Ontario election: Doug Ford’s poor record on the environment and climate change

The government’s environmental credentials, notably its recent investments in “greening” the steel sector and in electric vehicle manufacturing, have figured prominently in Premier Doug Ford government’s advertising campaigns prior to the election.

This focus comes as something of a surprise to those familiar with the Ford government’s record on environmental issues, which has moved the province’s approach to environmental problems backwards by half a century or more. Article by Mark Winfield, York University

Kanata North tech park to lose talent if golf course razed for homes

The Speak Up for Greenspace presentation hosted by the Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition and KNBA, sent a strong message that the tech business park must protect green space to keep its competitive edge.  “Do not screw this up.” Was the mantra of the evening, spoken repeatedly by legendary tech entrepreneur Terry Matthews and later echoed by others during a 90-minute presentation Tuesday at the Hub350 RBCx Finance Quarter to emphasize the importance of keeping developers away from the Kanata Golf and Country Club. More >>>

Curry Motion asks Ontario to Provide Ottawa with the Level of Support Provided to Oakville in Resolving the Unwanted Clublink Glen Abbey Development

The KGPC wants to thank Mayor Watson, Councillor Cathy Curry and full Council for unanimously passing a motion asking the Government of Ontario to provide the City of Ottawa on behalf of our Kanata community the level of support provided to the Oakville community in resolving the unwanted ClubLink – Glen Abbey development proposal in 2021. More >>

Kanata Residents are Fuming over OLT Decision and Secret Deal with Glen Abbey

Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook residents want answers following these latest setbacks for preserving Kanata’s greenspace. More>>>

We Are Taking the Fight to ClubLink

The Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition is taking ClubLink Corporation to court, to stop the destruction of 175 acres of green and open space in the heart of the Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook neighbourhoods. More >>>

Watch the Recording of Our Greenspace Townhall Feb 23


We have posted the complete proceedings of our  virtual Townhall on February 23rd. There was a lot of valuable information regarding our fight with ClubLink. Full details here >>>

City of Ottawa Seeks Supreme Court Date On Kanata Golf Course

This is a release from the City of Ottawa, sent on behalf of David White, City Solicitor to the Mayor and Members of Council, in which he discusses the Superior Court ruling with respect to the validity of certain provisions of the “40% Percent Agreement” in respect of the Kanata Lakes Golf and Country Club. Read more

THE FIGHT TO SAVE OUR GREENSPACE ISN’T OVER

The Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition is deeply disappointed and frustrated by today’s decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal.  However, our resolve remains steadfast to continue to defend our 175 acres of green and open space.  KGPC Chair Barbara Ramsay, “we won’t stop until the green heart of Kanata (the Kanata Lakes Golf Club lands and Trillium Woods) is finally safe. We knew this was going to be a long haul and we aren’t giving up. It’s truly disappointing that Clublink Corporation and local developers Minto Communities and Richcraft Homes continue to push this destructive plan.  We’ll continue to pursue all avenues to stop them." Read More

Fall Fundraiser

On Tuesday, November 2 we will be at the Brookstreet Hotel for our Fall for Greenspace event.  You’ll be served a 3 course feast prepared by Chef Lyness and his team while toe-tapping to the live music of Ottawa’s pop power duo Beats ’n Keys along with a few surprises. Tickets are available online.

The 40% Agreement is Valid!

The Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition is overjoyed by Ontario Superior Court Justice Marc Labrosse’s decision to uphold the 40% Agreement.  His decision states, “The 1981 Agreement continues to be a valid and binding contract and ss. 5(4) and 9 are not void as contrary to the rule against perpetuities.” As well, he concludes that should the land be turned over to the City of Ottawa at some point, it can be used for park and recreational purposes beyond a golf course. More >>>

Video of Golf lands showing Issues

Planning committee rejects Kanata golf course redevelopment

City staff reject proposed changes to Kanata Golf and Country Club

MEDIA ADVISORY - CITY STAFF RECOMMEND SHELVING CLUBLINK PLAN

The Message in Loud and Clear; but Developers are not Listening

The Importance Of Liveable Neighbourhoods

We did some Fact Checking

On the Kanatapossibilities web site there is a process which ClubLink has prepared which misrepresents the facts.

 

Terry Matthews says, "Greenspace, it is like a magnet."

Real Estate Presentation from Our Meeting

BREAKING: ClubLink submits controversial application to pave over much of Kanata golf course

 

eNews – Facts You Need and Our Next Steps

The situation is just not as bleak as media reporting began to sound on Friday.  We’re writing today with a step by step review of where the community really sits after the Court of Appeal decision.  Your team at the Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition  (lawyers and all) has been working through the weekend, setting our next steps in motion for the coming week, and reassessing our short and medium term plans given Friday’s decision.Continue reading

eNews – Time for Thanksgiving

While everyone continues to wait for the 40% Agreement decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal, we’re keeping busy on your behalf.   Our experts will work throughout October on their written opinions in advance of the October 29 submission deadline for the January Ontario Land Tribuna (OLT) hearing.Continue reading

eNews – Answers to all Your Questions

We have been holding off on this e-News waiting for something to break free on the legal flank of the ClubLink issue.  Still no news from the Ontario Court of Appeal to derail ClubLink, Minto and Richcraft once and for all.  In the meantime, we need to stay vigilant on their latest push on the planning side and cover other good news too.Continue reading

TAKING THE FIGHT TO CLUBLINK

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The Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition is taking ClubLink Corporation to court, to stop the destruction of 175 acres of green and open space in the heart of the Kanata Lakes and Beaverbrook neighbourhoods.

Today, KGPC lawyers will file a notice of application in Ontario Superior Court to stop the development of the Kanata Golf Course lands.  The application seeks to have the court declare that two Restrictive Covenants are enforceable and thereby limit how the land can be used.

The first, is a Restrictive Covenant about the preservation of Greenspace due to the 40% Principle.  It states that forty percent of the original development area, which includes the golf course and Trillium Woods, remain as greenspace.  The KGPC is taking ClubLink to court to enforce the 40% Principle, as the Ontario Court of Appeal decision only dealt with the City of Ottawa’s ability to have the land conveyed to it.

The second, is a restrictive covenant concerning Stormwater Management that stems from an agreement ClubLink signed when it acquired the Kanata Golf Course lands in November 1996.  It specifically restricts the (re)grading of the land and the altering of its inherent Stormwater Management function.

“We’re asking the court to enforce both Restrictive Covenants and declare that ClubLink’s proposed development breaches one or both of the restrictive covenants.  This would prevent them from proceeding with this development and protect our precious greenspace,” says KGPC Chair Barbara Ramsay.

The KGPC will host a Help Save Our Greenspace virtual town hall on Wednesday, February 23rd at 7pm to update our supporters on the legal and planning aspects of our fight.

Event details and YouTube LiveStream link

KGPC Chair Barbara Ramsay is available for comment.

 

Contact: KGPC Chair, Barbara Ramsay at 613-725-6595 or chair@ourkanatagreenspace.ca

 

The Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition is a not-for-profit corporation, focused on increasing public awareness about the importance of greenspace preservation.  Our goal is to raise funds and public support for the City of Ottawa efforts to ensure that the 40% Agreement is enforced.

eNews – More on the ClubLink Appeal

We have a couple of updates in the fight to Save our Greenspace.  In our last e-news we told you about ClubLink’s costs submission to the court claiming $50,000 due from the Coalition citing our misguided efforts as an intervenor at the 40PA hearing.  They suggested we unnecessarily increased their costs while failing to contribute to the positive solution of the case for the City among other things. 
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