On Monday we were honoured to have Julia Munro, MPP from York-Simcoe stand in the provincial legislature to commemorate the 15 anniversary of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. The Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership (Ontario Nature, EcoSpark, the STORM Coalition and Earthroots) were joined by many long time advocates for the moraine representing Bolton and District Horticultural Society, Environmental Defence, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, and Oak Ridges Trail Association.
“It is my pleasure to rise today to acknowledge an important milestone that has had a long-lasting impact on the protection and conservation of our important natural heritage and water resources in southern Ontario. This weekend was the 15th anniversary of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. I am pleased, as a long-standing member of this House, to have been here on December 13, 2001, when the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act received third reading by an all-party unanimous vote.
The Oak Ridges moraine, alongside the Niagara Escarpment, is one of the most significant landform features in southern Ontario. As the headwaters to over 65 river and stream systems and the drinking water supply for over 250,000 people, our government acknowledged that it was time to bring people together to come up with a long-term solution to protect the moraine and its important natural heritage and vital water resources.
In 2000, our Progressive Conservative government of the day announced that a $15-million fund would be established, which led to the creation of the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation. The foundation has provided essential support to many, many groups. I had the opportunity to introduce visitors today, but we have many more who are unable to join us.
On behalf of the countless numbers of community groups and individuals, I’d like to say thank you. To my colleagues in this House, I urge you to continue to build on the legacy laid down by our government 15 years ago.” –Julia Munro
MPP Julia Munroe stands in the Legislature to celebrate 15 years of protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine.
We are still fighting to protect vulnerable natural features across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Please sign our letter to Premier Wynne, urging her to protect and grow the Greenbelt to protect at risk water supply areas.
Josh Wise is Ontario Nature’s Greenway program manager.