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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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Stand up for the Greenbelt and stop sprawl for good!

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An aerial perspective overlooking the Oak Ridges Moraine, Credit: Bill Lishman

Sign the Petition

Decisions on the future of the Greenbelt are about to be made

The Premier and Cabinet are about to make final decisions on the updated Oak Ridges Moraine, Greenbelt, Niagara Escarpment and Growth Plans. They have a big choice to make: protect water sources, sensitive natural areas, and farmland in and around the Greenbelt or allow developers to pave over these areas for years to come.

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This Thanksgiving

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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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Reflecting back on 2015

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Reflecting back
As 2015 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on 12 key things that we have accomplished for nature this past year. Thank you to all of our friends, followers, members, funders and sponsors. Without your support, we could not protect Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces.

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Public participation in coordinated plan review

Waterfall in Caledon area. Credit: Tim Hagen

Waterfall in Caledon area. Credit: Tim Hagen

The coordinated review of the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) is now underway. A major component of the review is a series of government-hosted public meetings.

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The moraine’s marvellous seasons

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A black-capped chickadee perches on maple boughs, above the Oak Ridges Moraine’s mature pines at the Rice Lake Conservation Area.

The Oak Ridges Moraine is a fantastic place to explore in every season. With more than 50 parks, trails and protected areas across the moraine there are plenty of places to find serenity, explore and observe nature. More than 1,200 animal and plant species can be found on the Oak Ridges Moraine, including more than 75 species-at-risk.

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Contaminated soil on moraine

Oak Ridges Moraine Credit: Peter Pomykacz

This blog is the part of a series that celebrates the Oak Ridges Moraine and engages readers in the review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. Learn more about the moraine and plan review by visiting marvellousmoraine.ca.

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