Developers Pave ALL OUR FOOD Land

August 20, 2008 at 5:01 am Leave a comment

The Ontario government isn’t doing anything to stop greedy developers from paving over all of the food land we have in Ontario or doing enough to save our farmers. Frankly, the government remains in bed with big business. Notice how this issue is receiving so little media attention?

Right now? Developers are suing anyone – environmental groups, city governments, you name it – if they stand in the way of their plans. The province’s Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is pretty much supporting big business as far as anyone can tell. The province is as silent as a lamb.

If we do nothing to protect our land for food – we’ll all be dealing with a hugely expensive food bill in the future (the sort that could bankrupt us all when you add it with lower wages [while CEOs earn 6 digits], inflation, housing and power costs). We’re seeing it everywhere these days with food costs for necessities like milk, bread, corn and anything else that we’re now importing.

A dollar or three extra? The poor can’t afford that. Many middle income families can’t either.

Below, is a small cry of a piece on the whole thing. Gods, lack of vision and leadership and timid media. Doing good just ain’t on the radar of big business or media.

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Province MIA on sprawl
August 08, 2008

Caledon town council is justifiably disappointed with the tepid support from the province in a dispute with a local developer who is threatening the community with a $500 million lawsuit.

Municipalities across Ontario deserve more backing as they struggle to curb urban sprawl by implementing growth management rules set by Queen’s Park. Pressure is particularly high in Caledon, where one developer is intent on building homes for 21,000 people on a 740-hectare tract south of Bolton.

Those plans crashed against a development freeze recently imposed by Caledon. The town council argued that Bolton’s population has already reached 26,500 – a level it wasn’t supposed to hit until 2021. The developer responded by threatening a lawsuit and by launching a local newspaper that pushes a pro-growth agenda.

In the face of that onslaught, Caledon councillors requested a provincial inquiry into rising development pressures faced by municipalities. Queen’s Park declined, with good reason. An inquiry is not really what Caledon and other rapidly growing communities need. They would benefit more from a high-profile government announcement that the province stands in full support of the official plans in Caledon and other municipalities facing development pressure.

Provincial officials insist they are supportive. But the province chose to send two bureaucrats to Caledon’s council meeting earlier this week, just to explain how the provincial rules work. No wonder Caledon residents and councillors felt abandoned.

The interests of all Ontarians would be better served if the province played a more direct role in the fight against sprawl.

http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/474307

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