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NDACT asks Mono to support Greenbelt expansion, ‘Bluebelt’

March 2, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Jasen Obermeyer

The North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce (NDACT) is asking Mono Council and staff to think about not only the province’s greenbelt expansion, but also on water.

At Tuesday’s (Feb. 27) council meeting, councillors and staff heard from Brian Bell, a member of NDACT, discuss the provincial government’s current proposal to expand the Greenbelt.

Dubbed “Bluebelt,” its focus is on water recharge and discharge areas. The province has identified seven study areas, including four in Dufferin County, without defined borders, and is asking for local municipalities on their opinions and to help identify the borders.

“Today we recognize that Ontario is losing 175 acres of prime farmland every day, and that source water areas across the province are in jeopardy from various issues,” said Mr. Bell.

The current Greenbelt was created in 2005 and covers an area from the Niagara Peninsula wrapping north of Toronto to Lake Simcoe and east to north of the Cobourg area, protecting farmland and environmentally sensitive areas including forests, wetlands and watersheds.

Mr. Bell urged council to show support for the Bluebelt and Greenbelt, and show their own report and suggestions. “Tell the province that the concept of a bluebelt is important in principle, and you wish to have the province work with you and the other municipalities on those details and implementations.”

He added that with an ever-increasing population, Mono needs to think about how much food the increasing population will consume, where it comes from, and how much water they need.

“Now is the time to really protect our local food land and water sources, for both our economic benefit, employment, and food security, but also for the future of our children, and our children’s children.”

He told council that “inaction is still a decision” and the deadline to submit comments is March 7.

Councillor Fred Nix thanked Mr. Bell for the presentation, and agrees on the province’s attempts to help define the borders and get input from the municipalities, which needs o be worked out. “I know there may be some rough edges in terms of details.”

Councillor Sharon Martin said they are looking on the impact of Mono and ensure they have a “legacy of being very green.”

Council also heard from Kim Perryman, Mono’s director of recreation, about the town’s upcoming Parkland Needs Study.

Ms. Perryman outlined the launch events the public can attend to hear and discuss the study. The three days are: Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Mono Community Centre; Monday, March 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Monora Park Pavilion, and Monday, March 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., also at the Monora Park Pavilion.

         

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