Paul Jolie on February 18, 2020
1. Do you support Lake Simcoe Watch’s recommendation that the Government of Ontario should develop a plan to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution to 44 tonnes per year by 2026? If no, do you support the achievement of the 44 tonne per year target by a later date? If yes, please specify the date.
2. Do you support Lake Simcoe Watch’s proposed actions to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution? If no, please explain why not and outline alternative actions that you believe should be taken to reduce Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution?
I live in Newmarket which is equal distant between lakes Simcoe and Ontario. As a recreational cyclist I love going south where I can bike from Oshawa to Oakville and enjoy the view of Lake Ontario for 95% of my ride. This provides me with an appreciation of the beauty and concern for the health of the lake. Contrast this with a ride around Lake Simcoe where 95% of the view is private residences / cottages blocking all views of the lake. Consequently my concern for the health of the lake is clouded by my inability to actually see the lake. If you want residents living in the Lake Simcoe watershed to get concerned about its health then you should provide more opportunity (shoreline) for us to enjoy. As it stands the York Region section of the lake is a personal playground of shoreline property owners and boaters.
3. Do you agree that the Development Charges Act should be amended to permit the Government of Ontario and Lake Simcoe municipalities to levy development charges to recover 100% of their costs of reducing Lake Simcoe’s phosphorus pollution? If no, please explain why not and outline how you believe the pollution reduction measures should be paid for.
4. Please provide any other comments about Lake Simcoe Watch’s report: Cleaning Up Lake Simcoe: A Discussion Paper.