Oshawa MPP and the Ontario Inexperienced Get together chairman are actually urging the province to guard the headwaters of Carruthers Creek
More and more politicians are calling on the province to protect the Carruthers Creek Headwaters by adding them to the Greenbelt.
In a statement on Monday November 15, Oshawa MPP Jennifer French said, despite her party’s urging, Prime Minister Doug Ford’s ministers had rejected questions on the matter and refused to make any commitments.
“The Ford Conservatives are refusing to listen to the Durham people who are calling for the Carruthers Creek Headwaters to be protected,” French said.
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has pledged to add Carruthers Creek’s Headwaters to the green belt if elected in 2022.
“Carruthers Creek needs to be protected and added to the green belt,” said Mike Schreiner, chairman of the Ontario Green Party on Tuesday, November 16.
Development could take place in the country if Lakeridge Health selects Pickering, which has proposed an upstream location, as the host community for its next Durham hospital. Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa all submitted proposals.
Ajax is downstream from the Carruthers Creek Headwaters, and French said the previous Liberal government had decided to exclude the Carruthers Creek Headwaters from the green belt despite the dangerous risk of flooding.
“In 2018, Rod Phillips promised to change that – but even during his tenure as Environment Secretary from 2018 to 2019, he didn’t,” she said.
Phillips recently brought up the matter and stated on a social media post: “I want to share on Facebook what I said on the doors: I support the idea of putting the Carruthers Creek Headwaters in the green belt.”
French said the headwaters must now be protected.
“Doug Ford should commit today to adding Carruthers Creek Headwaters to the green belt,” said French.
The Scugog Island First Nations Mississaugas have also denounced Pickering’s proposal.