Phil Pothen

Ontario Environment Program Manager

Phil is a land use planning and environmental lawyer with a background in landscape ecology, landscape architecture and 10 years of experience advising and representing provincial policy-makers, select small builders, and concerned residents. He joined EDC to advance “big-picture” approaches to problems he has dealt with case-by-case – a comprehensive alternative vision for development and industry that meets people’s needs while preserving Ontario’s natural spaces, farmland and other “greenfields” in perpetuity. Having spent his early summers searching out berries, moose tracks and rabbit burrows in the woods and barrens near his house, he has been pleased to introduce his three children to the many similar pleasures available in Toronto’s own urban ravines.

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Nov 04, 2022

Statement: The Ontario government’s proposed 7,400 acre giveaway to land speculators is a death sentence for the entire Greenbelt

Statement from Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager, Environmental Defence Toronto | Traditional territories of…

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Oct 31, 2022

Ontario’s Housing Bill is Actually a Trojan Horse for Environmentally Catastrophic Rural Sprawl

Statement and Detailed Analysis of Bill 23 from Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager, Environmental Defence…

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Oct 25, 2022

Media Advisory: Phil Pothen, Ontario Environment Program Manager, available for comment and interviews following Minister Clark’s housing related announcements at the Toronto Region Board of Trade

Toronto | Traditional territories of the Huron-Wendat, the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosaunee, Chippewas and the Mississaugas of…

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Sep 15, 2022

Environmental Defence Urges Municipal Candidates to Protect Ontario’s Environment by Building A Lot More Homes in Existing Neighbourhoods 

Homes for 1.4 million more needed in Toronto by 2051, while other communities must quickly…

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Sep 08, 2022

In This Year’s Municipal Election, Densifying Post-WWII Suburbs Is Environmental Priority #1

Sprawl has got to stop, and this fall’s municipal elections are your chance to make…

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Jun 14, 2022

5 Things You Can Do Over the Summer to Protect Ontario’s Environment

In the recent election, a solid majority of Ontarians voted for candidates who promised to…

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May 31, 2022

Ontario Election 2022 Issues Guide: Endangered Species, Conservation Authorities, Aggregates & Water Pollution

For the past four years, Ontarians have witnessed  an unremitting attack on the many of…

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May 31, 2022

Ontario Election 2022 Issue Guide: How Each of the Political Parties Would Tackle Climate Change

As with many environmental issues, when it comes to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas…

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May 20, 2022

Ontario Election 2022 Issue Guide: What will Ontario’s Provincial Political Parties Do to Cancel the Big Sprawl?

As we told you last month, Ontario’s government is poised to lock in 30 years…

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