KAWARTHA LAKES-The OPP has issued a very short statement on an investigation into the sale of land in the Greenbelt.
In 2022 the Ontario government announced it intended to sell 7,400 acres from the edge of the Greenbelt area. At the same time, they were proposing to add an additional 9,400 acres to the Greenbelt, including a portion of the Paris Galt Moraine and 13 urban river valleys in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Environmentalists and some residents opposed the move and called for an investigation.
The OPP announced today it would not be leading an investigation, saying:
“The OPP has received a number of inquiries regarding an investigation into the Greenbelt.
To avoid any potential perceived conflict of interest, the OPP referred this matter to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
In order to protect the integrity of the process, it would not be appropriate to provide any further comment.
Questions should be directed to the RCMP.”
Almost 55,000 people have signed an online petition against the plan on Change.org.
“The Ford Government is looking at opening up greenbelt land in Ontario in Pickering, Vaughn, Richmond Hill, King Township, Stouffville, Markham, Ajax and Clarington. We need to protect all greenbelt land.” says the petition. “The Ontario government announced a 30-day consultation on removing 2995 hectares across 10 municipalities in the Greenbelt which were created to be permanently protected as of 2005. This needs to be stopped immediately and we need to protect our land.”