On June 11th, our own Jane Fogal received the Ontario Nature's Public Service Award! Her work inspired both the Stop Sprawl Hamilton and Stop Sprawl Halton movements. Without her, thousands of acres of prime agricultural farmland would have been lost to development. Jane has decided to retire from official public service, but we anticipate that she will remain active in the sustainability movement that has taken root in Southern Ontario. Congratulations Jane!
Loss of farmland is not sustainable - 319 acres of farmland is being lost every day according to the latest Census of Agriculture, almost double the 175 acres documented in the 2016 Census. Toronto Star contributor Peggy Brekveld, President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and owner/operator of her family's dairy farm near Thunder Bay shares her concerns. - See the full Toronto Star op-ed here
Not only does suburban sprawl not pay for itself, it will further worsen the already-devastating impacts of climate change, Jane Jenner and Amy Schnurr write.
From the Hamilton Spectator, Op Ed, by Jane Jenner & Amy Schnurr
HALTON, Jan 26 -- This morning, Ontario Greens leader Mike Schreiner held a virtual news conference to call on Halton to say no to a proposal to pave over 5,000 acres of prime agricultural farmland.
“Urban sprawl is not the solution to the housing crisis,’ Schreiner said. “It’s expensive, terrible for the environment, and destroys farmland and wetlands. No one wants to have an unaffordable lifestyle where they’re forced to commute hours just to find an affordable place to live.”