Today's Toronto Star reports that Durham Regional Council has sided with the Town of Pickering in refusing to protect the 1,900 hectares of the Duffins-Rouge Agricultural Preserve in accordance with the Greenbelt agreement. Half of the area could end up as suburban housing.
In February, hours after the 720,000-hectare greenbelt became law, Pickering unilaterally removed the easements for $2.5 million in "legal costs" and future considerations of at least $60 million from developers.
Ajax mayor Steve Parish called on Durham council to ask the province to take Pickering to court, but his motion was defeated 18-6. Pickering mayor Dave Ryan claims he opened the door to developers to "control development growth in the future." Ri-i-ight. That's like letting foxes into the henhouse to "control" the foxes' consumption of chicken.
I mean, when you've got bloody Ajax lecturing you on suburban sprawl, you know you're in serious trouble.
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