TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS Bill 23 will remove protected land from the Greenbelt, allowing wealthy developers to profit by bulldozing over 7,000 acres of farmland;
WHEREAS greenspaces and farmland are what we rely on to grow our food, support natural habitats, prevent flooding, and mitigate future climate disasters;
WHEREAS Ontario loses 319.6 acres of farmland daily to development;
WHEREAS the Government’s Housing Affordability Task Force found there are plenty of places to build homes without destroying the Greenbelt, showcasing that Bill 23 was never about housing but about making the rich richer;
WHEREAS; power of conservation authorities will be taken away, weakening environmental protections, and preventing future development;
THEREFORE, WE THE UNDERSIGNED petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to immediately repeal Bill 23, stop all plans to further remove protected land from the Greenbelt and protect existing farmland in the province by passing the NDP’s Protecting Agricultural Land Act.