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Pickering Mayor insists he has “actively reached out” to local First Nation on development issues – Insauga.com

June 14, 2024

“We are in a housing crisis,” said Pickering Mayor Kevin Ashe in explaining his rationale behind asking the provincial Housing minister to expedite development in northeast Pickering.

But the Mississaugas of Scugog Island (MSIFN) believe a request to remove a 50-year-old Minister’s Zoning Order to pry open lands near a long-proposed airport in northeast Pickering to build houses without consulting the First Nation “makes a mockery of public office and its mandate to solve difficult problems.”

Ashe, who asked Paul Callandra to remove the MZO – put in place to protect lands expropriated in the early 1970s for a future airport – last month, said his letter was not to speed up the development in the area and is also consistent with the Region’s Envision Durham Official Plan.

As well, he added, the City of Pickering has “actively reached out” to MSIFN for consultations and collaboration on the land since 2022 and sent a message to LaRocca on May 24 asking for a meeting for “further discussion and consultation” on the matter.

Read More: https://durham.insauga.com/pickering-mayor-insists-he-has-actively-reached-out-to-local-first-nation-on-development-issues/

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