Red Flags on the Oak Ridges Moraine
In 2002 when the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan was passed many declared the Oak Ridges Moraine ‘saved’. Ten years later we are happy to report many successes but also saddened to report that many issues still threaten the Moraine – the headwaters of the Greater Toronto Area. The Foundation’s Measuring Success on the Oak Ridges Moraine project reveals that the Moraine that is holding its own in terms of its environmental health, particularly with respect to its base of natural vegetation and cover. However, five major areas of concern or ‘red flags’ have been identified where deficiencies in current implementation efforts pose serious threats to the effectiveness of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and more importantly to the health of the Oak Ridges Moraine ecosystem.
Policy development and monitoring
Prairie savannah and old field habitat
For more information please view: Red Flags on the Oak Ridges Moraine
REQUEST TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSIONERS OFFICE
The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation has requested a review of the existing policies legislation, regulation and/or technical guidance relating to the protection and management of the Oak Ridges Moraine pursuant to section 61 of the Environmental Bill of Rights. The Foundation contends that a number of instruments relating to the protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine warrant review for consideration of a revisions to existing policies, amendments to existing legislation, regulations and/or supporting technical guidelines to provide for the more effective implementation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. The Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation is asking the people of Ontario to support their Application for Review to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario’s Office and urge the Premier and all applicable ministries to address the gaps and deficiencies now!
To view the details of this request please view: Request for a Review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan
Below is a letter for you to sign and send to encourage the Province of Ontario to review and amend the policies, regulations and/or technical guidelines to provide for the more effective implementation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. We encourage you to print out copies for your friends who do not have e-mail.
Please mail your letter to Premier Dalton McGuinty at:
Premier of Ontario
Room 281, Queen’s Park
Letter to Mr. McGuinty in Microsoft Word
STAKEHOLDERS SPEAK OUT
The release of the Measuring Success on the Oak Ridges Moraine project reports raised concerns in the Moraine community. In 2002 it was, in large part, the voice of grassroot groups that pushed the Province to establish protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine. A decade later, these same groups – Ontario Nature, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM) and Earthroots - have joined together to launch the “Moraine Can’t Wait” campaign. They believe that political inaction and legislative gaps are putting the Moraine at risk and we cannot wait for the 2015 review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan to make this issue heard.
For more information visit: www.morainecantwait.ca