Over the last week I have learned more about the consequences, the implications of Bill 23. More knowledge has only deepened my understanding that it is very bad and regressive. And it has made worse by the announcement to take lands out of the protection of the Greenbelt for development. Of great significance is that actions initiated under Bill 23 cannot be undone; a new subdivision in the once protected countryside cannot be returned to fertile dirt to grow food. The good news is that citizens are speaking up, telling the Province that they must pause and listen to others than the developers and their associations. Here is the media statement from a coalition of farmers, housing advocates, urban planners, environmentalists, labour unions, healthcare workers and community groups from across Ontario. And here is a 7 page report explaining the basis for strongly criticizing Bill 23.
In contrast the Province has never explained the basis for their claim that their proposed policies are necessary in order to build more homes more quickly.
And they have never explained why it is necessary to take land out of the protected countryside and Oak Ridges Moraine. It is important to remeber that the Premier’s housing taskforce reported in February 2022 the following: “A shortage of land isn’t the cause of the problem,” the report continues. “Land is available, both inside the existing built-up areas and on undeveloped land outside greenbelts. We need to make better use of land.” To quote from the coalition’s report: “There is no need to remove 7,400 acres of valuable farmland and natural areas from Greenbelt protection when 88,000 urban acres across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are already primed for development.”
If you want to see this terrible bill and Greenbelt amendments stopped I urge you to contact your MPP. For King Vaughan riding that is Minister Lecce at stephen.le[email protected]. An email to Premier Ford telling him that you are disappointed that he has broken his often said promise to not touch the Greenbelt would be appropriate also.
Finally, you can comment on the Environmental Registry of Ontario prior to November 24 about Bill 23.