Provincial Bridge Station TOC Proposal

Markham Civic Centre

Markham will be holding a Special Development Services Committee meeting on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 7 p.m. to present the proposal for the Provincial Bridge Station Transit Oriented Community (TOC).

Members of the public may watch and listen to the livestream at and have the option to attend either in-person in the Council Chamber at the Markham Civic Centre or remotely via Zoom.

If you would like to speak at the meeting, please complete a Request to Speak Form. If you do not have access to email, contact the Clerk’s office at 905.479.7760 on the day of the meeting.

Members of the public may submit a written deputation by email to no later than 5 p.m. on May 25, 2022.

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Emergency in Ontario

Emergency in Ontario - Rally May 14, 2022

Join the Rally for Communities, Climate & Nature – May 14, 2022, Queen’s Park

Ontario’s environment is under threat.

Greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise again, protections for nature are being dismantled, and mega projects are encroaching on communities.;

This spring we have a chance to choose another path – one that prioritizes people and the planet.

In the lead up to the provincial election, show your support for a flourishing, low-carbon Ontario that offers good green jobs, prioritizes our collective health, and respects Indigenous rights.

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Don’t let the provincial government pave our future

Highway 400 & Finch

Ontario’s election is coming up fast, and at stake is the future we want for our communities.

Former Mayor of Toronto and Greenbelt Council chair David Crombie, and the Friends of the Greater Golden Horseshoe invite you to join them on April 20th at 7 p.m. for an online Call to Action to save – not pave – Ontario’s future.

In the lively discussion you’ll see a compelling array of speakers, and learn more about why highway-based sprawl sacrifices our future – and what we can do to stop it.

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Training Organizers to Build Movements

Olivia Chow Webinar - people

Olivia Chow, of the Institute for Change Leaders

A series of two webinars:

March 31, 1-2 p.m. and April 7, 1-2 p.m.
Series Cost: $50

Do you have a desire to step up and fight for a better, fairer, more just world?
The Institute for Change Leaders (ICL) teaches the skills that organizers, activists and campaigners need to win social change. The core curriculum comes from Marshall Ganz, a Harvard professor who codified the relationship-building organizational framework they teach. The fundamentals of community organizing focuses on five key leadership practices: telling stories, building relationships, structuring teams, strategizing, and acting.

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Southern Ontario Growth Conference

Oakville, Ontario

Your voice needs to be heard. Get access to resources to help.

Many municipalities are trying to understand how to best integrate climate change into their municipal decision-making process, such as in the development of their official plan. Because plans for growth and infrastructure have far-reaching impacts on climate change, municipalities are seeking additional guidance to better understand how to integrate into practice various, seemingly competing, priorities.

With official plans currently being finalized, the goal of this conference is to lift up the voices of experts, organizations, individuals and community groups that may not readily have the ear of elected officials and municipal planners.

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Boards and Bylaws

ONCA webinar

Special Webinar on ONCA Changes – Feb. 16, 2022

Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) was proclaimed on October 19th, 2021. Nonprofits have 3 years to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. This webinar will walk through what is new in the ONCA, steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA, and how CLEO’s free resources can help you create ONCA compliant bylaws from scratch or adapt your current bylaws.

FoNTRA in conjunction with the Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods is hosting a webinar on ONCA featuring Benjamin Miller from CLEO. Invitations to this session will be extended also to all residents’ associations in the GTA. To learn more about the ONCA visit Nonprofit Law Ontario

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The Peoples’ Summit

Thunder Bay

Canada has pledged to meet a target of conserving 30% of its lands and oceans by 2030 (the 30 x 30 commitment). US President Biden made this commitment in one of his early executive actions. Québec and California are ahead in delivering on the promise of 30×30. Ontario currently sits at 10.7%.

The Peoples’ Summit will showcase and celebrate efforts to protect special places in Ontario.

Getting to 30% requires leadership from of all of us: Indigenous Nations, environmental organizations, communities, municipalities, conservation authorities, progressive industry, land trusts and more.

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Your Protected Places Webinar

canoe on lake - Derek Sutton

Join Ontario Nature on May 27th for an informative discussion about expanding Ontario’s protected areas. During the Your Protected Places webinar, we will consider emerging opportunities and unveil a collective StoryMap showcasing special places across the province that people would like to permanently set aside from development for future generations. 

Though the Government of Ontario recently announced its intention to protect more natural areas, it provided no public process for offering input on where or how protected areas should be established. To raise awareness and open up the conversation, Ontario Nature, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Wilderness Committee, the Carolinian Canada Coalition, CPAWS-Ottawa Valley and Environmental Defence have invited people from across the province to contribute candidates for the Your Protected Places StoryMap. 

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Highway 413 Webinar

Stop the 413

Environmental Defence hosted a Highway 413 Webinair on March 23 focused on how the highway will impact Caledon and what we can do about it. If you weren’t able to join, the information is available to watch again on YouTube.

Watch the Highway 413 Caledon community discussion here.

Do you want to take action to stop Highway 413 from ripping through our farmland, communities and river valleys? There’s so much you can do to make your voice heard:

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