April 2023 Newsletter

Apr 29, 2023

Concerned Citizens of King Township is holding our

Annual General Meeting for 2023

Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 7 – 9 PM,

at the King Bible Church, 1555 King Road, King City.
(south side of King Road 100 metres west of Dufferin Street)

Accessible. Parking on site.

All members of the King Township community are invited to attend. Please bring a neighbour! This is an in-person meeting in a spacious environment. For those unable to attend, a recording will be made to share on-line after May 9th and will be available through our website

Light refreshments will be served

Feature Presentation:

The Oak Ridges Moraine: A Legacy to Keep

 CCKT welcomes the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust who will be sharing an informative and inspirational AV presentation focused on the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Come, learn and celebrate the wonderful diversity and beauty of this remarkable provincial landform. Why is the Moraine so important? What challenges does it face today? How can each of us help and play a role in sustaining a healthy ecology and the valuable functions of the Moraine for future generations? There will also be time for Questions & Answers.

Mary Lake Future

One of the most important current issues for CCKT is the future of the remarkable Mary Lake site, just to the north of the Settlement Area of King City. Mary Lake, with the large kettle lake, provincially significant wetland complex and marvellous areas of forest is one of the “prime jewels” of the entire Oak Ridges Moraine. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, and CCKT in partnership with other organizations advocates for the long term conservation of these lands while respecting the home of the Marylake Monastery and associated buildings on the site.

As many in the King Township community know, the Augustinian Fathers of Ontario, Inc. (AFOI) have proposed an ambitious development project within 40 metres of the kettle lake to construct a fully licensed 160-bed Long Term Care facility. The 13,980 sq. metre, three-storey building would represent a very significant expansion of the existing monastery, and would be premised on extending full municipal servicing north from King City to the site. CCKT holds that any formal evidence of legal pre-existing use as a LTC facility has not been revealed to the public.

While CCKT supports expanding Seniors’ residential options and services in King including LTC, we believe the Mary Lake site with its many natural features, beyond the King City settlement boundary is not the location. We advocate for a broader vision of Seniors Care in King Township which includes a range of residential options and services, and includes the option of supporting Seniors in their current homes.

Thank you to the CCKT membership for writing letters, signing on to petitions and making thoughtful deputations to Township officials.

 

CCKT Membership Renewal for 2023

If your annual membership for 2023 has not yet been renewed, please visit our membership page and renew.

Thank you for your ongoing interest, participation and support.

 

KRA Fundraiser – May 5 at Pine Farms

Kingcross Ratepayers Association is hosting a fundraiser at Pine Farms on May 5/2023 from 7 – 9 PM. There will be an exclusive Silent Auction, with proceeds going to help finish paying off David Donnelly (Donnelly Law) for all his work on the challenges to the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine. Tickets are $100/person, and are available at KERA.ca

 

 

New Generation Air Source Heat Pumps – Seminar and Panel

Many of you have likely been reading and hearing about the many benefits of the new Air Source Heat Pumps for efficient heating and cooling of homes and buildings for year round comfort. Eliminate fossil fuel emissions from natural gas furnaces, and save on long term costs through the efficient technology of the heat pumps. To learn more, come and attend this Free Workshop/Seminar organized by Climate Action King

Smarter Home Heating and Cooling

Date: Wednesday May 17, 7 PM.

Location: King Township Municipal Centre, 2585 King Rd. King City
NEW LOCATION: King City Seniors’ Centre, 1970 King Rd, King City

  • Learn how todays’ air source heat pumps work
  • Hear from people who have made the switch from gas
  • Understand the savings while increasing your year round comfort
  • Learn about grants and interest-free loans
  • Learn how emissions will be eliminated

Come ask the experts!

Updated CCKT Website and Opportunities

We encourage you to browse our updated CCKT website at cckt.ca

You will find a number of informative articles, reports and letters organized around the themes of: Climate Change; Land Use Planning; Sustainable Communities; King Township Updates. There are also insightful letters on the CCKT Opinion Page. And you can find additional information and links related to the issues and priorities in which CCKT has been engaged.

If you are interested in becoming more active with CCKT using your unique skills, talents and experience, there are several opportunities available – research and writing on specific topics, preparing and sharing deputations, creating ads and print materials using graphic skills, serving on the CCKT Board and more. Please reach out to a Board member or contact CCKT through the website.

Together we can make a positive difference.

Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteer Appreciation Week in Canada: April 16–22

We salute the wonderful contributions of volunteers in King Township.

This past week Canada celebrated National Volunteer Week to put a spotlight on the many selfless volunteers who work to better their communities and show love through their actions. Their efforts are often performed behind the scenes and done without need for recognition.

The theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week is “Volunteering Weaves Us Together.”

“This reveals the importance of volunteering to the strength and vibrancy of our communities through the interconnected actions we take to support one another. These diverse forms of sharing our time, talent and energy strengthen the fabric of our community.

Through volunteering we experience our interconnectedness, making our lives more meaningful. Getting involved in various ways, we find friendship, develop trust, and link our relationships. Threading these connections, we come to belong as we contribute towards the same goals.” (Excerpt from the Volunteer Canada website).

Within the CCKT membership there are many volunteers who give of their time and talent in many facets of community life. This year King Township recognized the volunteer efforts of many community members including CCKT members, Gill Watt, Mary Muter and Ian Hilley, who each received a Special Recognition Volunteer Award. Thank you Gill, Mary and Ian for your generous contributions to community life in King and beyond!

CCKT Vision Statement

Our vision is a vibrant King Township that protects and values its natural heritage with an environmentally responsible vision for growth that promotes a healthy community now and for generations to come.

Sincerely, Bruce Craig, Chair, on behalf of the whole CCKT Board:

Tom Butt, Bruce Craig, Fred Jessop, Lee Ann Kraft, Geoff Simpson, Gill Watt and Cathy Wellesley.