Greenbelt Coalition

February 03, 2005 11:00 ET

GREENBELT COALITION CALLS BILL 135 AN ENVIRONMENTAL TROJAN HORSE

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 3, 2005) - The Greenbelt Coalition today presented its submission to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario's Standing Committee on General Government, which is currently reviewing Bill 135, The Greenbelt Act, 2004. The Coalition believes that there is much room for improvement in the government's proposed Greenbelt legislation.

"The current legislation however looks very much like an environmental Trojan horse. It may look like a gift that everyone wants but when you look inside, you get more than an undesirable surprise. With the certainty of significant housing price increases and no growth plan, infrastructure plan, transportation plan, economic and social impact assessments, the government's rush to pass its legislation will have negative implications for today and future generations," stated Dr. Frank Clayton, Chair of the Greenbelt Coalition Advisory Council.

"The proposed Greenbelt legislation ignores science, economics, farm viability and the contribution of farmers to the Ontario economy. We support the message of the Greenbelt Coalition - We need to get it right," added Paul Mistele, Vice-President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

Presenting on behalf of the Greenbelt Coalition was Dr. Frank A. Clayton, PhD of President of Clayton Research and Chair of the Greenbelt Coalition Advisory Council, and Tom W. Hilditch, B.Sc. Principal Environmental Management, Stantec Consulting and a member of the Greenbelt Coalition.

For a copy of the Greenbelt Coalition's Submission or for more information about the Greenbelt Coalition, please visit the group's website at www.greenbeltcoalition.org

-30- /For further information: Ralph Capocci, Executive Director, Greenbelt Coalition, (416) 504-BELT (2358) ext. 21 or 1-866-500-BELT (2358) ext. 21 or ralphc@greenbeltcoalition.org/ IN: AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, JUSTICE, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Ralph Capocci, Executive Director, Greenbelt Coalition
    Primary Phone: 416-504-2358 ext. 21
    Secondary Phone: 416-722-2141
    Toll-Free: 866-500-2358
    E-mail: ralphc@greenbeltcoalition.org