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THOSE WHO FOUGHT TO PROTECT THE WR COUNTRYSIDE LINES

March 6, 2018 by Sam Nabi and Katy Belshaw, the Community Edition

Back before they built a roundabout at the intersection of Erb Street and Erbsville Road, before the commercial plazas and townhouses, this part of Waterloo wasn’t a part of town at all, but a hamlet called Rummelhardt.

In 1986, this was the western edge of the city, and Fred Martin wanted to keep it that way.

“We had a fairly good garden there, we had some livestock, we had some chickens and pigs, we made apple cider. It was more of a life skills learning thing. Save a bit of money and understand how to butcher a chicken,” Martin said.

Martin and his housemates were students at the University of Waterloo. They lived on a 2.5 acre farmhouse property that had a weathered barn and a grain silo with a missing roof.

They painted the words “STOP THE CITY” on the barn’s roof in bright white letters. It was their response to the relentless creep of suburban sprawl at their doorstep.

 

Folkin’ Around with Hold the Line

August 16, 2017 by Kate Moore, CultKW

Say hello to the first annual, Hold the Line Festival! A festival filled with cycling, music, and a very special initiative: celebrating Waterloo Region’s Countryside Line.

But wait, what’s the Countryside Line? We’re glad you asked.

The Countryside Line is the protected perimeter of our region – it defines where our urban city ends and our rural farmland begins. Protecting our farmlands from the potential harm of our urban city means sustaining resources for all current and future generations.

 

Laurier connection gives life to cycling and folk music festival

August 15, 2017 by Wilfrid Laurier University

Five friends, all sharing a Wilfrid Laurier University connection, are organizing a cycling and folk music festival to raise awareness about sustainable development while celebrating the Region of Waterloo’s Countryside Line.

Hold The Line is a small not-for-profit organization and festival that takes place Sept. 16 in St. Jacobs, Ontario.

The concept comes from Laurier employee Tyler Plante, Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications employee Sam Nabi, Geography and Environmental Studies PhD student Alex Szaflarska, and alumni Sean Campbell and Richard Garvey, who all share similar values on sustainability and community.

 

Interview with Mike Farwell

Hosted by Mike Farwell, 570 News

Inteview with Alex Szaflarska and Sean Campbell of Hold the Line at the 20 minute mark.

 
 Sam Nabi, left, Alex Szaflarska and Sean Campbell's new cycling and folk music festival will celebrate the region's countryside line and protect farmlands by encouraging a lifestyle that includes biking to St. Jacobs for fresh flowers.  - Vanessa Tignanelli, Record staff

Sam Nabi, left, Alex Szaflarska and Sean Campbell's new cycling and folk music festival will celebrate the region's countryside line and protect farmlands by encouraging a lifestyle that includes biking to St. Jacobs for fresh flowers.

- Vanessa Tignanelli, Record staff

Holding the line: New festival celebrates region’s efforts to curb urban sprawl

Jul 23, 2017 by Catherine Thompson Waterloo Region Record

There are festivals celebrating pretty much everything, from beer to vintage cars, but it's not every day you hear of a festival that celebrates an urban planning policy.

But that's exactly what a new local festival, called Hold the Line, intends to do.

It's a cycling and folk music festival taking place Sept. 16 in St. Jacobs that celebrates the Region of Waterloo's countryside line.

The region introduced the countryside line in 2009 as a way to control development and urban sprawl. The line contains future growth within the region's urban areas, to protect farmland and sensitive natural areas such as wetlands and groundwater recharge areas from development.