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Ontario Renews

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University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario: 16mm.
"The film begins by stating that Ontario is beginning to realize that its land, energy and financial resources are not endless. Ontario is learning to adapt to future changes which will affect our way of life. Changes in energy costs will affect where we live in relation to where we work. We will no longer be able to afford commuting, so it may be necessary to combine working and living space. Energy costs will mean that many older houses will have to be re-insulated. Several government assistance programs have been set up for this purpose. Changes in population trends will also affect our future urban planning. The large subdivisions of the 1960s are becoming obsolete—as families become smaller, the need for large houses is declining. There is a shortage of bachelor, one and two bedroom units, but these can be created by renovating old houses rather than building new ones. There is a new emphasis on revitalizing existing communities and using up the available housing space, where services such as schools, transportation and sewage already exist. Programs such as the Ontario Ministry of Housing's Downtown and Mainstreet Revitalization Plans serve to restore the core areas of cities and towns. Businesses are encouraged to donate to Business Improvement programs which promote their areas. The film concludes that future progress will not consist of mere expansion. There must be an inward growth—better use of energy and financial resources."