Sponsored by Niagara’s Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society – Thursday, March 22nd at 7 P.M. in St. Catharines/Niagara – Mark It Down On Your Calendar!
An Invite to All from the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society in Niagara, Ontario
Posted March 8th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
The Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS) invites the public to hear an epic story of farmland preservation in Pickering, from Mary Delaney, Chair of the Land Over Landings Group in Pickering , at its 42nd Annual General Meeting on Thursday March 22nd ,7 p.m. Unitarian Congregation Hall 223 Church Street St. Catharines .
As Mary notes , “Almost half a century ago the Federal Government expropriated 18,600 acres of prime farmland next to Toronto for an airport — an airport that was never built.”
“On that day the longest continuous protest movement in the history of Canada was born, as the citizens of Pickering rose up to fight for their own government for their farms and communities.”
“Three and half years later People or Planes successfully forced the government to shelve the airport — but the Land was never returned, zoned forever, it would seem, for an airport and development. Over the next decades the roller coaster campaign continued as POP evolved into Land Over Landings in the new century.”
With a powerful power point featuring archival images, Mary Delaney, Chair of Land Over Landings, will bring this alternately tragic and inspiring story to the public at PALS’ AGM, sharing these grassroots advocates’ tremendous successes, and their exciting vision for a future on the Lands.
Learn more about the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS) by clicking on – http://members.becon.org/~pals/index.html .
A Brief Footnote from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – We in Niagara who want to do whatever we can as citizens to save what is left of our agricultural lands and other green spaces, like the Thundering Waters Forest in Niagara Falls (just as one example), could likely get a lot of inspiration and good tips on what to do from listing to what Mary Delaney of Land Over Landings has to say.
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