Innisfil saves wetland, thanks to the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan
Leonard’s Beach wetland will be spared, thanks to decisions and recommendations made by Council and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. All those who helped get the Lake Simcoe Protection Act should be proud – this is our Act in Action!
Midhurst Mega-Development to Test the Growth Plan
Simcoe County Council approved a Springwater Township Official Plan amendment to implement the Midhurst Secondary Plan, October 12th. The province appealed the decision to the OMB, because the plan to add 27,000 people to a town of 3,500 does not appear to agree with the Growth Plan. A Barrie Examiner editorial says, “[Midhurst] isn't where the province wants growth in Simcoe County to take place. That would be in Barrie, and south of the city, where the province gave Barrie 5,664 acres of Innisfil land almost two years ago for industrial and residential growth.”
Election results in the Simcoe area
There weren’t significant changes in the Lake Simcoe area’s political landscape after the October 6th provincial election. Two new MPPs were elected: Laurie Scott, for the PC’s in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock; and Rod Jackson, for the PC’s in Barrie. Another change affecting Lake Simcoe is that John Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment, lost his seat. He has been replaced by Jim Bradley who will be responsible for the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan.
The following MPPs held on to their seats:
Julia Munro, PC, York—Simcoe
Frank Klees, PC, Newmarket—Aurora
Helena Jaczek, LIB, Oak Ridges—Markham
Garfield Dunlop, PC, Simcoe North
Jim Wilson, PC, Simcoe—Grey
At an October 2nd All Candidates meeting, a Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition Board member asked Simcoe North candidates, if elected, would the candidates provide another $20 million over 4 years to implement the Lake Simcoe Protection Act? Garfield Dunlop, who first introduced the Act, said, “We have a long way to go and we need millions of dollars. We need a wetland protection policy. There will be thousands more people in Innisfil; how do we protect the lake from the development required to build the infrastructure and housing? We will do everything we can do to provide funds.” Fred Larsen, who ran against Dunlop answered, “The Liberal government is committed to the plan. We are confident that the government will provide the funds.” Good answers! We hope these promises DO come true!
Lake Simcoe Research Showcase
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