How You Can Help Save Mary Lake

1. Write a letter

Here are some Template Letters to get you started

Template Letter to Hon. Stan Cho, Ministry of Long-Term Care

Subject: Urgent Appeal for the Consideration of Environmental Impact in the Proposed Mary Lake Long-Term Care Facility

Dear Hon. Stan Cho,

I am writing to you as a concerned citizen, deeply invested in the welfare of our senior community, and equally committed to the conservation of our precious natural resources. I wish to draw your attention to the proposed 160-bed long-term care facility at Mary Lake, situated in the sensitive ecological zone of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

While recognizing the urgent need for quality senior care facilities, it is imperative to consider the environmental ramifications of such developments. Mary Lake, a crucial part of the Moraine, is not only a significant groundwater source but also a haven for diverse wildlife. The potential environmental impacts—ranging from the disruption of local ecosystems to the degradation of water quality—cannot be overlooked.

I urge the Ministry to re-evaluate this proposal in light of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. It is crucial to find a balance between development and environmental stewardship. Alternative locations, which do not compromise our ecological heritage while still addressing the needs of our seniors, must be considered.

I trust in your commitment to both our elderly population and environmental conservation, and look forward to a decision that upholds these vital interests.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Template Letter to Hon. Stephen Lecce, MPP King-Vaughan

Subject: Preserving Our Natural Heritage: Rethink the Mary Lake Long-Term Care Facility Location

Dear Hon. Stephen Lecce,

I am reaching out to you regarding the proposed long-term care facility at Mary Lake in King Township, a project that raises significant environmental concerns. The Oak Ridges Moraine, within which Mary Lake is situated, is a cornerstone of our region’s ecological health, providing essential water resources and supporting a rich array of biodiversity.

The construction of a 160-bed facility in this delicate area threatens to disrupt the balance of this vital ecosystem. I am particularly concerned about the impact on local water resources and wildlife, as well as the potential setting of a precedent that undermines conservation efforts in the Greenbelt and Moraine.

As our representative, you have a pivotal role in ensuring sustainable development in our community. I urge you to consider alternatives that align with the environmental objectives outlined in the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, thereby safeguarding our natural heritage for future generations.

Your leadership in promoting a solution that respects both the need for senior care facilities and our environmental responsibilities is crucial. I hope to see a decision that exemplifies our commitment to sustainable community development.

Respectfully,

[Your Name]

Letters to the Editor should be exclusive to each media outlet.

Here are 5 version to get you started.

Template Letter to Media Outlets - Version 1

Subject: Urgent Coverage Request: Environmental Risk at Mary Lake

Dear Editor,

I am reaching out to highlight the critical situation surrounding the “Save Mary Lake” project in King Township. The proposed development of a 160-bed long-term care facility poses a significant threat to the delicate ecosystem of the Oak Ridges Moraine, an area of ecological importance. This development risks disrupting habitats, contaminating water sources, and altering the landscape irreversibly. Coverage by your esteemed publication could significantly influence public opinion and policy decisions, contributing to the preservation of this vital natural area. I believe that raising awareness through media channels is essential in mobilizing community support and drawing the attention of decision-makers to reconsider the proposed site. Your commitment to reporting on local environmental issues makes your platform ideal for this cause.

Thank you for considering bringing attention to this pressing environmental concern.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Template Letter to Media Outlets - Version 2

Subject: Support “Save Mary Lake” Through Your Influential Platform

Dear Editor,

I am writing to seek your support in bringing public attention to the “Save Mary Lake” initiative. The proposed construction of a long-term care facility in the environmentally sensitive area of Mary Lake, within the Oak Ridges Moraine, represents a dire threat to local biodiversity and water resources. This development could set a dangerous precedent for future projects within protected areas. The role of media in highlighting such critical issues is invaluable, and your publication’s coverage can play a significant role in driving the necessary public discourse and action. By bringing this issue to the forefront, you can help safeguard our natural heritage and ensure responsible development practices are upheld. Your voice and influence are crucial in mobilizing community and governmental response to preserve this ecological treasure.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

Template Letter to Media Outlets - Version 3

Subject: Media Intervention Needed for “Save Mary Lake” Project

Dear Editor,

I appeal to your sense of civic responsibility to cover the “Save Mary Lake” project. The development of a long-term care facility on the ecologically rich lands of Mary Lake, within the Oak Ridges Moraine, has raised significant environmental concerns. This area is a crucial habitat for diverse species and a key water resource. Your publication’s involvement in this matter could be instrumental in raising public awareness and mobilizing support against potential ecological damage. The community relies on media like yours to bring such issues to light, enabling informed public dialogue and advocacy. Highlighting the potential consequences of this development could be pivotal in influencing policy and protecting our natural heritage.

