This blog is adapted from remarks delivered at the Environmental Defence gala on March 3rd, 2016.) I would like to tell you a story…Read More


The Story of Sprawl: Part 2

Mar 23, 2016 by Tim Gray (Executive Director)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

(This blog is adapted from remarks delivered at at the Environmental Defence gala on March 3rd, 2016) Part 1 of the Story of Sprawl,…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