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April 13, 2000
Toronto to Appeal OMB Decision
  
The City of Toronto is moving quickly to appeal an Ontario Municipal Board
(OMB) decision barring Toronto from participating in hearings into development
proposals for the Oak Ridges Moraine. The City will ask Divisional Court for a
stay of the hearings set for May 26 until the appeal can be heard.

The City is moving quickly because the appeal must be filed within 15 days of
the OMB's decision that Toronto's interests are adequately represented by other
parties or participants at the hearings.

"We are disappointed the OMB failed to recognize how vital the Moraine is to
Toronto and all the people of the Greater Toronto Area," said Councillors John
Adams and David Miller. "It's important that the City appeal to the courts to
ensure all concerns about the Moraine are represented if development
applications are to proceed at the OMB."

The Oak Ridges Moraine is one of the most significant landforms in southern
Ontario because it contains the headwaters of 65 river systems in the province
including Toronto's Don, Humber and Rouge Rivers.

The Moraine is also one of the last remaining green corridors in southern
Ontario and has a wide diversity of streams, woodlands, wetlands, kettle lakes,
kettle bogs and significant flora and fauna. It is still 30 per cent forested
and is one of the last refuges for forest birds.

The City believes any development on the Moraine will have significant effects
on areas beyond its boundaries including the quality of life and water in
Toronto.

The City is also planning a number of initiatives to raise public awareness
about the importance of preserving the Moraine for now and future
generations. Councillors Miller and Adams have already filed for a review of
provincial policy on the Moraine under the province's Environmental Bill of
Rights.


Media Contact
Councillor John Adams
416-392-0013

Councillor David Miller
416-392-4072

 

 

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