Offsite Development Seeks to Drain the Moraine
A massive proposed development in Fraserville, Peterborough County, has exposed a dangerous loophole in the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (ORMCP); it appears that developments outside of the Moraine’s boundaries can by-pass protection and pipe water from within protected areas of the Moraine to service their water needs. The Fraserville development would involve an expansion to the OLG Slots Casino at Kawartha Downs, 684 residential units, a new golf course with club house and additional residential units, an entertainment complex, hotel, recreation centre, community centre, big box stores, auto-dealerships, and the list goes on.
Vote for the Environment
The polls have shown that the environment is at the top of the list of Canadians’ concerns these days and there is no better time to have your voice heard than during an election. One of the most important things we can do to help protect the environment is to vote for a Prime Minister who is going to be a strong leader, ready to tackle today’s complex environmental issues.
Earthroots knows it is sometimes difficult to tell the green from the grey when it comes to politicians who claim to be environmentalists; it has become even more tricky to distinguish a well-put but ultimately hollow campaign promise from a genuine interest in protecting the environment. We’ve found that the easiest way to gain perspective on just where our politicians stand is to ask them directly what their views are on particular environmental issues.
Golf Courses in Southern Ontario: A Strain on the Moraine and Our Water Resources
Due to the growing popularity of golf, a number of courses have sprouted up across Southern Ontario over the past few decades. These courses are now speckled across Ontario’s Greenbelt and sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine, areas the province has finally agreed to protect. While golf courses may have a façade of ‘greenness’ due to their appearance, the reality is that maintaining unnaturally-short, perfect green grass on such large areas requires staggering amounts of groundwater, alongside a slough of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.
As part of a coalition of conservation groups, concerned citizens, and municipal leaders that pushed for the creation of Ontario’s Greenbelt and protection for the Oak Ridges Moraine, Earthroots is extremely concerned about the environmental impacts that golf courses are having on these allegedly ‘protected’ areas. Golf courses are allowed on the vast majority of the Greenbelt, including a large portion of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
Due to our concerns, Earthroots has formed a partnership with Ecojustice, formerly Sierra Legal Defence Fund, to begin researching the actual impacts golf courses are having on these sensitive areas. Unfortunately, because Ontario golf courses are only monitored through self-reporting and evaluation, it is extremely difficult to find any information regarding actual water takings, pesticide and other chemical use, or the environmental impacts of these activities.
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Proposed Development in Aurora Threatens Integrity of Oak Ridges Moraine Protection
The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act (ORMCA) and the Greenbelt Act came to fruition after years of steadfast lobbying from determined environmentalists, concerned citizens, and members of municipal government. Both the ORMCA and the Greenbelt Act are highly lauded pieces of legislation that symbolize important strides in the right direction by affording more protection of valuable greenspace.
The Ontario Provincial Government has received acclaim for their initiatives to tackle the serious issue of urban sprawl in Southern Ontario. The government has done an admirable job of promoting the Greenbelt by putting up signs along the highway which inform drivers when they are crossing into the boundaries of the Belt. They have also produced informative guides illustrating the importance of supporting local farmers and the diverse range of food options the Greenbelt provides. However, now that a couple of years have passed and the celebrations have died down, what is actually happening on the ground?
Temagami's ancient forests are at risk!
The final plan for the next phase of logging in Temagami (2009-2019) has been released and is available for public inspection until April 2nd, 2009.
Many key old growth areas are slated for logging and we need your voice to speak out for increased protection of Temagami's wilderness! Please click here to access our Temagami fax action centre or alternately you can use our template letter by clicking here if you prefer to send in your comments by mail. Please add your own comments to either the fax letter or our template letter to reflect your personal views before sending it to the Minister of Natural Resources.