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News and Opinion

Coverage of greenbelts since October 20, 2023.

Kitchener Centre votes: A closer look at the candidates in Thursday's election Globalnews.ca

"...Global News spoke with three of the four candidates from the parties who hold seats at Queen’s Park in an attempt to provide voters with a small portion of their platform ahead of voting day. NDP candidate Debbie Chapman, Green candidate Aislinn Clancy and Liberal candidate Kelly Steiss were all asked a handful of questions ahead of election day, while PC candidate Rob Elliott was unavailable for an interview. What is the biggest issue facing Kitchener Centre?Chapman said she has been knocking on doors throughout the community and has learned that the cost of rent has been a constant complaint..."

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Doug Ford says he will waive cabinet privilege in RCMP Greenbelt investigation Globalnews.ca

"...Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he will waive cabinet confidentiality giving the RCMP's Greenbelt investigation full access to internal provincial documents..."

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Developer asks for Greenbelt bill amendment; lawyers raise spectre of courts Globalnews.ca

"...The owner of one of the 15 properties removed from the Greenbelt is asking the Ontario government to exclude its plot from a bill to return all that land to the protected area, with lawyers raising the prospect of a constitutional challenge if the legislation passes as is..."

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Brief: Proposal to return lands to the Greenbelt – Greenbelt Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023

"...CELA responds to the province's consultation on restoring lands to the Greenbelt that were removed in December 2022, and associated matters..."

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Doug Ford says public

"...“Do you know why you aren’t hearing from the public? They don’t give two hoots about that. ”The premier then pivoted to talk about the carbon tax, arguing that it was “the number one issue on every poll. ”After a bruising summer, the Ford government has started to take more confidence in polling, pointing to figures that suggest they may have weathered the worst of the Greenbelt crisis..."

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Former housing minister returns to Ontario legislature:

"...Clark resigned after a bruising summer defending the Ford government's Greenbelt scandal after watchdog reports that found the process was rushed, flawed and to the benefit of a few developers. After resigning his post as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on Sept. 4 — a role he had held since 2018 — Clark returned to his riding of Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes..."

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Auditor general to probe Ford government's Ontario Place redevelopment Globalnews.ca

"...The provincial watchdog has confirmed a probe of the Ontario Place redevelopment and the Ontario Science Centre, which is due to move to a new waterfront site. Both will be scrutinized by acting auditor Nick Stavropoulos. “The Office of the Auditor General is conducting audits for both Ontario Place and the Ontario Science Centre,” a spokesperson for the office said in a statement..."

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Ford wedding guests received as many zoning orders as Liberals issued over 15 years: NDP Globalnews.ca

"...The zoning order was granted to a development group called Argo, which the NDP's research shows is associated with Nico Fidani-Diker, who sat at Table 1 during Ford's daughter's wedding. Other MZOs that have raised eyebrows include a warehouse in Caledon bordering Ontario's Greenbelt, a development in an area of Whitchurch-Stouffville with a flood hazard and a separate warehouse on farmland in Vaughan. The Ford government has, so far, resisted criticism of its reliance on the zoning orders..."

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Ontario city seeks inclusion of urban boundary decisions into RCMP Greenbelt probe Globalnews.ca

"...“Not only did they decide they are going to build houses on every single available acre of farmland in the entire city, they also added parts of the Greenbelt, which they said they would not do,” Danko said in November..."

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Former conservative insider brought in to look for Ford government Greenbelt conflicts Globalnews.ca

"...As Premier Doug Ford weathers the Greenbelt scandal and RCMP investigation, his government has turned to a well-known political insider to identify potential conflicts of interest that could land the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party in hot water..."

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Grimsby calls on province to reimburse Greenbelt land swap planning costs

"...In the wake of land being returned to the Greenbelt, the Town of Grimsby and City of Pickering are both looking to the province to pick up the bills for the thousands of dollars lost to planning to rezone the land..."

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Jobs in greenbelts

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

23-057e - Urban Forestry Tree Technician (Full Time)

"...This is technical field work involving the inspection, care and maintenance of trees in municipal parks, greenbelts or other City properties including climbing and removals..."

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21-050e - Urban Forestry Trails Technician

"...This is technical field work involving the inspection, care and maintenance of trails in municipal parks, greenbelts or other City properties..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention greenbelts.

