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November 1, 2001
City of Toronto pleased with provincial announcement about Oak Ridges Moraine
  
Works and Emergency Services -- The City of Toronto is pleased with the
announcement today by the Province of Ontario on legislation and plans to
protect the Oak Ridges Moraine.

"This announcement gives all residents of southern Ontario a reason to
celebrate," said Councillor David Miller, Chair of the City's Oak Ridges
Moraine Steering Committee. "While we need more time to study the announcement
in detail, today is a day to commend the Province for making this decision that
will protect one of the last natural regions in southern Ontario for future
generations."

The City of Toronto has been advocating protection of the moraine on this scale
for the past two years.

"The province's actions to preserve the Oak Ridges Moraine as a land form will
provide protection for the quality of rivers and lakes as well as countless
species of plants and animals in the area," said Mike Price, Executive Staff
Lead, Oak Ridges Moraine. "The City has already made commitments to support the
prevention of urban sprawl, to study alternate means by which we can partner
with others to collectively manage growth, to protect sensitive areas and
agricultural lands, and to protect the region's air quality. We look forward to
working with all stakeholders to suggest and develop practical mechanisms that
better protect all parts of the Oak Ridges Moraine."

Price added that the City is pleased that the Province appears willing to apply
the plan to the areas where there are outstanding OMB hearings.


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