Simcoe County Hopes To Join The Greenbelt



Published October 19, 2016, in the Barrie Examiner

"SPRINGWATER TWP. – In Simcoe County, we see water everywhere and believe we have an abundance of the precious resource.

Margaret Prophet of the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition would like to burst that bubble with a loud pop.

“The idea that our water is plentiful and secure is a myth,” Prophet told a group of about 30 people gathered at the Midhurst United Church Wednesday morning.

A panel of half-a-dozen interested parties, including the founder of Ontario Farmland Preservation, Bernard Pope, Tottenham mother Nancy McBride, who’s concerned about the quality of her tap water, Becky Big Canoe on the band council of the Chippewas of Georgina Island and environmentalist Bob Bowles spoke at the symposium.

With a pre-recorded video from former Toronto mayor David Crombie, the group is one of 30 across Ontario calling on the province to protect the greenbelt, which includes the Oak Ridges Moraine in the Greater Toronto Area, and add Simcoe County to those protected lands.

The idea is to create a bluebell of protected lands around the existing greenbelt that would protect the source of drinking water for 1.25 million residents, as well as supporting agriculture economies."

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