Headwater Hikes at Pigeon River and Fleetwood Creek May 23-24

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Media Release: Give your health a boost this weekend- Step into Nature! Join Kawartha Conservation and partners for two local ‘Healthy Hikes’

This weekend, the Ontario Headwaters Institute, along with Kawartha Conservation and other local partners will host two hikes along the Oak Ridge’s Moraine in The City of Kawartha Lakes to encourage local residents to get active, spend time in nature, and engage in the recent coordinated review of the province’s Greenbelt Plan, Oak Ridge’s Moraine Conservation Plan, and two other land use plans. The hikes will take place at Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area on Saturday, May 23 and Fleetwood Creek Natural Area on Sunday, May 24 and are part of a 10-hike series called Headwater Hikes run by the Headwaters Institute. Each hike will highlight a variety of environmental features and participants should arrive by 9:45 a.m. For more information on the hikes visit: http://ontarioheadwaters.ca/hikes/. Hike partners include the Kawartha Conservation, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, The City of Kawartha Lakes, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition, and the Ontario Heritage Trust. Heather Stauble, City of Kawartha Lakes councillor and the Chair of Kawartha Conservation, will be in attendance at both hikes, where a group of leaders will point out ecological points of interest. These hikes also qualify as events under Conservation Ontario’s Healthy Hikes program which challenges Ontarians to spend time hiking in our province’s nearly 300 conservation areas and track their progress for a chance to win great prizes. Attending events boosts the chances of winning, since participants will earn 200 bonus points towards their challenge goal for taking part. The goal of the Healthy Hikes program is to teach people about the ways the natural environment boosts our health and how we can all energize our bodies and minds simply by stepping into nature. You can learn more about Healthy Hikes, and register to participate at www.healthyhikes.ca. “Natural areas along the Oak Ridge’s Moraine are perfect locations to host Healthy Hikes events, since there is such a strong connection between the Moraine and our health”, says Heather Stauble, Chair of Kawartha Conservation. “The moraine plays a key role in providing us with clean and abundant drinking water, and as we all know, water availability and supply is a foundation for human life and a pillar of healthy sustainable communities.” Hike participants will also be updated on the Ontario government’s coordinated review of four land use plans- the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, Greenbelt Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan, and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe- and encouraged to participate in the process by submitting comments through the Province’s Environmental Bill of Rights website. Kawartha Conservation is one of nine Conservation Authorities across the province located along the Oak 2 Ridges Moraine who over 15 years ago joined together to create the Conservation Authorities Moraine Coalition (CAMC). The group was formed to advocate for and protect the moraine along its 160-kilometre length, and in response to the need for a comprehensive policy, planning and management approach geared to sustaining the health of the entire Oak Ridges Moraine. Along with the other members of the CAMC, Kawartha Conservation has been actively engaged in the coordinated plan review, and supports the key recommendations to inform the review laid out by the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation in their document Sustaining our Environment, Planning for our Future, which include: – Recognizing and growing the Greenbelt – Investing in stewardship, restoration, and land securement – Promoting safe and sustainable agriculture – Protecting the environment- ensuring clean water, air and land – Encouraging land conservation and preservation To learn more about Kawartha Conservation’s role in the coordinated plan review, visit their website www.kawarthaconservation.com/watershed/report-cards. Another great way to learn about the plan review, and about Kawartha Conservation’s role, is to join one of the great hike events planned for this weekend! -30- Media Contact: Jayme Crittenden, Marketing & Communications Specialist, Kawartha Conservation, 705.328.2271 ext. 220, jcrittenden@kawarthaconservation.com Kawartha Conservation is a watershed-based, non-profit environmental organization that helps ensure the conservation, restoration, and responsible management of water, land and natural habitats through programs and services that balance human, environmental and economic needs. The organization is governed by the municipalities within the Kawartha Conservation watershed, including the City of Kawartha Lakes; Region of Durham; Township of Scugog; Township of Brock; Municipality of Clarington; Municipality of Trent Lakes; and Township of Cavan Monaghan. www.kawarthaconservation.com

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REMINDER: Tues, May 19th at 7pm Pontypool Meeting

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ACTION CALL: REVIEWING THE FUTURE USE OF THE OAK RIDGES MORAINE

In typical fashion while approving 55 Industrial Wind Turbines on the allegedly protected ORM, your elected officials are also reviewing the future land use of the Moraine. This includes those at Sumac Ridge and Settlers Landing in Bethany and Pontypool.

