Greenbelt – Proposed Expansion (2017/18)

  Proposed Greenbelt Expansion Listed on Ontario’s Environmental Registry (EBR #013-1661) Public comment period until March 7, 2018. Link to: NDACT/Food & Water First’s formal submission (.pdf) Protecting Water Resources by Growing the Greenbelt The Greater Golden Horseshoe is one of North America’s most dynamic and fast- growing regions. It is home to a vibrant economy…

Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe

Also known as “Ontario’s Growth Plan”, the “Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe” sets population location and minimum density targets; mandates mixed housing strategies; and adds a layer of protection to prime farmland, key natural heritage and natural water resources. In an nutshell, the plan states that: growth should occur in existing urban areas…

Expropriation

In feudal England no one owned land except the Crown.  A lord held land from the Crown, subject to certain rights and duties.  So long as the lord performed his duties, he and his heirs continued to hold the land. Following confederation in the British Empire and under British Common Law, the Government of Canada…

Prime Farmland

In the 1960s, the Government of Canada realized the importance of mapping the country for resource management. The resulting Canada Land Inventory (CLI) is a multi-disciplinary land inventory of rural Canada. According to the CLI, there are seven classes of land denoting suitability for agriculture: Class 1 is the most suitable for agriculture; Class 7 is…

Greenbelt

  The Greenbelt Act, 2005 was passed to help shape the future of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) region of Ontario. The GGH is located in the heart of the Great Lakes region. It contains many of Canada’s most ecologically and hydrologically significant natural environments and scenic landscapes, including the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment. These natural areas…

Food & Water First – Talking Points

About Food & Water First Food & Water First is a movement dedicated to protecting Ontario’s prime farmland and source water regions. We are rural and urban citizens who understand that our province’s rare agricultural soils and water resources provide us with a great bounty that must be preserved. We encourage the Ontario government to…

Soil and Us

Do We Appreciate Soil? The earth’s soil provides nearly all of our food, can prevent disease and contains nearly one-third of all living organisms. Soil cleans the water flowing into our rivers and lakes. It absorbs vast quantities of carbon, second only to the oceans. It is interesting to note a mere 0.5 percent of…