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July 15, 2013
Salewsky calls for parkland, not high-rises, for Mimico waterfront
Toronto – Green Party candidate for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Angela Salewsky, is pledging to preserve green space and parkland in Mimico.
Salewsky is supporting community groups in Mimico who are calling on Toronto City Council to revise the Mimico Secondary Plan.
“People in Mimico need and want more green space,” says Salewsky. “The priority for the waterfront should be public access to parkland, not more high-rise condos.”
The Mimico Community has an online Petition ‒ CodeBlueWestTO.com ‒ that has garnered more than 1,110 signatures against high-rises on the waterfront. The petition calls for more parkland to address the decades-long shortage of parkland for their community. This coincides with a recent call for a moratorium by the Humber Bay Shores Condominium Association on the construction of any more high-rises in the area until concerns about inadequate infrastructure and diminishing condominium green space are addressed.
“Access to the waterfront should be preserved for the public,” says Green Party leader, Mike Schreiner. “Toronto’s waterfront is an extraordinary and limited asset, which needs to be enhanced and preserved for the benefit of all residents and visitors.”
Salewsky supports the request from Mimico residents for a review by an Expert Design Panel to ensure the 20-Year Secondary Plan is the very best that can be achieved for Mimico.
“I will put the needs of residents and the community before the self-interest of developers,” says Salewsky. “This is the kind of leadership we need to change the status quo at Queen’s Park. We need to respect residents’ requirement to restrict height and density in the area, without fear of developers going to the Ontario Municipal Board to have height restrictions lifted.”