A just recovery
for Simcoe County

Solutions for a Simcoe County that is fair, sustainable, and resilient.

Invest in People

Create conditions to generate and support local, sustainable, secure jobs.

Invest in Nature

Recognize the role that ecosystems play in supporting our long term health.

Invest in Communities

Seek and facilitate community engagement.

Posts

Our posts include press releases and media statements, as well as in-depth explorations of the recommendations made under each of the principles in detail. These will continue to be updated over time, so make sure to check back!

Picture of a treed shoreline in winter with a frozen lake in front of it. Photo by Kayvan Mazhar.
Nature

Ontario’s New Approach to Forest Management

It is almost unbelievable that Ontario’s forest environment is being set back by decades and sadly with permanent and irreversible damage to the future of a truly sustainable forest, that serves all people, provides the biodiversity we need to protect our health, and protects us from the ravages of climate change. While a few people will benefit greatly from these recent changes, Ontarians will pay a dreadful price for this government’s regressive approach to our environment and our home.

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Three women sitting around a large conference table with laptops open in front of them Photo by Christina Wocintechchat.
Planning

Defunding Police to Invest in People

As we all take unprecedented measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we can’t lose sight of an equally urgent public health crisis: climate change.

Climate change has serious consequences for our mental and physical health and, just like COVID, some already-disadvantaged populations are hit harder through no fault of their own. This was one of the most valuable lessons from the pandemic along with:  we all can and must take action toward the common good, our health is tied to that of others, and governments can act swiftly in the face of crisis.  These are all applicable to climate solutions.

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Climate Change

The Health Crisis of Climate Change

As we all take unprecedented measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, we can’t lose sight of an equally urgent public health crisis: climate change.

Climate change has serious consequences for our mental and physical health and, just like COVID, some already-disadvantaged populations are hit harder through no fault of their own. This was one of the most valuable lessons from the pandemic along with:  we all can and must take action toward the common good, our health is tied to that of others, and governments can act swiftly in the face of crisis.  These are all applicable to climate solutions.

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Photo of the edge of a roof with the tops of solar panels showing. Photo by Scott Webb.
Economy

We have one chance to get recovery right

The pandemic made it clear that we need a more resilient and comprehensive public health care system. Governments must make investments that will keep all of us safe, make life affordable, and ensure everyone has access to the health care they need.

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Planning

Which road forward for Simcoe County?

The City of Barrie’s Draft Official Plan has set an unambitious goal of 20% forest cover by 2041. For reference, Toronto’s target is 40%. With land at a premium, growth on the rise, and trees being removed to accommodate that growth, are we even going to be able to replace what is being lost, much less increase our cover?

Planting trees is indisputably one of the more important actions we can take in the fight against climate change. The federal government has committed to planting billions of trees in the coming years. But will any of those trees be planted in urban centres like Barrie? Probably not.

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Green Infrastructure

Death by a 1000 cuts. Is it possible to increase tree cover in Barrie?

The City of Barrie’s Draft Official Plan has set an unambitious goal of 20% forest cover by 2041. For reference, Toronto’s target is 40%. With land at a premium, growth on the rise, and trees being removed to accommodate that growth, are we even going to be able to replace what is being lost, much less increase our cover?

Planting trees is indisputably one of the more important actions we can take in the fight against climate change. The federal government has committed to planting billions of trees in the coming years. But will any of those trees be planted in urban centres like Barrie? Probably not.

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Our Principles

Invest in People

Prioritize the health and wellbeing of people, ensuring that government, whether municipal, provincial, or federal, acts on behalf of the public interest. 

Government needs to re-establish its role as guarantor of the public interest. This means advancing the interests to benefit the public good when dealing with private interests, and actively promoting transparency and accountability in all decision making.

Invest in Nature

Nature provides the foundation for all that we do.

Ensuring there is a balance in our relationship with nature, that we don’t use more than can be replenished, means that our communities, our economy, our society, can be sustained into the future. 

Investing in a healthy environment is leaving a legacy we can be proud of for future generations.

Invest in Communities

Our communities are where we find meaning and a sense of self in relation to others and the world around us.

Fostering a sense of community helps to weave threads of connection between individuals, drawing out points of commonality, as well as enabling recognition and understanding of the ways in which we are unique, along with the skills, insights, and experiences we are able to offer.

Help create a just and sustainable future.

If you’d like to be a part of this initiative, or have comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.