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

Nov 24, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

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 (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

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


Paving over forests and farmland...for a highway?

Sep 03, 2015 by Guest Blog ()

Categories: Smart Growth

This is a guest blog by Sony Rai of Sustainable Vaughan, a collection of concerned active citizens representing an organized and educated voice on…Read More


Higher density is key to the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s economic development and a sustainable future

Jul 22, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

Categories: Smart Growth

In the 1950s, when the car was king, car-dependent sprawl subdivisions sprang up across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. We’ve learned a lot since then….Read More


Farming – an economic driver in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Jul 20, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

Categories: Smart Growth

In North America too often we tend to think about farmland as development land in waiting. That’s not surprising given that traditionally, our land…Read More


Dispatch from the Greenbelt review town halls

May 29, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

Categories: Smart Growth

Over 3,000 people participated in the recent town halls about the Greenbelt and Growth Plan review. From Niagara to Owen Sound, Peterborough to Toronto,…Read More


It’s time the Greater Golden Horseshoe said goodbye to dumb growth

May 14, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

Categories: Smart Growth

Dumb growth has left us with endless subdivisions, never-ending highways and municipal debts. It has  degraded our water, damaged our health and paved over…Read More


Stop threats to Ontario’s Greenbelt: By May 28th raise your voice to strengthen the Greenbelt

Apr 16, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

Categories: Smart Growth

From Peterborough to Barrie, Toronto, St. Catharines and Waterloo, hundreds of people are participating in the provincial review of Ontario’s Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine,…Read More


March Break fun in the Greenbelt!

Mar 09, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

Categories: Smart Growth

For March Break many parents in the Greater Toronto Area are looking for activities the whole family can enjoy. Look no further than Ontario’s Greenbelt!…Read More


Want to improve Ontario’s Greenbelt? Time to make your voice heard!

Feb 27, 2015 by Susan Lloyd Swail (Senior Manager, Livable Communities)

Categories: Smart Growth

It’s been a decade since these visionary, award-winning plans were established and every 10 years the government must review them to assess their effectiveness…Read More


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