Advocacy in Action

Category: News
on 11 May 2018

At BurlingtonGreen, we want YOU to have your say when it comes to important environmental issues in Burlington. We are always seeking support for a number of different advocacy initiatives, which is why we have created this page to act as a 'one-stop' for all up-to-date advocacy-related information and calls to action to help you get involved and stay informed.

Here are some of the issues we are working on.....

1. Burlington Council Adopts New Official PlanTransit quote
Burlington City Council adopted Grow Bold: Burlington’s new Official Plan. A report recommending adoption of the plan was presented at a meeting of the Planning and Development Committee on April 24, 25 and 26, followed by a special meeting of City Council on April 26. Following adoption by City Council, the new Official Plan is now subject to review and approval by Halton Region. Revisions to policies in the new Official Plan are currently being made by city staff before the Official Plan is sent to Halton Region. BurlingtonGreen continues to advocate for tree and green space protection policies, an integrated transportation plan, and the advancement of smart communities.
BurlingtonGreen has provided input at various stages of public consultation and voiced concern about environmental protection policies in the proposed Official Plan. We also delegated to Council on February 27 on the importance of integrated policies that advance the development of smart and complete communities. Click here for our delegation presentation, and here for our address to Council..

We also delegated to Council on February 27 on the importance of integrated policies that advance the development of smart and complete communities. Click here for our delegation presentation, and here for our address to Council.

2. Greenbelt Under Threat!  Greenbelt
According to Environmental Defence Canada's latest blog about this issue, sprawl developers and speculators are pushing to open up Ontario’s Greenbelt to allow housing to be built on it. Chipping away or destroying the Greenbelt by building new subdivisions on it would be a serious and costly mistake. Since its inception 12 years ago, farmland in the Greenbelt has stopped disappearing, and important natural areas are protected. No farmland in the Greenbelt was lost to development between 2005-2014. This means we all get more local food and we have forests, wetlands and fields to filter our water and provide places to interact with nature. However, outside the Greenbelt, 7,500 hectares of farmland in the GGH was lost to urban expansion between 2005-2014.

Opening up the Greenbelt will not make housing more affordable. There isn’t a housing supply issue, there is more than enough land already designated in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) for housing until 2031 and beyond. The issue is housing cost and proximity of houses to jobs. Building on the Greenbelt does not address this issue, and it brings many challenges. Expanding development in the Greenbelt will require extending infrastructure like pipes, highways and public transit to ever distant places which will incur debt that ultimately ends up coming out of taxpayer’s pockets.

Polling shows that Greenbelt protection is supported by over 89 per cent of the Ontario population. The Greenbelt has protected 1.8 million acres of farmland, local food supplies, the headwaters of our rivers and important forests and wildlife habitat for over 12 years.

CALL TO ACTION! Tell your local MPP that you value the Greenbelt and do not want to see it open to development and housing.

Protect trees community too4. Stand tall! The proposed Private Property Tree Bylaw Pilot was deferred again. BurlingtonGreen has long advocated for a private tree bylaw in Burlington that provides a balance between allowing for the reasonable use and enjoyment of private property while addressing public and environmental concerns about tree cutting and the need to protect trees citywide. We are still chipping away at trying to convince Burlington's Councillors to get on the right side of tree protection for our City. Many of our neighbouring and province-wide communities have had established tree protection policies and laws in place for years, and it's long overdue that we follow suit. We will continue to speak up sharing our solution-focused voice on this important issue and hope that YOU will too.

Tell the Mayor and Councillors that you value Burlington's trees and support the establishment of a practical, effective private property tree bylaw for Burlington. Click here to connect with Council and have your say!                                                                                                                                                                        

5. Every Canadian deserves the right to a healthy environment.
Learn more about how the Blue Dot movement is shaping the way Canadians think about environmental rights, and sign the pledge today, asking all levels of government to recognize our right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food.

6. Help preserve green space in Burlington! Sign the petition.Green space poster image
We are closely following the Waterfront Hotel redevelopment, advocating for redevelopment that incorporates sustainable design principles, ensuring that surrounding eco-systems are not threatened. A Burlington citizens’ group called Plan B has formed to not only voice its concerns over the redevelopment, but to also share its vision for an alternative proposal.

7. Have Your Say! Moving Canada Toward Zero Plastic Waste Provide your input.
Share your ideas about how Canada can reduce plastic waste and marine litter, and help develop a federal-provincial-territorial approach to keep plastic within the economy and out of landfills and the environment.

If there is a local environmental issue that concerns you that requires immediate attention, please let us know. Or, if you are someone with an interest in environmental issues who likes to follow local politics, we can use your help and invite you to learn more about our volunteer Advocacy Team here.

Learn more about our advocacy program by visiting our Greenprint for the Future and Advocacy pages.

Together we make a difference for a more sustainable future.