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It’s a great time for Ontario’s Greenbelt: It just got bigger and greener!
The Province of Ontario just announced that it will expand the Greenbelt by adding the Glenorchy Conservation Area in Oakville, an area roughly the size of 800 football fields.
It also plans to create a new type of category for Greenbelt lands, which will allow communities to connect their river valleys to the Greenbelt. This will help places like Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton and Guelph grow the Greenbelt.
It’s a great time to show your support for protecting and expanding the Greenbelt. Please take a moment to send a letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Bob Chiarelli, and copy NDP leader Andrea Horwath and PC leader Tim Hudak.
Dear Premier McGuinty and Minister Chiarelli,
I want to thank you for your work to protect and enhance Ontario’s Greenbelt. I’m thrilled about the first expansion of the Greenbelt since it was established in 2005.
The protection of agricultural lands, natural heritage, water and air in the Greater Golden Horseshoe has led Ontario to be recognized as a global leader in ecosystem protection.
The new urban river valley designation announced will go a long way towards linking important watersheds across Ontario to the larger Greenbelt. Benefits include connecting more urban and suburban residents to the Greenbelt, supporting Ontario farmers engaged in local sustainable food production, and the cleaning of air and water through many of Ontario’s watersheds. Together, this helps us live in a healthier environment, where nature is not a long drive away but an integral part of our lives.
I support efforts to expand and protect Ontario’s Greenbelt.