Bill 23 – the More Homes Built Faster Act – will erode environmental protections that protect people and communities from flooding.
This is part of the Ford government’s intensifying assault on communities and the lands we steward, with the sole aim of grabbing power and profit for corporate actors in the premier’s inner circle. But everywhere residents and workers are standing up to take community power back!
Flood risks are increasingly real - use the tool below to send a Letter to the Editor and share your Opposition to Bill 23.
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- Bill 23 – More Homes Built Faster – will destroy the farmland and wetlands we depend on for accessible food, drinkable water, and breathable air.
- The Ford government’s new housing legislation tabled last week will repeal no fewer than 36 regulations that give Conservation Authorities oversight over development which were designed to protect Ontarians from catastrophic floods.
- After Hurricane Hazel hit us in 1954, Ontario put in place rules to prevent another disaster. We empowered Conservation Authorities to ensure that we are not building recklessly over the nature that protects us. It makes no sense to put people in harm's way by weakening the ability of Conservation Authorities to protect their homes and communities from flooding.
- The proposals in Bill 23 will remove resident groups right to appeal municipal decisions to rezone farmland for gravel extraction. However, if a municipality says ‘no’ to a rezoning the right of corporations to appeal will be protected.
- Bill 23 hides behind the myth of expanding affordable housing. In fact, there’s already enough land earmarked to meet housing needs for the next 20 years. Just like there’s already at least 13 times more gravel being mined in Ontario than the province uses.
- Ford’s latest legislative onslaught is about taking value out of our communities to generate profit for a few developer friends of Doug Ford.
- The sole aim of the Ford government’s intensifying assault on communities and the lands we steward, is grabbing power and profit for corporate actors in the premier’s inner circle.
- The recent success of the CUPE education workers in making Ford cancel the use of the ‘notwithstanding clause’ and restore their bargaining rights has an important lesson. When people work together to defend their rights – we can win.
- Grassroots groups of residents are on the front lines of ensuring that our children and grandchildren can live in an Ontario that hasn’t been destroyed by reckless and excessive gravel mining.
- It’s time for residents to stand up, and take back community power. It’s time to say ‘no’ to Bill 23
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