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April 8, 2000
Environmental Commissioner refers Oak Ridges application
The Ontario Environmental Commissioner, Gordon Miller, has referred the
application surrounding the Oak Ridges Moraine to the provincial Ministries
responsible under the Environmental Bill of Rights.

The application to the Province of Ontario under the Environmental Bill
of Rights for a review of the laws and policies to protect the Oak Ridges
Moraine, made by the City of Toronto, has been referred to the Ministers of
Environment - Dan Newman, Natural Resources - John Snobelen and Municipal
Affairs and Housing - Tony Clement.

The Environmental Bill of Rights allows any two residents of Ontario to
apply to the Environment Commissioner if they believe a new provincial policy,
Act or Regulation is required to protect the environment. Co-chairs of
Toronto's Oak Ridges Moraine Steering Committee, Councillors John Adams and
David Miller signed the application.

"I was delighted to see that the Town of Richmond Hill has acknowledged
the environmental importance of protecting the Oak Ridges Moraine, and I look
forward to continuing the fight with them to save one of the most significant
landforms in Southern Ontario," said Councillor Adams. "I have every
confidence that my, and Councillor Miller's, application for review under the
Environmental Bill of Rights will be successful."

Each Minister has sixty days from the time they received the application
to decide whether a review will be conducted and they must provide a brief
statement of reasons for that decision.

The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of the most significant landforms in
southern Ontario. The Moraine contains the headwaters of 65 river systems (35
in the GTA alone) and has a rich diversity of forests, wetlands and
significant plant and animal species. The Moraine crosses many regions and
counties, and local governments must take the total impact of development into

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