The Fight for Green Space | Full Episode | The Thread with Nam Kiwanuka


Green spaces play a vital role in cities and urban centres, providing numerous mental, physical, and ecological benefits. Despite their significance, the fight to preserve these spaces remains challenging. Public parks, agricultural land, and green areas (like Ontario Place and the Greenbelt) are under threat of being demolished to make way for private business and housing development. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to prioritize sustainable urban and rural design to safeguard Ontario’s green spaces.

In this month’s episode of TVO’s The Thread with Nam Kiwanuka, we delve into the battle for green spaces with the assistance of Polly, our AI advisor on what’s on the minds of Ontarians. We engage with farmers, urban planners, and people who live here to shed light on the struggle to protect the province’s valuable green and public spaces.

We speak with third-generation farmers about the significance of the Greenbelt in agriculture and food production. We interview community activists and change makers to emphasize the importance of Ontario Place, revitalization over privatization, and why spaces like this are essential to the fabric of the province. And then we speak with urban planners to explore the balance between development and the creation of sustainable communities in cities, emphasizing the role of green spaces in urban design.

Does Ontario have enough public green space? And is the protected Greenbelt at risk of being developed to alleviate the province’s housing crisis? If so, is that even a viable solution? Or, is public land being sold off for private interest? What will become of Ontario Place – will the government’s new plan revitalize it, or leave it less accessible to Ontarians?

Join us as we explore the importance of green spaces and the fight to protect them. All this and more in this episode of TVO’s The Thread with Nam Kiwanuka.

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About The Thread with Nam Kiwanuka:   
The Thread isn’t a show, it’s a conversation. Every month we use artificial intelligence to scour the internet and uncover the topics that matter most to Ontarians. We then hit the streets to determine how these issues impact daily life and the efforts being made to solve them. Through a combination of expert interviews and stories of lived experience, we’re here to help you understand the headlines, challenges, and opportunities Canadians face in a quickly changing political and social landscape. 

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