Oshawa MP calls on province to add Carruthers Creek Headwaters to Greenbelt
Oshawa MPP Jennifer French joins local advocates in calling for the source of Carruthers Creek to be added to the Greenbelt.
âThe Ford Conservatives are refusing to listen to the people of Durham calling for the protection of Carruthers Creek Headwaters,â NDP member French said in a statement. Monday statement. âIf we allow Carruthers Headwaters to be paved, we will see the homes of Durham flooded over and over again. “
Lakeridge Health is considering establishing a new hospital in Durham, and a number of municipalities have sought to become its headquarters. The City of Pickering presents a land in its northern end, located on Concession Road 7, near Salem Road.
Lawyers have petitioned against the proposed location, citing its proximity to the sources. âThis land is home to some of Canada’s richest soils, native flora and fauna, vast areas of groundwater recharge, and borders the Greenbelt,â reads Ally Zaheer’s petition. “This area, unlike others, is not designed to support urbanization and does not have the infrastructure to do so.”
Chief Kelly LaRocca of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) spoke. âWe need a balanced approach to development that respects indigenous peoples and lands as well as the environment,â she said in a statement. October 27 statement. âWithout proper consultation and mitigation strategies, we ignore the democratic process, destroy the environment and fail future generations. “
On the same day, provincial NDP leader Andrea Horwath joined Ajax activists in pledging an early election to add sources to the Greenbelt.
French also targeted his Ajax counterpart, who served as environment minister for just under 12 months in 2018 and 2019. “Rod Phillips, the Member of Parliament for Ajax, broke his promise to get there,” she declared. “And today [Monday], Doug Ford’s ministers brushed off our questions and refused to make any commitments.
Phillips replied on Facebook November 10. âOver the past few months, as I knocked on doors and spoke to residents here in Ajax, the flooding issue at the south end of Carruthers Creek has come up a few times,â he said. âI support the idea of ââintegrating the sources of Carruthers Creek into the Greenbelt. I have spoken to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing about the importance of this to our community and I will continue to defend Ajax.
Provincial Leader of the Green Party, Mike Schreiner also called to the source to be added to the Greenbelt. âGiving developers the green light to pave wetlands is a direct invitation to catastrophic flooding,â he said. âThe area is already threatened by flooding and the Carruthers Creek watershed is already under severe pressure. “
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