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Fitting the last piece of the puzzle for livable communities in the country’s largest region

Nov 10, 2017 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

As two former municipal councillors, we know firsthand that the odds have been stacked against building smart sustainable communities in the Greater Toronto Hamilton…Read More


Getting rid of the Ontario Municipal Board is good news but your voice matters more than ever

Oct 03, 2017 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth, Uncategorized

Last October, the province began the review of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Over 5,000 emails and postcards were sent by Ontarians urging the…Read More


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

Sep 12, 2017 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

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


Ontario’s Greenbelt and Growth Plans: The keys to creating the livable communities we want to live in

Aug 29, 2017 by Erin Shapero ()

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

More than 12 years ago, urban sprawl and gridlock in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) were completely out of control and rapid development threatened…Read More


The Most Critical Issue Facing Windsor-Essex Today

Aug 22, 2017 by Guest Blog ()

Categories: Greenbelt, Smart Growth

This is a guest blog by Philippa von Ziegenweidt, a founding member of Citizens for an Accountable Mega-Hospital Planning Process (CAMPP), a grassroots citizens’…Read More


Good riddance to the Ontario Municipal Board

May 24, 2017 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

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 ()

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 (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

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 ()

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


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