Growing Our Greenbelt Campaign Update! May 2017

Spring is finally here, and we’ve been busy building support for more water protection and a bigger, better Greenbelt! Here are some updates from the #GrowOurGB campaign.

We have now collected 12,500 petitions to Premier Wynne and her Cabinet calling on them to grow the Greenbelt and protect farmland and natural areas by putting an end to inefficient urban sprawl. This is a fantastic response and demonstrates how much support is out there for growing the Greenbelt.

12,500 Ontarians support growing #ONGreenbelt! Sign the petition to help reach 15,000 #ONpoli #LandUseON #GrowOurGB

12,500 people have signed our petition to protect our clean drinking water and grow the Greenbelt. Help us get to 15,000!

In April we received our first 1,000 ‘Protect our Water: Grow our Greenbelt’ lawn signs. These are now being distributed to residents in Simcoe, Waterloo, Wellington and Brant County. Contact your local group to show your support and get one for your front lawn!

Events

On April 5th, 30 farmers and residents gathered in Brant for a forum on “Tools for Protecting and Accessing Farmland,” hosted by the Langford Conservancy. Speakers from the Ontario Farmland Trust, Ontario Greenbelt Alliance, Rare Charitable Reserve and others spoke on topics ranging from the Greenbelt, land protection, and accessing land as a new or young farmer.

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Langford Conservancy Forum on “Tools for Protecting and Accessing Farmland”

On Monday, June 5, in Bradford Ontario, the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition will be hosting a talk on ‘Farming and Ontario’s Greenbelt” by Professor Wayne Caldwell. He is a recognized expert in agriculture and rural planning, and will be discussing his research and ideas for improving farming viability in and around the Greenbelt. There will be a special introduction from King Councillor and Holland Marsh grower Avia Eek. For more details and to RSVP, click here: http://www.simcoecountygreenbelt.ca/calendar

On Sunday June 11th, 12-5 pm at the Erin Fall Fairgrounds, the Wellington Water Watchers and Riverfest Elora presents Waterstock! After 10 years of diligent work to protect source water in Ontario, Waterstock is the rallying point to send a strong message to Premier Wynne to protect our water against corporate control and exploitation. Inspired by the Foodstock and Soupstock events, Waterstock promises to be a bold, impactful, and historic day full of artisanal food and beverage, music, artistic displays and thousands of supporters uniting to stop the privatization of water. Waterstock will be a tipping point, a ‘watershed’ moment, that will demonstrate broad and far-reaching support for the “Water for Life not Profit” campaign.

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