Thank you for considering this urgent matter.

Best regards,

[Your Name]

Template Letter to Media Outlets - Version 4

Subject: Pressing Need for Media Focus on Mary Lake Environmental Threat

Dear Editor,

I urge you to spotlight the “Save Mary Lake” campaign in your publication. The proposed construction of a long-term care facility in the Oak Ridges Moraine near Mary Lake poses grave environmental concerns. The project threatens to disrupt local ecosystems, endanger wildlife, and compromise the area’s natural beauty. Your coverage of this issue is crucial for informing and engaging the public in protecting our cherished natural landscape. As a respected media outlet, your voice can help to elevate the conversation around sustainable development and environmental stewardship, inspiring community action and governmental reassessment of the project. By drawing attention to this issue, you can play a pivotal role in safeguarding the ecological integrity of Mary Lake and its surroundings.

Kind regards,

[Your Name]

Template Letter to Media Outlets - Version 5

Subject: Advocate for Mary Lake’s Preservation through Your Reporting

Dear Editor,

I encourage your publication to feature the “Save Mary Lake” campaign prominently. The construction of a long-term care facility on the Oak Ridges Moraine near Mary Lake is a matter of great environmental concern. This project threatens to alter the region’s ecological balance, risking the health of local wildlife and natural habitats. Your platform has the power to shed light on this critical issue, educating the public about the importance of preserving such ecosystems and inspiring action to prevent potential environmental degradation. By advocating for the conservation of Mary Lake, you can contribute to a broader understanding of the need for responsible land use and environmental protection. This issue resonates deeply with community values and the principles of sustainable development.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Postal and Email Addresses:

Politicians

MPP
Hon. Paul Calandra
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 17th Floor
777 Bay St.
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Paul.Calandra@pc.ola.org

MPP
Hon. Stan Cho
Ministry of Long-Term Care
400 University Ave. 6th Floor
Toronto, ON M5G 1S5
Stan.Cho@pc.ola.org

Constituency Office:
111 Sheppard Ave. W
North York, ON M2N 1M7

MPP
Hon. Stephen Lecce
Constituency office
2220 King Rd. Unit 1
King City, ON L7B 1L3
Stephen.Lecce@pc.ola.org

MPP
Hon. Caroline Mulroney
Constituency office
45 Grist Mill Rd. Unit 9
Holland Landing, ON L9N 1M7
Caroline.Mulroneyco@pc.ola.org

MP
Hon. Scot Davidson
Main office – Holland Landing
45 Grist Mill Road, Suite 10
Holland Landing, Ontario L9N 1M7
Scot.Davidson@parl.gc.ca

MP
Hon. Anna Roberts
Main office – Vaughan
9401 Jane St ., Suite 115
Vaughan, Ontario L6A 4H7
anna.roberts@parl.gc.ca

Media

  • King Weekly Sentinel:
    • Mailing Address: King Weekly Sentinel, 30 Martha Street, Suite 205, Bolton, Ont., L7E 5V1.
    • Email: editor@kingsentinel.com​.
  • Toronto Star:
    • Send your contribution to Letters to the Editor via email to lettertoed@thestar.ca; via fax to 416-869-4322; or by mail to 8 Spadina Avenue, 10th Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 0S8. Letters must include full name, address and all phone numbers of sender (daytime, evening and cellphone). Street names and phone numbers will not be published. We reserve the right to edit letters, which typically run 50-150 words. Please note: We get many more letters than we have space to print. Due to the volume, we unfortunately cannot acknowledge every submission.
  • The Narwhal:
    • Mailing Address: Suite 634, 185 – 911 Yates St., Victoria, BC, V8V 4Y9.
    • Email: editor@thenarwhal.ca​.
  • The Globe and Mail:
    • Email: letters@globeandmail.com​.
    • Note: Letters to the Editor should be exclusive to The Globe and Mail. Include name, address and daytime phone number. Keep letters under 150 words. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.
      Email: letters@globeandmail.com

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