Maude Barlow | Water Rights Activist and Author

"Expanding the Greenbelt to better protect our water is a good first step towards building a water future we can look forward to. No longer can we ignore the needs of current and future generations and treat water as an unlimited resource. Ontario has a chance to be a leader in how it protects its water and ensure a healthy future for its citizens and environment."

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Ted Shelegy | Brant County organic farmer, Board Member of the Brant/Hamilton/Halton National Farmers Union, Member of the OFA

"It is important that the Greenbelt be extended to Brant County to protect prime agricultural land which is near major urban markets for farmers.  We have to preserve as much of our natural areas as we can because our whole economy depends upon ground source water and other natural areas to improve our quality of life."

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Dave Neumann | Councillor, former Mayor of Brantford, Former MPP

"It is important for Brantford that there be protection of the Grand River watershed because we take our water from the river. Growing the Greenbelt is one way to improve the quality of water."

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Viviane Wise | Tutela Heights Phelps Road Residents Association

"Expansion of the Greenbelt is an important step towards protecting our water and food supply while ensuring each community contributes to worldwide climate change initiatives.  We urge our Provincial and Municipal politicians to act now to include key areas within the Grand River watershed in the Bluebelt Expansion to protect vital surface and ground water resources from being destroyed by urbanization."

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Ken Greenberg | Urban Planner and Author

"The extension of the Greenbelt into urban river valleys in Toronto and beyond is an important acknowledgement of our interdependence with nature, the fact that we need to grow greener as we become more urban. The ravines – our inverted mountain range - benefit millions of urban residents as they make their way toward the Lake Ontario shoreline. Expanding the Greenbelt will ensure these natural corridors are permanently protected, connecting urban residents seamlessly to the rural landscapes of the Greenbelt. As our regional population grows by 3.5 million over the next 25 years, and we begin to feel the effects of climate change more keenly, the need for such linking natural systems and protected sanctuaries becomes ever more pressing."  

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Dr. Reed Noss | President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science

"The Greenbelt can accomplish more for nature and for the people of southern Ontario if it is expanded and connected to other natural and agricultural lands across a much broader regional landscape." 

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Colleen Jordan | Regional Councillor, Ajax

"The headwaters are the most sensitive water resources, and the most worthy of protection. Ajax is downstream. Anything that happens upstream affects us. If the headwaters of Carruthers Creek aren’t protected, we will be at higher risk of flooding and erosion, and water quality will suffer."

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Mark Mattson | Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

"Great Lakes communities want swimmable drinkable fishable water. Expanding the Greenbelt and prioritizing the protection and preservation of its waterways helps ensure the prosperity of Southern Ontario's environment and economy."  

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