Dear Friends of the Concord West Greenspace and the Bartley Smith Greenway,
Once again, in this ongoing fight to save the Concord West Greenspace, we must urgently ask for your help, as we launch yet another email campaign, this time directed to Premier McGuinty and the Ontario Legislature. On March 22nd and 24th, MPP Peter Shurman read in Parliament a petition (bearing 1229 signatures) appealing to the Ontario government to order the immediate transfer of the title of our greenspace from the Ontario Realty Corporation to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. This transfer would allow the Concord West residents to protect this land, which is ecologically part of the Bartley-Smith Greenway natural heritage system, and implement for its preservation the responsible stewardship solutions for which they have been pressing during a 16-year campaign. It is in garnering support for this petition from members of the Legislature that we need your help.
With the invaluable help of our friends the Richmond Hill Naturalists, we have set up an email interface at
You can either send the form letter you’ll find there, or compose your own message to the Province. It will only take a few minutes and, if enough of you will take the time to send your message in, it just may make the critical difference.
The email interface will automatically sign your letter with the name and address you provide at the bottom of the form. Please don’t hesitate to add a title, or job title, to your name. The Province should know we come from all walks of life, but still have a common determination to preserve our rapidly vanishing greenways.
When the letter is sent successfully through the interface, your browser will change to a “Thank you” page. If this does not happen, look for error messages at the bottom of the email form. And if there are none, simply press the “Send” button again.
Please share our urgent appeal for support – through email, web or social media – with all your friends and contacts who are concerned with the continuing loss and fragmentation of our natural heritage lands and degradation of our threatened river systems, endorsed on all levels of government. We have also created a downloadable leaflet soliciting participation in this campaign; the leaflet is intended to be printed and distributed or displayed, and we would be delighted if you can make use of it. This may be our last chance to try to save, not only the land itself, which is a natural component of the Bartley-Smith Greenway, but the many living things – some belonging to endangered species – that make their homes there, rely on this greenspace for their survival, or make use of it as a critical staging area for their migrations.
Updates on our battle to Save Concord West may be found at –
Today it is Concord West, but tomorrow it may well be that ravine or greenway you have come to love – and assume will always be there – which may covertly become doomed to disappear at the stroke of some distant planner’s pen. And with the sham procedures for “public input”, it is likely you will never learn of it until it is well underway and thousands of tax dollars have been spent. And existing legislation will allow you, and your community, nothing more than a few brief minutes, in an otherworldly municipal or regional council, to publicly (and politely) ‘vent’ your anger. Is this acceptable to you? If it is not, then please help us bring forward a strong message that it is not acceptable to destroy communities at the stroke of a pen, while effectively muzzling them through labyrinthic bureaucratic protocols, accessible only through impossibly vigilant monitoring of obscure governmental/P3 channels in the new development game, which its new illuminati know only too well how to use to dispose of our natural heritage areas and their struggling wildlife populations. To make matters worse, disposing of them is called ‘responsible planning’ and ‘sustainable development’, as if they were so many irksome mounds of garbage on the road to “progress”. These ever more slick and ‘smart’ marketing slogans have proved to be effective tools for garnering votes, stifling opposition and pushing development agendas forward; but the reality, on the ground, in our communities, is just plain wanton destruction. A hub can be relocated. A greenway that has been left for generations as a relatively undisturbed critical remnant of natural habitat, can not.