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Ontario Liberal housing plan put land speculators on notice

The Ontario Liberals have announced their plan to make housing more affordable and available to both renters and home buyers – a key component of the party’s bold vision for Ontario, A Place to Grow. The comprehensive plan includes nearly forty policies that will make buying, renting, and living in a home easier and more affordable.

“Safe and affordable housing demands a bold and unified vision from all levels of government,” says Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte Ontario Liberal candidate Jeff Lehman. “Our plan will ensure we not only build 1.5 million homes to increase supply now, but will work with local partners to ensure Ontarians have the choice to live where they want to build their life, while staying closer to their community.”

The Ontario Liberal plan will build 1.5 million homes, including truly affordable homes like new social and supportive housing for people who need it. To help double the pace of home building, the Liberal plan will create a new Ontario Home Building Corporation (OHBC) to finance and build new, affordable homes.

This OHBC will work with local communities, as well as not-for-profit and private housing partners to build and maintain affordable homes of all types, either as a primary financing source or builder. Any homes sold by the OHBC will be available only to first-time home buyers, and any proceeds will go directly back into creating more affordable homes. The OHBC will have a mandate to immediately address the housing affordability crisis, cooling the market by ensuring homes – including affordable public homes – are built rapidly.

Ontario Liberals’ comprehensive housing plan to double the pace of home building will also empower local governments to build more homes. As an important step toward zoning reform, an Ontario Liberal government will work quickly, together with municipal partners to allow homes with up to three units and two storeys to be built as-of-right across our province – with this permission also extending to secondary and laneway suites. For more information on the Ontario Liberal Platform, please visit: https://ontarioliberal.ca/platform/

The Liberal plan for housing affordability will also:

  • Ban new non-resident ownership and put a tax on empty homes;
  • Introduce “use it or lose it” levies on speculators sitting on serviced land who have

approved building permits, and use the funds generated to get more affordable housing


  • Bring back rent control to all homes across Ontario;
  • Enforce larger fines for persistently negligent landlords;
  • Regulate home inspectors and make home inspections a legal right;
  • Ensure buyers are refunded sooner for cancelled housing projects, with significantly higher interest rates on lost deposits.


Schreiner announces Ontario Greens’ Local Food & Farming Strategy for a More Affordable and Climate-ready Province

Today, Leader Mike Schreiner announced the Ontario Greens’ Local Food & Farming Strategy for a more affordable and climate-ready province. Schreiner was joined virtually by Dr. Ralph Martin, sustainable food expert and former professor at the University of Guelph.

Under the strategy, Ontario Greens will:

  1. Immediately cancel all plans for Highway 413 which will pave over 2,000 acres of prime farmland and unleash sprawl on even more farmland
  2. Introduce a mandatory and enforceable Grocery Code of Conduct to clamp down on predatory pricing by powerful grocery chains and protect local farmers and consumers
  3. Permanently protect prime farmland, including a freeze on urban boundaries, to prevent prime farmland from being lost to non-agricultural use, such as urban sprawl, highways, and gravel mining
  4. Move class 1 and 2 soils from the Whitebelt to the Greenbelt
  5. Support local farmers, value-added on farm production, food hubs, wholesale markets, farmers markets, local processing facilities and local food supply chains
  6. Provide financial support for sustainable farmers to help local producers prepare for the future, including $1 billion for regenerative agriculture and environmental services, and $250 million to increase the Risk Management Program to improve financial security for farmers

“Doug Ford’s sprawl agenda is paving over the farmland that feeds us, putting Ontario’s food security at risk and threatening the province’s $50 billion food and farming sector that employs over 875,000 people,” Schreiner stated. “This will only make grocery bills even more expensive.”

Ontario is losing farmland at an alarming rate of 175 acres a day due to sprawl — that’s the equivalent of 5 family farms per week.

Farmers are on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Climate-fuelled extreme weather like flooding, droughts, heatwaves and storms are presenting significant challenges for family farms across the province.

“As the climate emergency worsens, we have to support local food and farming,” Schreiner said. “Or life will get even more expensive and the economy will take a big hit. We desperately need to support local food and farmers so our grocery bills aren’t at the mercy of geopolitics and global supply chains.”

“Greens are the only party with new solutions to support local farmers, the agri-food economy, and address the skyrocketing price of groceries. We have the leadership to deliver on a more affordable, healthy, prosperous climate-ready Ontario.”


A Tiny Senior Moment

By Marilyn Hughes, Volunteer Writer

Senior Advisory Committee-Township of Tiny

In these times of conducting so much of our business online and requests to provide our personal details, have you wondered how you can protect your personal information from Identify Theft?  The upcoming Coffee and Connect workshop on May 31st will be discussing this topic.  It is being held at the Wyebridge Community Centre from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Refreshments are provided as well. If you don’t have a device, you can request a loaner iPad. If needed, transportation is available through Community Reach and can be requested upon sign-up. To register, contact Lisa at 705-529-1789 or email seniors@tiny.ca.

June is Parks, Recreation and Seniors’ Month and there is much to celebrate! On June 1st you can participate in person at the 2022 Accessibility and Senior Symposium at the Township of Tiny Community Centre (91 Concession Rd. 8 E).  This event is being held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a boxed lunch.  The agenda will include many interesting topics such as, Tiny’s Local Aging Plan annual update, Accessibility and Independent Living information as well as the 2021 Senior of The Year Award.  There will be will an opportunity to connect with other seniors and have some fun. This event is hosted by the Township of Tiny, the Senior Advisory, and Accessibility Advisory Committees.  Be sure to put this event on your calendar.  Registration is required as follows: by phone 705-526-4204 ext. 3, by emailing seniors@tiny.ca , or online at www.tiny.ca/events/senior-symposium.