Ostensibly the motive of this review is to enhance the protection of this invaluable Green Belt.

HOUSTON….we seem to have a conflict ?

NOW IS THE TIME TO CONTACT ANYONE AND EVERYONE ON THE LIST BELOW WITH YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW AND WHY THE MORAINE SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE PROTECTED. THOUSANDS OF EMAILS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE……..But it has to start with YOU.

Addresses and suggested talking points below. Please forward or distribute this email to your neighbours and friends , rural or urban.

PLEASE Encourage others to take 10 minutes to Send Comments on the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan Review by May 27th!

SEND TO:
Email: landuseplanningreview@ontario.ca
Ontario Environmental Registry: http://www.ontario.ca/ebr (Registry #012-3256)
Or Mail to:
Land Use Planning Review
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Ontario Growth Secretariat
777 Bay Street, Suite 425 (4th floor)
Toronto, ON M5G 2E5
Copy to:
Liberal Cabinet
Conservative Critics
NDP Critics
tmcmeekin.mpp@liberal.ola.org
kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org
gmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.org
bmauro.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
jleal.mpp@liberal.ola.org
bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
lrinaldi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
ernie.hardeman@pc.ola.org
lisa.thompson@pc.ola.org
bob.bailey@pc.ola.org
john.yakabuski@pc.ola.org
jeff.yurek@pc.ola.org

ahorwath-qp@ndp.on.ca
PHatfield-QP@ndp.on.ca
tabunsp-qp@ndp.on.ca
gbisson@ndp.on.ca
jvanthof-qp@ndp.on.ca

Copy: MPP
Councillor

laurie.scott@pc.ola.org
hstauble@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

CABINET AND LAND USE PLANNING REVIEW

Ted McMeekin
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
17th Floor
777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E5
tmcmeekin.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Kathleen Wynne
Premier
Room 281, Main Legislative Building,
Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1
kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Glen Murray
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
11th Floor, Ferguson Block
77 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2T5
gmurray.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Bill Mauro
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Suite 6630,
6th Floor, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley Street West
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3
bmauro.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Jeff Leal
Minister of Rural Affairs
11th Floor
77 Grenville Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1B3
jleal.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Bob Chiarelli
Minister of Energy
4th Floor, Hearst Block
900 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E1
bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Lou Rinaldi
Parliamentary Assistant
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
17th Floor
777 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E5
lrinaldi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Land Use Planning Review
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Ontario Growth Secretariat
777 Bay Street, Suite 425 (4th floor)
Toronto, ON M5G 2E5

SEND WHAT ?

In your own words:
The Oak Ridges Moraine Act and Conservation Plan have been respected as landmark ‘environment-first’ legislation from when they were passed by all three parties in 2001 and 2002. Wherever the requirements of the Plan have been followed, it has been highly effective at restoring, protecting and enhancing the agricultural lands, natural heritage and hydrological functions of the Moraine. The Plan should be strengthened to provide additional protection.

· The Oak Ridges Moraine is NOT Renewable.

· Revoke approvals of industrial wind and solar projects approved on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

· Place a moratorium on further approvals

· Amend other provincial legislation so it complies with the ORM Act and Conservation Plan and repeal legislation that overrules that protection.

· Amend section 41, Ontario Regulation 359/09, which allows development on the ORM, in oder to restrict industrial development to essential development and restrict locations for industrial wind and large scale solar on the Moraine and in the Greenbelt.

· Establish the Oak Ridges Moraine Commission to protect the ORM

· The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan IS a Climate Change Plan. If followed, it helps protects against severe weather, protects water resources, human life, and agricultural productivity, and it prevents damage to homes, businesses, and agriculture.

· Require strict adherence to setbacks from natural heritage and hydrological features.

· Greater emphasis on role of Conservation Authorities in authorizing any development.

