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English translation of 'L’autre Mirabel'. News article from Marc Godbout of Radio Canada. Released October 12, 2022
We have submitted comments on proposed changes during Durham Region’s Official Plan Review. We cheered plans to protect three important farming areas as Prime Agricultural Areas under the Province’s Agricultural Mapping System. We also called for the Region to eliminate several wrongheaded exclusions:
• The “Pickering airport lands.” The Province has rightly identified them as a Prime Agricultural Area.
• Rouge National Urban Park’s farm areas. National parks aren’t excluded by the Province so why should they be excluded by the Region?
• Rural Pickering areas called “Major Open Space” – a designation based on false premises. The sought-after “greater variety of economic uses” already exists as “On-Farm Diversified Uses.” No need for Pickering or the Region to create redundant designations.
We backed up our arguments with facts and sources. It’s time the Region listened.
Charting a New Path: Coalition of Advocates Pressing Feds to Release Pickering Federal Lands for Park – Matt Durnan
Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis GTHA, Vol. 25, No. 13, Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
Those who support an airport in Pickering – and this small but vocal crowd includes local politicians and general aviation pilots – insist on repeating a Big Lie: that KPMG “determined that the GTA would need a new airport by 2036.” The KPMG report did not say this. Here's what it did say.
As part of the Durham Region Municipal Comprehensive Review, we responded to the following sections of the Proposed Policy Directions report of March 2021:
• Prosperous Economy (4. Proposed Direction: Pickering Federal Airport Lands, p. 19)
• Healthy Communities (6. Proposed Direction: Greenhouse Gas Reduction, p. 24; and 8. Proposed Direction: Air Quality, p. 28)
• Vital Urban System (52. Proposed Direction: Settlement Area Boundary Expansion, p. 94)
• Thriving Rural System (54. Proposed Direction: Goals for a Thriving Rural System, p. 99)
Our submission was endorsed by: Ontario Nature, York Region Environmental Alliance, Pickering Naturalists, North Durham Nature and Environmental Action Now Ajax-Pickering.