Make your opinion count!  The Township of Tiny is seeking input from the public, particularly from persons with disabilities, as it relates to access to municipal beaches, parks, and trails.  Take the survey, which closes June 1st, on the Accessibility Advisory Committee page at www.tiny.ca/accessibility2022.  On June 2nd participate in a virtual public consultation meeting about proposed accessibility changes to several parks in Tiny. It will be held at 3:00 p.m. prior to the Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting. More details can be found at www.tiny.ca/news. If you wish to attend to learn more and/or provide your input, contact Laura Russell, Deputy Clerk, at lrussell@tiny.ca or 705-526-4204, ext. 229, by Friday, May 27, 2022. Additionally, you can provide written comments to lrussell@tiny.ca or by mail to the Township of Tiny, 130 Balm Beach Road West, Tiny, ON, L0L 2J0.

We all know that exercise benefits us in so many ways, not only for a healthy body but good mental health, so get your shoes on and discover the benefits of Nordixx Pole Walking on June 9th.  You can learn about the benefits and proper use of walking poles.  Participants can bring their own poles; however, poles can be provided if needed.  This activity is being held at Wye Marsh from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  More details are provided on the Township’s events calendar.  Pre-registration is required as follows: online at www.wyemarsh.com/pole-walking, by phone 705-526-7809 or email info@wyemarsh.com.  In addition, Tiny is offering several other activities throughout the summer including Pickleball, Shuffleboard and the Women’s Cooperative Art Circle.  If interested in any of these activities, please contact Emma Clench at eclench@tiny.ca, or call 705-526-4204 ext. 250.

On June 17th, the annual Mayors Charity Golf Tournament is being at Orr Lake Golf Club with all proceeds going to many worthwhile charities.  Whether you would like to join in the fun of competing, donate or bid on silent auction items, please access the site online at www.tiny.ca/events/golf, or contact jjosiah@tiny.ca, or call 705-526-4204 ext. 288.

Ongoing programs:

Communications: A great way to keep informed on what’s happening in the municipality is through TinyConnect. You can receive information via text, email, voice or TTY/TDD. There are several ways to register and receive updates, such as online at www.tinyconnect.ca, or phone 705-526-4204 ext. 301.

Transportation:  CT Link – a community transportation service for Simcoe residents for medical (priority) and other appointments within Simcoe County and other destinations. If wheelchair assistance is required, advise when booking. To request this service, go online to ctlink.ca or Dial 211 for assistance.  Access to transportation is also available through Community Reach and can be requested by phone at 705-528-6999, or email information@communityreach.ca.

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” Leo Tolstoy


Local Immigration Partnership shows support for Operation Ukrainian Safe Haven

Midhurst/May 20, 2022 – The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership is pleased to show its support for Operation Ukrainian Safe Haven through a series of Information Sessions. The information sessions for community organizations and volunteers will discuss existing community resources and supports, as well as challenges and opportunities.

The online information sessions will be offered on May 26th and June 2nd. Details for participants are listed below.


Date   Thursday, May 26, 2022

Time   2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location        online

Details           Participants may register by e-mailing sclip@simcoe.ca to receive the meeting link


Date   Thursday, June 2, 2022

Time   6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location        online

Details           Participants may register by e-mailing sclip@simcoe.ca to receive the meeting link

About the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership

The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2011 and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The Partnership Council is comprised of numerous community leaders, including representatives from education, policing, libraries, economic development, health, housing family counselling and supports, employment services, settlement services, government, and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. Visit immigration.simcoe.ca for more information



Ford government promises ‘working group’ will continue meetings after election

The Ford government has invited representatives of the gravel mining and cement industries to

attend a private virtual meeting on Earth Day (Friday, April 22) to discuss the “challenges and/or

barriers that the aggregate industry continues to face.” (See Agenda: Aggregate Industry Check-


This private meeting is happening as more municipalities pass resolutions endorsing a

moratorium, a temporary pause, on all new gravel mining approvals in Ontario, proposed by the

Reform Gravel Mining Coalition.

Municipalities, who have a number of concerns with gravel mining that the Ontario government

has so far failed to address, are not invited to participate in the so-called ‘Working Group’.

Municipalities have important concerns about gravel mining that require urgent attention

including unjustified low property tax assessments, the lack of municipal control over the

impacts these sites have, and now the prospect that gravel mines may become large scale soil


“One of the first things the Ford government did was to hold a ‘secret summit’ in the spring of

2019 with the gravel mining industry.” said Graham Flint, spokesperson with the Reform Gravel

Mining Coalition, “That meeting was the start of a number of changes requested by the

industry, such as the limiting of the role of Conservation Authorities, the erosion of the

Endangered Species Act, and removal of some of the few tools municipalities had to deal with

gravel mining in their jurisdictions.

“A new round of concessions to the gravel mining industry could further endanger groundwater,

farmland, wetlands and the natural environment. A moratorium on new gravel mining

approvals is necessary to stop the ‘behind closed door relationship’ between the industry and

this government, and start an independent review process that includes municipalities, affected

communities, Indigenous Nations and independent scientists and experts” added Flint.

The invitation to attend the working group was circulated by Andrew Ogilivie

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