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Lake Simcoe Under Pressure Report

Despite commitments to improve the health of Lake Simcoe this government is poised to make decisions that would set us back decades and risk losing the billion dollars worth of ecosystem services, including cleaning the air and water, that the lake provides each year.

Issues Map

Dig into where issues are happening with our Issues Map.

Know of an issue that you don’t see included? We’ve got a submission form just for that!

Photo of a young woman, holding a sign showing the earth on fire, at a climate demonstration. Credit Gabriel Mccallin.
Youth

The View From Inside: status quo squabbles or a participatory politics?

Let’s cut right to it – now that the pandemic is beginning to come to a close, now is the time to jump into action and demand the world we want. Covid-19 put a lot of things on hold, put a lot of us into limbo. Now is when we plan. Now is when we act. Now is when our desire and need for change come into bloom – with the Earth lending us the energy of summer to do it!

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Protect Lake Simcoe
Despite commitments to improve the health of Lake Simcoe this government is poised to make decisions that would set us back decades and risk losing the lake's billion dollar ecosystem services.
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Grow the Greenbelt
Protecting our natural heritage while building communities responsibly is smart and ensures a healthy and sustainable future for Ontario.
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Support a Just Recovery from COVID-19
Crisis is also an opportunity. We can build back better, but, unless we stand together, politicians will support the broken status quo.
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Help us fight MZO requests.
Send a message to your council and MPP, and report MZOs in your community.
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Photo of a highway bridge. Credit Ajai Arif.
Planning

The Bradford Bypass – Clearing the Air

There are a lot of misconceptions, myths, and misunderstandings regarding the role that highways and cars play in our economy, and the impact they have on our environment and communities. Many of these are coming to the fore with the Bradford Bypass. Here we address some of them.

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Aerial photo of an empty parking lot. Credit Anita Denunzio.
Planning

Sprawl and Ontario’s Greenbelt

We’ve been dealing with losing our natural spaces and farmland to sprawl in this region for a long time. It’s been the main way we’ve grown our communities for decades, and we continue to do so, even though it’s outdated and extremely wasteful, today.

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Photo of flooding. Credit Nazrin B-va.
Climate Change

The Greenbelt and Climate Change

Many people know the Greenbelt as a place that protects farmland and preserves green spaces. To many it is seen as a last refuge of vast tracts of land that allow for recreational activities and local food production.

However, the Greenbelt, by preserving those lands, provides services to our communities essentially without charge.

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Arial view of suburban sprawl. Credit Blake Wheeler.
Featured

The New Growth Plan Puts Sprawl Over All

We can no longer treat land use as its own issue, nor can we always assume that growth is always a net benefit to our communities. This is simply not true. We can grow our communities in ways that provide affordable housing, protect our natural spaces and water and aspire to create healthy, vibrant centres where people can live and work.

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Our Mission

We believe a healthy environment is critical to Simcoe County’s future.

Farmland, water and natural heritage are key components of a healthy environment and thriving economy, and need better protection.

We are calling for the expansion of the Greenbelt to Simcoe County, so that current and future generations can benefit from clean water, local food and green spaces.