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Concerned Citizens of King Township (CCKT) & Save The Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) – Special Public Meeting Nov. 14, 2023

Beneath the Surface of Mary Lake:

A Microcosm of Ontario’s Struggles with Greenbelt Preservation and Citizen Engagement

This meeting aims to provide an open forum to update the public on the “Save Mary Lake” project and highlight the important goals of protecting and sustaining the Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) as envisioned and described in the regulations of the ORM Conservation Plan, and the direct connection of this kettle lake and wetlands site within the ORMCP and the Greenbelt.

CCKT Annual Meeting Spotlights Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation – May 2023

Susan Walmer’s talk at the Concerned Citizens of King Township (CCKT) Annual General Meeting focused on the critical need to preserve the unique natural heritage of the Oak Ridges Moraine. As the CEO of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, she highlighted various conservation methods such as land gifts, conservation easements, and property acquisitions. Susan emphasized the ecological benefits these lands provide, including carbon storage and habitat creation, which are essential for human health and combating climate change.

York Region residents gathered
in front of Minister Lecce’s
Constituency office in King Township
on Dec 4, 2022 to express
opposition to Bill 23
and cuts to The Greenbelt.

Short version

Slightly longer version

Learn more about Bill 23 and what you can do

Bill 23 spells disaster for farmland, wetlands, conservation areas, and wildlife. It undermines municipal governments and guts conservation authorities. It’s an attack on democracy.

All Candidates Meeting

King Township Municipal Election 2022

CCKT hosted two All Candidates Meeting
for the King Township Municipal Election in 2022.
This is the meeting for Wards 3 & 4

The video is annotated with timestamps, allowing you to jump to specific topics and questions.

00:00:00 – Candidate Opening Statements
00:19:50 – Question 1 – What are your top priorities for King Township and your Ward specifically?
00:31:10 – Yes/No Question 1 – Would you accept donations from individuals connected to the development industry?
00:32:15 – Question 2 – What climate actions does King Township need to take in the next 5 years to achieve its climate action goals?
00:41:00 – Yes/No Question 2 – Do you oppose the construction of Highway 413?
00:41:35 – Yes/No Question 3 – Do you support a full Environmental Impact Assessment for the Bradford Bypass?
00:43:24 – Audience Question 1 – Long term care in King Township
00:52:30 – Audience Question 2 – Condo development proposal on Main St in Schomberg
00:57:55 – Yes/No Question 4 – Will you protect the Greenbelt against conversions to employment and commercial development; such as, at the interchange of King Road and Highway 400?
00:58:58 – Audience Question 3 – Protecting farmland
01:04:25 – Audience Question 4 – Engaging youth in King Township
01:14:07 – Audience Question 5 – Priorities to address for rural residents
01:22:33 – Audience Question 6 – Why was the 12th Concession left out of the master paving plan?
01:24:40 – Candidate Closing Statements

All Candidates Meeting

King Township Municipal Election 2022

CCKT hosted two All Candidates Meeting
for the King Township Municipal Election in 2022.
This is the meeting for Wards 1 and 5

The video is annotated with timestamps, allowing you to jump to specific topics and questions.

00:00:00 – Welcome and introduction
00:07:49 – Candidate Opening Statements
00:19:07 – Yes/No Question 1: Do you accept campaign donations from developers who are active in developing land in King Township?
00:19:51 – Question 1: How do you feel about the transportation options currently available in King Town-ship? How would you improve transportation and help mitigate traffic concerns?
00:31:40 – Yes/No Question 2: Do you oppose the construction of Highway 413?
00:32:02 – Question 2: In the absence of a tree by-law for private trees, King continues to lose many healthy large trees each year through tree removal and clear-cutting of private lots, especially in the three villages. How will you show leadership and what actions will you take to effectively protect healthy mature trees on private lands in King Township?
00:40:22 – Yes/No Question 3: Do you support a full Environmental Impact Assessment for the Bradford Bypass?
00:41:00 – Question 3: What climate actions does King Township need to take in the next 5 years to achieve its climate action goals?
00:49:50 – Yes/No Question 4: Will you protect the Greenbelt against conversions to employment and commercial development; such as, at the interchange of King Road and Highway 400?
00:51:36 – Audience Question 1: Integrity
00:55:15 – Audience Question 2: Clarify position on Highway 413
00:57:12 – Audience Question 3: Solutions for true affordable housing
01:03:26 – Audience Question 4: Vaccines and Mandates
01:10:41 – Audience Question 5: Oath of an Engineer
01:14:28 – Audience Question 6: Protecting farmland
01:21:30 – Audience Question 7: Clarify position on Highway 413
01:23:33 – Audience Question 8: Vision for King City
01:31:05 – Candidate Closing Statements
01:38:50 – Wrapup

