Residents of Cambridge are being asked to join concerned citizens across Ontario this Saturday for a province-wide Day of Action to Save the Greenbelt.
Earlier this month, Premier Doug Ford announced plans to open up 2.7 million acres of protected land surrounding the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area for development.
The sweeping changes proposed in the omnibus Bill 23 will override provincial planning policies and housing regulations with a goal of building 1.5 million new homes by 2031.
On Saturday, responding to a call to action by Ontario Greens leader Mike Schreiner, groups will fan out in almost 30 cities and towns across the province – from Ottawa to Windsor and as far north as Thunder Bay – engaging local residents and gathering signatures on a petition opposing the government’s Greenbelt plan.
“We can address the deepening housing affordability crisis without destroying the places we love, the farmland that feeds us, and the nature that protects us,” said Schreiner in a press release.
“On Saturday, citizens across the province will be sending a clear message to Premier Ford: the Greenbelt isn’t his to give away to land speculators and developers. It belongs to all of us, and it’s ours to pass on to future generations.”
In Cambridge, volunteers who want to take part in the Day of Action are asked to meet at Stewart Avenue Public School at 1 p.m. Nov. 26.
For more information or to reach a Day of Action organizer in Hamilton, contact [email protected].