Friday, October 25, 2013

Liberal Policy Proposal : Protect the Pickering Lands (#lpc #cdnpoli #NoPickeringAirport)

Excited that the Ajax-Pickering Federal Liberal Association has approved the policy proposal to protect the Pickering Lands.

This policy was developed in consultation with Land Over Landings and is an example of how the Liberal Party develops policy with support from local community groups.

I was happy to play a role in connecting the group with the Liberal Party and having this important group of extremely engaged and passionate citizens' views reflected within the party.

More importantly, this is a first step to protecting important natural and agricultural lands and bringing more attention to an important issue that impacts all Canadians. It's not just about stopping an airport in Pickering; it's about how we as Canadians want to protect our land going forward and how we want our government to engage us on conservation.

The next step is for this to be debated with Central Ontario Liberals on November 2.

I invite all Liberals to consider the importance of this initiative and consider supporting it.

Let's get this to the Convention floor!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Protect the Pickering Lands #onpoli #cdnpoli #NoPickeringAirport

Check out Common Ground, and add your voice to protect the Pickering Lands and say no to Flaherty's Folly International Airport.

The Conservative government in Canada wants to convert over 13,000 acres of prime farm land into an international airport (one that's not needed) and for undisclosed industrial use.

While Common Ground is an initiative of the Ontario Liberal Party, you do not need to be a Liberal or an Ontarian to lend your voice to this important policy proposal.

The text of the proposal is as follows:
WHEREAS the designated lands for development constitute prime Class 1 farmland and are adjacent to an ecologically sensitive urban national park (i.e., the Rouge National Urban Park); 
WHEREAS the loss of over 13,000 acres of prime farmland, the GTA’s healthiest watersheds and freshwater streams, and important natural habitat is indefensible;
WHEREAS a clear business case for an airport or economic zone on the Pickering Lands based on an independent study taking into account all airports available in Southern Ontario has not been established; 
WHEREAS the development of the Pickering Lands as an airport and for industrial use has been strongly opposed by local residents and local representatives for over 40 years;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Ontario Liberal Party opposes the conversion of the Pickering Lands into an airport or economic zone in the absence of a clear business case.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ontario government will recommend to the federal government that lands designated as Moraine lands and all Green belt lands be preserved lands, managed by Parks Canada, and established within an agricultural preserve
The good folks at Land over Landings in conjunction with Green Durham have put together the following video.