Growing the Greenbelt 2021 Webinar


A free webinar will be hosted by the Ontario Headwaters Institute to learn about responding to the Environmental Registry of Ontario request for feedback on ways to grow the size of the Greenbelt. Submissions must be made by April 19, 2021

This webinar, part of Growing the Greenbelt 2021: REGIONAL RESILIENCE will feature insight from professional planner and Greenbelt educator Susan Lloyd Swail speaking on ‘The Consultation and its Six Questions’.

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 7 – 8:15 p.m. ET
Registration is required

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Protecting Ontario’s Environmental Future


What’s next after the gutting of the Conservation Authorities?

On December 8th, the provincial government passed a law making big changes to the way Conservation Authorities operate, handing major environmental planning decisions over to the government – and their developer friends.

But these huge and damaging changes were just the latest in a long string of attacks on Ontario’s environment, such as reduced protection for endangered species, planning an unnecessary highway through farmland and a portion of the Greenbelt, weakening climate action plans and approving developments on protected wetlands. Together it paints a very clear picture of who benefits: developers.

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Ontario’s Model for Biodiversity Conservation


Ontario Headwaters, along with 6 partners is offering a Biodiversity webinar from 7 – 8:25 p.m. Wednesday October 28. Steve Hounsell, chair of the Ontario Biodiversity Council, holds that “The conservation of biodiversity, the variety of life on Earth, is foundational to our pursuit of a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future. It is also vital for clean air, healthy waters and a stable climate. Yet we seldom connect the dots”.

This presentation will orient participants to the Ontario Biodiversity Council: how it works, its notable accomplishments, priority actions moving forward, and how organizations and the public can participate in efforts to protect biodiversity.

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Webinar: Environmental Assessment is Not Red Tape

Fall scene

The Ontario government has recently made sweeping changes to environmental assessment (EA) law in Ontario, ending long-standing public safeguards designed to protect the environment and our health. These changes have serious and alarming impacts for Ontarians: not only do they restrict the applicability of EA processes to new projects and developments, but they also increase uncertainty about how new projects will be reviewed.

In response, the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) will be hosting a free one-hour primer on October 22, 2020, from 1-2 p.m.

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Main Street Action Week

Main Street

As part of the Bring Back Main Street research and action campaign, the Canadian Urban Institute is offering a week of free deep-dive technical briefings and workshops on revitalizing Canada’s main streets after COVID-19.

The harsh reality is that COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on our main streets. Many small businesses, for example, have already been lost, and more will continue to close permanently in the coming days, weeks, and months. We need bold action right now. Sign up for the webinars.

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