Speak out on Bill 66 – An Oakville Call to Action

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We need YOU to share your voice to protect the environment around us!

Please read on and find out why Oakvillegreen is asking for your help to oppose a new bill being brought forward by the provincial government.

Bill 66 is proposed legislation that spells devastating consequences for our Greenbelt, watersheds, farmland and wildlife, by rolling back decades of environmental protection acts, eliminating public input, and designing a process with NO notice and NO chance for appeal.

We want to have this bill stopped.

Visit the Stopbill66.ca for more information on the legislation.

What you can do:

  1. Sign the Petition at EnvironmentalDefense.ca
  2. Email, write or phone your MPP

Tell your MPP and Premier Ford to keep their campaign promise to NOT allow development on the Greenbelt or water protection areas and Stop Bill 66. (MPP contact information is included below)

  1. Register your opposition at the Ontario Environmental Registry (click here). The Ontario government is collecting public feedback on Bill 66. The deadline to collect public opinion is January 20, but Queen’s Park returns on Feb 19th so continue to send your feedback.
  2. Stay tuned by signing up for our newsletter www.Oakvillegreen.org for your chance to join an information rally.

The Issue

The provincial government has proposed Bill 66, called the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, under the premise of “reducing red tape” for businesses seeking planning approvals and increasing employment. The fact is, similar to all other GTA regions, 46% of Halton Region’s land is already dedicated to employment lands. That’s 2,588 hectares of vacant land prime for employment opportunities right here in Halton. There is no need to allow developers and industry to sidestep essential public health and environmental laws and to pave over the Greenbelt. It simply is NOT necessary.

Schedule 10 of the proposed legislation includes amendments which would override critical water, agricultural and environmental protections, without requiring municipalities to provide notice or public hearings. It opens up the Greenbelt for unnecessary factory, retail and residential development: A developer’s dream. It lets corporations ignore drinking water protection rules, and guts the laws that help industry reduce the release of toxic chemicals.

The legislation would undermine decades of non-partisan work to safeguard our environment, and the health of communities across Ontario. This “red tape” that the government keeps referring to are the vital regulations set out in the Planning Act, the Greenbelt Act, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, the Great Lakes Protection Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act, the Clean Water Act and more.

Bill 66 would allow development to go forward with NO public notice, NO public consultation and NO ability to appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal.

Worst of all, Bill 66 will override any municipal Official Plans.

It’s hard to believe that despite how far we’ve come in understanding the value and importance of the environment around us, our provincial government is putting money in company pockets with disregard to our communal health and environmental prosperity.

Our municipalities are standing strong

Thankfully, many municipalities, including the Town of Oakville, are denouncing Bill 66 and the Schedule 10 provision, saying they already have plenty of surplus land zoned for employment and development, that they won’t sacrifice our natural ecosystems and environmental health, and that they value citizen input.

This is NOT about affordable housing. This is NOT about job creation. This is NOT about “red tape”.

 According to Environmental Defense:

We don’t need to develop the Greenbelt in order to have places to build new factories and homes. Government data shows that there is more than enough land designated for development within existing cities and towns to accommodate the expected population growth until 2041. And building houses on farmland in the Greenbelt doesn’t provide the affordable housing we need.

Despite the short timeline left for comment, Oakvillegreen has banded with over 20 groups and thousands of Ontarians to oppose the ravages of Bill 66.

The Bill goes too far, threatening valuable greenspace, farmland, and groundwater and encourages urban sprawl while making developers rich.

JOIN US. Voice your OPPOSITION to Bill 66 and Schedule 10.

MPP Contact information:

MPP Stephen Crawford (Oakville)

stephen.crawford@pc.ola.org

Constituency: Unit 1, 74 Rebecca St.,Oakville, ON, L6K 1J2

Tel: 905-827-5141

Queen’s Park: Room 271, Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON, M7A 1A8

Tel:  416-326-7323

MPP Effie J. Triantafilopoulos (Oakville North—Burlington)

effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola.org

Constituency: Unit 570, 2525 Old Bronte Rd., Oakville, ON, L6M 4J2

Tel:  905-220-8448

Ministry: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Hepburn Block, 11th Floor, 80 Grosvenor St., Toronto, ON M7A 2C4

Tel: 416-327-4300

Hon. Rod Philips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

rod.phillips@pc.ola.org

Ministry: Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Ferguson Block, 11th Floor, 77 Wellesley St. W., Toronto, ON, M7A 2T5

Hon. Doug Ford, Premier, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs

doug.ford@pc.ola.org

Ministry: Premier’s Office

Room 281, Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON,  M7A 1A1

Tel:  416-325-1941