· Require full hydrogeological studies before any development on the Moraine.

· Prohibit development without watershed plans

MORE INFORMATION ON PLAN REVIEW PROCESS at: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10882.aspx

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Information Meeting: Wind Project Approvals

With days left to file an ERT Appeal on the Settler’s Landing Project situated within 1km of a thousand people and completely on the Moraine, Heather Stauble , Ward 16 Councillor is facilitating an: Continue reading

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Disappointing News: Settler’s Landing Approved

image_miniThe following is today’s message from Ward 16 COKL Councillor, Heather Stauble.

The Settlers Landing wind project approval was posted on the Environmental Registry on May 7th, 2015. There were 2330 comments posted on the Registry. This is the third project proposed on the Oak Ridges Moraine and the second project of three proposed in the Manvers area of the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Sumac Ridge, the first project proposed on the Oak Ridges Moraine, was approved in December 2013. It was appealed through the Environmental Review Tribunal process. The Tribunal dismissed the Appeal in February 2015 but did find there was a risk of serious and irreversible harm and made a number of recommendations. The Tribunal’s Decision was Appealed to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. To date, no Decision on the Appeal by the Minister has been issued.

The timing of these projects on the Oak Ridges Moraine co-incides with a review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan with Province planning to strengthen protection of Natural Areas, protect Agricultural land and put measures in place to address Climate Change. www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10882.aspx

The issues of wind turbines has been a major issue at Town Halls being held to discuss changes to the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, the Greenbelt Plan, the Niagara Escarpment Plan and the Growth Plan. Residents called for a Moratorium as was done before the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan was implemented in 2002. They pointed out that the protections in the Oak Ridges Moarine Conservation Plan, when applied, do protect natural areas and agricultural land and improve resiliency in the event of extreme climate change.
Settlers Landing
http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTIzMTgy&statusId=MTg4MjI2&language=en

Land Use Review: Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Review – Environmental Registry Comments:
http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI0MTIw&statusId=MTg2ODMz&language=en

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Call To Action: Mon. May 4th STOP THE WIND TURBINES and PROTECT THE MORAINE

IMPORTANT – Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Review in Clarington Monday May 4

STOP THE TURBINE INFILL ACROSS THE MORAINE.

We are continuing on several fronts to make every effort to STOP THE WIND TURBINES and to PROTECT THE MORAINE from these kinds of developments. There are many people working behind the scenes in Manvers and in other nearby communities who do not understand the word QUIT.

One strategy that will be effective is a meaningful turnout to the Public Meetings that have been set up, chaired by David Crombie, to hear from you on what ought to be suitable uses for the protected Moraine

The second effective strategy is for us to send comments to an EBR site set up for responding to the Crombie hearings. These submissions will have to be reviewed and commented upon. The more we send, the greater the impact on the Crombie Review.

The May 4th hearing is part of the 2015 Co-ordinated Review of the Growth and Greenbelt Plans led by Mr. Crombie. Four Plans are being reviewed – the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan along with the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Greenbelt Plan and the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Our interest is to see the Moraine better protected from development like Industrial Wind Turbines. So we need everyone who can to turn out for the May 4 meeting and speak to Moraine issues. Then you are also asked to help by writing in to the EBR site about the need to protect the Moraine.

May 4th is our best chance to turn out in significant numbers to support those in our community who have expertise regarding the Moraine as they will be speaking to the issue.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS.

We will send out speaking points on the Moraine before May 4 and provide details on how to comment to the Crombie Review with the same points. Try to go on Monday, May 4 and definitely put in comment(s) when you get the details from us. Deadline for comments will be May 28 but best to do right after May 4. (You can still comment even if you can’t attend.)
Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan Open House – Clarington
Monday, May 4, 2015
Newcastle Community Hall, 20 King Avenue West,
Newcastle starting at 6 pm.

What has worked and has not worked on the Oak Ridges Moraine – Discussions will include protection of natural spaces, agricultural land, renewable energy …

Information: http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10882.aspx

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Good news at last! Turtles topple turbines in Ontario’s top court

Turtles topple turbines in Ontario’s top court.

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