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Protect the land to protect our water

Humber River; Credit: Gary J Wood CC BY-SA 2.0

Humber River; Credit: Gary J. Wood CC BY-SA 2.0

World Water Day offers us a chance to reflect on our connection to water and how we can best protect it. Across the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), expanding urban footprints are threatening lands that filter water, control flooding and recharge aquifers. By guiding development in existing urban centres and protecting natural features, we can protect the source of drinking water for millions of residents. “Grow the Greenbelt to protect vulnerable water supplies” has become a rallying cry for the more than 35,000 Ontarians who wrote to the provincial government demanding greater protection for their water.

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The year ahead

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Wood turtle; Credit: David Coulson

We had a banner year for nature thanks to the strong support of our members, sponsors, friends and followers. Now we’re looking ahead! Here’s a sneak peak at some of the work we’ll be doing for nature in 2017.

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Reflecting back on 2016

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Photo top left, credit: David Coulson; top/bottom right, credit: Diana Troya

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re thinking back to some of our major accomplishments for nature this past year. We could not have done it without our members, friends, followers, funders and sponsors. With your support, we continue to be Ontario’s leading organization protecting Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces.

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Betrayed (yet again) Ontario unravels Greenbelt protection for species at risk

Part 3 of a 3 part blog series about the Province’s failure to uphold strong protections for our most vulnerable plants and animals.

monarch butterfly at Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve, Credit: Noah Cole

monarch butterfly at Malcolm Bluff Shores Nature Reserve, Credit: Noah Cole

When we celebrated the passing of Ontario’s new Endangered Species Act (ESA) back in 2007, I could never have imagined that it might serve as a Trojan horse for development. Yet that is exactly what may happen. Alas, our tarnished and tattered ESA may open the door to development in the habitat of species at risk in the Greenbelt.

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A Wellington County Odyssey

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Elora Gorge; Credit: David Coulson

Walk along the trails of Rockwood Conservation Area or paddle the Eramosa River and the story of our geological past unfolds.

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Greenbelt hanging in the balance

Add your voice to grow the Greenbelt and stop decades-old sprawl

Last Chance to Defend the Greater Golden Horseshoe

This petition is now closed.

End date: Oct 31, 2016

Signatures collected: 2252

Signature goal: 800

2,252 signatures

Now is our final chance to tell the Ontario government to take the lead to protect the water, nature and communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). Important decisions will be made in the coming months. Add your voice by telling the government you want a stronger landscape, stronger laws and a stronger legacy for this region.

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Greenbelt expansion is a legacy achievement – but it needs to be bigger and bolder

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On Tuesday, I headed to Mississauga’s Credit River for the government’s announcement on their proposed amendments to the plans that protect the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, and Niagara Escarpment, and guide growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH).

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For our Water – It’s time to protect Ontario’s Bluebelt!

Cook’s Bay in Simcoe County, CREDIT: Joe Mabel

Cook’s Bay in Simcoe County, CREDIT: Joe Mabel

The momentum that’s building around growing the Greenbelt (#GrowOurGB) couldn’t come at a better time. The provincial government is currently discussing where and by how much our Greenbelt will grow.

Last week, I attended a meeting in Barrie where 150+ people had gathered to discuss Greenbelt growth in Simcoe County. The event, Bluebelt/Greenbelt: Simcoe’s Watershed Moment had a palpable energy as the newly formed Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition brought together community members, local experts, farmers and elected officials representing all levels of government. The motivating discussion focused on how the Greenbelt can help protect valuable water resources – a unifying issue for a community that is so deeply connected to Lake Simcoe.

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