General Meeting – Guest Speaker

Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan

The Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and future influence

with Steve Gilchrist

On April 6, 2022, former Member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario, Steve Gilchrist, was the keynote speaker at the Concerned Citizens of King Township’s hybrid (Zoom) annual general meeting. He recounts the historical reasons for introducing the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan in 2001, as well as addressing challenges to it such as Long Term Care at Mary Lake, Highway 413, variable width buffers and the watering down of various planning elements, costs for municipalities to be stewards of the land, long term protection, and much more.

The video is annotated with timestamps, allowing you to jump to specific topics and questions.

00:00:00 – Introduction with Susan Walmer
00:03:05 – A brief history of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan
00:22:40 – Mary Lake and Long Term Care
00:26:04 – Why Highway #413 is ill conceived
00:40:34 – Plug for the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust
00:47:31 – Audience Question #1 – Variable width buffers and the watering down of various planning elements (with comment from Mayor Steve Pellegrini)
00:57:16 – Audience Question #2 – How can a property get municipal zoning if it contravenes the ORMCP?
01:04:30 – Audience Question #3 – The cost for Municipalities to be stewards of the land (with Councillor Debbie Schaefer)
01:11:07 – Audience Question #4 – Can the ORMCP plan be watered down? Can King resist future pressures?
01:16:52 – Audience Question #5 – Mary Lake Long Term Care – clarification
01:24:28 – Audience Question #6 – Can/does the Province purchase private land to protect it?
01:28:08 – Audience Question #7 – The ORMCP, protections and expropriation possibility

Stop Highway 413 Actions

Stop Highway 413 Rally, March 2021

In March 2021, Concerned Citizens of King Township members joined a rally to show opposition to the proposed Highway 413. Participants did “Morris Dancing” to the tune of “The Township of King” by the Bare Naked Ladies (https://shop.barenakedladies.com/collections/music)

Stop Highway 413

Stop Highway 413 Rally, November 2021

On November 13, 2021, Concerned Citizens of King Township joined an Environmental Defense led DAY OF ACTION rally to show opposition to the proposed Highway 413. Participants did “Morris Dancing” to the tune of “The Township of King” by the Bare Naked Ladies (https://shop.barenakedladies.com/collections/music)

Deputation by Climate Action King

We Need to Protect Our Trees

An Argument for a Private Tree Bylaw

General Meeting – Guest Speaker

All About Trees

For the January 2018 General Meeting, Concerned Citizens of King Township (CCKT) invited Edith George, Heritage Tree Expert, and Peter Wynnyczuk of the Ontario Urban Forest Council to speak All About Trees.

All Candidates Meeting

Federal Election 2019

All Candidates Meeting – Federal Elections 2019

Volunteer Recognition

Citizen of the Year, 2019

CCKT Chair, Bruce Craig,
receives the Citizen of the Year award
from King Township Council
at the annual volunteer recognition ceremony in 2019

All Candidates Meeting

King Township Municipal Election 2018

CCKT hosted two All Candidates Meeting
for the King Township Municipal Election in 2018.
This is the meeting for Wards 1 & 5

All Candidates Meeting

King Township Municipal Election 2018

CCKT hosted two All Candidates Meeting
for the King Township Municipal Election in 2018.
This is the meeting for Wards 2, 3, 4, and 6

General Meeting – Guest Speaker

The “Nuts & Bolts” of
By-law needs and enforcement
in King Township 2016

For the March 2016 General Meeting, Concerned Citizens of King Township (CCKT) invited Susan Plamondon, CAO of King Township, to address the “nuts and bolts” of by-law needs and enforcement.