RealAg Radio: Affordability, trade to India, and Doug Ford's apology, Sept 22, 2023

Duration: 55:08

"...Happy Friday! Thanks for tuning into the RealAg Issues Panel on RealAg Radio..."

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RealAg Radio: Building delays, farming in the Greenbelt, and frost dates, August 31, 2023

Duration: 55:05

"...Thanks for tuning in to the Farmer Rapid Fire on RealAg Radio, brought to you by Pioneer Seeds Canada! Host Lyndsey Smith is joined by: Drew Spoelstra of Binbrook, Ont. ; Mark Huston of Chatham-Kent, Ont. ; Jeff Elder of Wawanesa, Man..."

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Ford government backtracks on farmland protection, in apparent bait-and-switch offer

Duration: 8:04

"...Under the guise of solving the housing crisis, Ontario’s premier Doug Ford is moving to develop over 7,000 acres of prime agriculture land in the province’s Greenbelt around the city of Toronto..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about greenbelts.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford stands by housing minister despite calls for firing

"...Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Housing Minister Steve Clark were on damage control duty today, as they were both slammed with questions from reporters about how the process of selling off portions of the Greenbelt to developers could have gone so terribly wrong..."

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What is the Greenbelt?

"...Since 2005, Ontario has designated a swath of waterways, wetlands, farmland, and parks as under the protection of the Greenbelt..."

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What is the Greenbelt?

"...Since 2005, Ontario has designated a swath of waterways, wetlands, farmland, and parks as under the protection of the Greenbelt..."

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Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion releases open letter supporting Greenbelt development

"...Former Mississauga mayor Hazel McCallion, is the first to admit that she has seen a lot in her day - and in the letter, the long time politician says building homes on the Greenbelt is the next logical move if the province is to combat affordability..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about greenbelts relevant to the latest news.

Bioaccumulation of potentially toxic elements by indigenous and exotic trees growing around a copper leaching plant in Mufulira

"...This study presents new insights into improving the management of polluted environments through biomonitoring and bioaccumulation of PTEs which can guide the selection of appropriate species for greenbelts in industrial areas..."

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Hope and reality of new towns under greenbelt regulation: The case of self-containment or transit-oriented metropolises of the f

"...A new town's self-containment under greenbelt regulations is a planner's hope modelled after Howard's historical proposal..."

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Statistical index (SI) as spatial modeling to evaluate the potential for greenbelt development in medium-sized Iranian cities

"...The present paper addresses spatial modeling for an easy and effective way to evaluate the greenbelt potentials in medium-sized cities in Iran..."

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Assessment of Air Pollution Tolerance Index (APTI) and Anticipated Performance Index (API) of Roadside Plants for the Developme

"...The aim of the present study is to biomonitor the tolerance level of roadside plant species towards mitigation of air pollution for the development of greenbelt..."

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Effect of biochar addition on sludge aerobic composting and greenbelt utilization

"...In this study, autocontrol composting reactors were constructed and the effects of different B concentrations on nutrient transformation and morphological changes of heavy metals in sewage sludge–corn cob (C) aerobic composting were carried out..."

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Multi-criteria modeling for land suitability evaluation of the urban greenbelts in Iran

"..., elevation, slope, soil, land use, land cover, agriculture, precipitation, river and road networks, and settlement sprawl) to evaluate greenbelt suitability..."

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Ecological Land Suitability for Arid Region at River Basin Scale: Framework and Application Based on Minmum Cumulative Resistan

"...As an important and typical arid inland region in China, Shiyang River Basin plays an important role in maintaining the sustainable development of eco-environment, whose ecological land suitability restricts the development of the local human activities..."

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Evaluation and Potential Uses of Site Investigation Soil Contamination Data Submitted to Uk Local Government

"...This research investigates whether this largely untapped resource of site investigation data can be used to improve understanding of potentially toxic elements (PTE) and persistent organic pollutants (POP) at a local scale..."

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Greenbelt conservation as a component of ecosystem, ecological benefits and management services: evidence from Peshawar City, P

"...The percentage swift urban sprawl and commercialization are the main causes of greenbelt deterioration and uplift of urban property costs..."

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