Greenbelt

Are We Paving Over Our Natural Wealth?

David Suzuki | Posted 04.22.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

If we value local food and want to maintain the critical benefits that nature provides, we must put food and water first. That's why we're calling on municipalities and provincial governments to redouble their efforts to protect our remaining farmland and green space from costly, polluting urban sprawl.

Suburbs: Nowhere to Grow but Up

Steve Lafleur | Posted 05.15.2012 | Canada
Steve Lafleur

Newmarket is one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario. Unfortunately, they've now run out of room to grow. Like many other cities, it has no choice but to grow upwards. The trouble is that some local residents are resisting high-density development. What they don't realize is that thanks to the provincial government, they don't have a choice in the matter.

Ups and Downs: An Update on the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan

Claire Malcolmson | Posted 02.11.2012 | Canada
Claire Malcolmson

Lake Simcoe's water quality has improved since the 1990s due to a huge amount of work and restoration, but we are no longer seeing much in the way of improvement. We have already picked the low-hanging fruit -- the work we need to do in the future is going to be more expensive and harder to do.

Tomorrow, Vote for Penelope's Future

Rick J. Smith | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada
Rick J. Smith

As you may have seen, we've employed some creative tactics to draw attention to environmental choices in tomorrow's provincial election in Ontario. Ou...

Ontario's Growth Plan Is Working, But Not Well Enough

Claire Malcolmson | Posted 10.27.2011 | Canada
Claire Malcolmson

The lack of affordable housing in Toronto drives demand for suburban housing and this threatens the implementation of the Growth Plan. To prevent social and environmental collapse, we need to link sprawl-related environmental issues with affordability.

Local Food System Needs Leadership, Not Penny-Pinching

Shiloh Bouvette | Posted 09.26.2011 | Canada Politics
Shiloh Bouvette

The mayor of Canada's largest city is in cost-cutting mode and a local food policy, originally passed in 2008, has just escaped the chopping block. Well almost. As many locavores will tell you, there is the price on the grocery receipt and there are the costs that we pay elsewhere -- the hospital bills, the environmental debt and the money farmers pay out of their own pockets to stay afloat.

A New Kind of NIMBY: Nature in My Backyard

David Suzuki | Posted 08.09.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

Although NIMBYism can arise out of fear of something different in a community, it can also be the result of genuine concern for the local environment. I'd like to propose a new kind of NIMBY: Let's go green and say yes to Nature in My Backyard.