Ontario Greenbelt

The Collateral Damage of Ontario's Greenbelt

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

There's a growing belief that if left uncontrolled, Canada's expanding cities risk occupying too much space. One of the main voices of this line of thought belongs to Toronto's chief planner who advocates growth boundaries, such as Ontario's Greenbelt, to restrict urban expansion.

Why Going Green Could Put Trudeau In Power

Hassan Arif | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

Justin Trudeau can present a Liberal party that is stridently progressive on environmental and social policy, and on human rights and multiculturalism, while maintaining a strong commitment to entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth.

The Good, the Bad and the Costly: Evaluating the McGuinty Legacy

Steve Lafleur | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

After serving nine years as Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty has stunned the country by announcing his intention to step down as Liberal leader. Regardless of one's opinion of the man, he has arguably had a bigger impact on the province than many of his predecessors. There may be much to criticize in his record, but there is also much to laud. Now is a good time to evaluate some of his bigger legislative initiatives -- good and bad.

How Much Money Is Canada's Nature Worth?

David Suzuki | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Most people understand the concept of financial capital. We pay for things we find valuable. But how much is our natural capital worth? According to the David Suzuki Foundation's research, the 7,000-square-kilometre Ontario Greenbelt provides at least $2.6 billion in non-market benefits each year. We wouldn't let a bank get away with losing our life savings. We shouldn't let decision-makers off the hook when they allow our natural wealth to be squandered.

What Other Cities Can Learn from Toronto's Sprawl

Hassan Arif | Posted 09.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

Toronto's downtown has become an increasingly desirable place to live with a recent RBC-Pembina poll showing that 81 per cent would choose a smaller house if amenities such as shopping and mass transit were accessible by walking and if commutes to work were short. Are there any lessons here for New Brunswick?

Striking an Environmental Balance

Hassan Arif | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

We need a balance between ecology and economics, between the effects of the tar sands and the money it makes. However, this approach does not conform to the narrow and myopic world view of the Harper Conservatives. The Conservative majority rests on less than 40 per cent of the vote, yet for them this justifies demonizing and dismissing the other 60-plus per cent.

That Farmland Could Be Canada's Next Condominium

Shiloh Bouvette | Posted 06.24.2012 | Canada
Shiloh Bouvette

Global trends show a growing number of countries, agribusinesses and large corporations scanning the globe for land purchase. They are not ignoring Canada. If we continue to lose farmland for sprawl and foreign investment, we ignore our future food sovereignty.

Survey Says: Ontarians Love the Greenbelt

Shiloh Bouvette | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Shiloh Bouvette

The biggest bump in Greenbelt approval was on the topic of local food, which is becoming an increasing hot issue in Ontario. This is likely the reason we saw so much public mobilizing around the local food procurement vote in Toronto City Council, as well as the recent success of 'Foodstock.'

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.