When the Greenbelt Plan was released in 2005, its goal of protecting environmentally sensitive lands and farmlands from urban development and sprawl was one of a number of bold moves by the government to come to grips with rapid growth in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Five years on, what has been the impact of permanently protecting prime farmland, forests, wetlands and watersheds? A recent report authored by the Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP) puts the achievement in international perspective and provides a context for answering a variety of important questions, including:
- What can Ontario's Greenbelt learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions?
- What are the opportunities and challenges in changing the form of urban development?
- How can we help ensure the viability of agriculture and viticulture in the Greenbelt?
- What is the rationale for extending the Greenbelt?
Join the Canadian Urban Institute for a celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Greenbelt's creation and a frank panel discussion of critical issues.
Date: Monday, March 1, 2010
Time: 7:45am to 10:00am
Location: University of Toronto's Hart House, Music Room, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto
Fees: CUI Member / Student $32, Non-member $40. No GST applies.
Moderator: Laurie Monsebraaten, Toronto Star
Keynote: Maureen Carter-Whitney, Research Director, CIELAP
Robert Eisenberg, Partner, York Heritage Properties
Debbie Zimmerman, CEO, Grape Growers of Ontario and Regional Councillor, Niagara Region
Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence
Local and sustainable food will be provided by Hart House catering. More details on the event can be found atwww.canurb.com/events.