The Toronto Star
NEWS, Tuesday, May 16, 2000, p. B02
asked to join moraine fight
NDP, Liberal MPPs join criticism of development plans
As a conservationist,
Lea Ann Mallet is used to encouraging people to save land in far
Not this time.
Mallet was one of many speakers at a Toronto church urging some
150 people to get involved in saving the Oak Ridges Moraine.
is a piece of wilderness literally on our doorstep," said
Mallet, who is with the environmental group Earthroots. "The
Oak Ridges Moraine affects us all."
just referring to the environmentally sensitive aspects of the
ridge of gravel and silt which soaks up water, feeds dozens of
rivers and recharges Lake Ontario - and from which much of Greater
Toronto gets its drinking water.
is somewhere close to Toronto where we can still feel a sense
of wilderness," Mallet said from the pulpit of the Church
of the Holy Trinity, near Bay and Dundas Sts.
about the spirit of the wilderness that lives within you."
town hall meeting, which included speeches from both politicians
and environmental groups against urban sprawl, was an attempt
to enlist Torontonians in the fight against development on the
moraine, which has largely involved those in the regions around
applications for the area are before the Ontario Municipal Board,
which is set to begin hearings on May 23.
to call their MPP and demand moraine protection
To save the
moraine, the fight must transcend both geographic and political
boundaries, Liberal MPP Mike Colle (Eglinton-Lawrence) said.
He then asked
New Democrat MPP Marilyn Churley (Broadview-Greenwood) to get
up and speak.
have no idea what it takes for a Liberal to invite an NDP politician
to speak. That just goes to show his commitment to this,"
said Churley, her party's environment critic.
urged people to call their MPPs - particularly Tory ones - from
May 23 to 26 when the politicians are to be working out of their
will be focusing on issues in their ridings, uninterrupted . .
. this is the perfect time to call your MPP, or even ask for a
meeting, to press for tougher protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine,"
reads the flyer handed out at the meeting.