THE MORAINE. FOR LIFE.
On February 12 and 13, some 235 stakeholders from across the Oak Ridges Moraine gathered at the Radisson Hotel Toronto-Markham to discuss Oak Ridges Moraine accomplishments, challenges and opportunities. The members of the Oak Ridges Moraine Symposium Planning Committee would like to thank all individuals who took part in the event. A report highlighting the feedback, input and directions provided by the delegates is currently being produced.
“The Oak Ridges Moraine Symposium created a natural extension of the work we’ve all undertaken,” said Kim Gavine, Executive Director of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation. “It provided a showcase for the many successes we’ve achieved and assisted in providing a blueprint for our future efforts.”
The symposium Program was organized around three environmental themes important to the Moraine – Land, Water and Community Well-being. Sessions were introduced by David Burnett and Steve Holysh of Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition and Debbe Crandall of the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM).
In addition to the breakout sessions, The Moraine for Life Awards were presented during the Banquet Dinner event, recognizing those who have helped make the Oak Ridges Moraine a better place. Five awards were given to individuals, organizations and agencies that have contributed significantly to improving the ecology and hydrology of the moraine and the social well-being of people who live and work on or downstream of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
“A great deal of work has gone into ensuring the protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine but our work is far from complete,” said Debbe Crandall, Executive Director of the Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition. “This is why the Oak Ridges Moraine Symposium was so very important –
to help us identify where we need to focus our efforts.”
The Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister of Tourism, Minister responsible for the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Foundations delivered the keynote address and the banquet dinner featured a formal address by Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada. David Stein, Adjunct Professor with the Innis College/University of Toronto (and well-known retired reporter to the Moraine) provided the closing plenary remarks.