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Leaside: Act Now on Bill 108

Dear Leasider,

You must be hearing the increasing chorus of opposition to the Ford government cutbacks and changes on a variety of matters affecting Toronto.

One change that especially concerns us is Bill 108: More Homes, More Choice Act, which includes changes to the Planning Act, the Development Charges Act, and the Ontario Heritage Act that:

  • reduce opportunities for public input in local planning decisions
  • reduce the City’s ability to plan for a livable, vibrant community
  • despite the Act’s title, do not in fact create more homes and more choice

We need to tell the the government:

  • NO to returning to the planning tribunal the powers of the former Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)
  • NO to combining development charges (which pay for both hard services required by growth such as sewers and water, but also soft services like child care), Section 37, and Parks levies into one capped charge
  • NO to reducing the planning decision timelines for city review and public comment

These changes clearly benefit developers, not residents. We cannot sit back and accept the loss of our rights — these are not efficiencies. We need a massive outpouring of concern from residents across Toronto and Ontario.

For more details on the impacts on the City of Bill 108 go to toronto.ca/bill108

For the City Planner’s report and slide presentation on the proposed changes, see:

Please call, write or email the following BY JUNE 1, 2019:

The Honourable Doug Ford, MPP
Premier of Ontario
Premier@ontario.ca
doug.ford@pc.ola.org
Constituency Office:
823 Albion Road
Etobicoke, ON M94 1A3
Tel. 416 745-2859

The Honourable Steve Clark, MPP
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
minister.mah@ontario.ca
steve.clark@pc.ola.org
Constituency Office:
Suite 101-100 Strowger Blvd.
Brockville, ON K6V 5J0
Toll-free 1-800 267-4408
Tel. 613 342-9522

Thank you for your support for actions to maintain good planning in our Province.

Regards

Geoff Kettel and Carol Burtin-Fripp
Co-Presidents