March 2024 Newsletter

Mar 25, 2024

Warm Greetings to Everyone,

In this early Spring Edition of the CCKT Newsletter you will find:

  • Save Mary Lake Update
  • Informative Video documentary, “Paving Over Paradise”
  • “Our King” Official Plan Review
  • CCKT Membership Renewal Information
  • Expanding the CCKT Board:  An Invitation to All.
  • King Environmental Team
  • Nobleton Community Hall (Women’s Institute)
  • Climate Action King AGM

Save Mary Lake Update – Application for Investigation

You have likely received the announcement and letter addressed to Mary Lake Defenders which was sent out to the CCKT membership (with email addresses on file) and to a number of additional Save Mary Lake supporters.

In the announcement we shared important news that CCKT, in partnership with Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition, submitted a “Request for Investigation” under the Ontario Environmental Bill of Rights, urging a review of the approvals granted by King Township for the construction of St. Rita at Mary Lake, a 160-bed long-term care facility on the Oak Ridges Moraine and Greenbelt.  We are concerned regarding the need for extensive dewatering on the site and the discharge of stormwater, as well as the potential for harm to Mary Lake and the Provincially Significant Wetlands.

We are currently waiting for a decision from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP).  We are also monitoring and reviewing new information as it comes forward.  Please have a look at the documentary, “Paving Over Paradise” highlighted below, to further learn about the importance of wetlands.

*** Please note, CCKT and STORM support well-designed Senior residences and Continuum of Care facilities and services within the established Settlement Area boundaries of King City, Nobleton and Schomberg, facilities that are well-integrated within the communities, close to transit and a variety of community amenities and services.

 

Paving Over Paradise:  Wetlands in Ontario Today

Here is a fascinating and informative 30 min. TVO documentary featuring the Water Brothers.  The documentary, titled Paving Over Paradise, describes the challenges facing present day wetlands in southern Ontario and highlights a program that is restoring and expanding wetlands on agricultural lands, plus other important initiatives that seek to protect wetlands and restore the health of many wetlands in the GTA, on Georgian Bay and in other Ontario locations.  Here is the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoGGwIy5pcg

“Our King” Official Plan Review

King Township has launched a review of the King Township Official Plan in order to conform to new provincial policies and the York Region Official Plan and to confirm a vision for King Township up to 2051.  The public are invited and encouraged to participate.  To learn more about the Official Plan Review and to access a Discussion Paper about items being considered in the review, please click on the link below, and read through to the hyperlink for the Discussion Paper.

https://speaking.king.ca/our-king-official-plan-review

Opportunity to Assist!
Would you be interested in collaborating with two or three other CCKT members in the Official Plan Review, reading documents, sharing ideas for what should be maintained in the Official Plan and sharing proposed revisions? This invitation goes out to all CCKT members. Please contact Bruce Craig if you are interested in assisting with this review.  board@cckt.ca   

CCKT Membership Renewal for 2024

For those on annual memberships, we invite you to renew your CCKT membership for 2024.  The annual dues continue to be $20 per household, and donations are gratefully received.  You may use the following link to reach the website “Membership Page”.  There are options to update your membership online and use Interac e-transfer, or to print off a 2024 membership page and mail it in with a cheque.  Thank you for your continued support.

cckt.ca/join-us

Expanding the Board:  Invitation to the Whole CCKT Membership!

For over 50 years, countless members of CCKT have served faithfully on the CCKT Board, some for one or two years and others for longer periods.  Board members bring a wide range of talents, skills and experience, and collectively provide leadership in a variety of areas – research on a range of topics, writing letters and newsletters, giving presentations and oral submissions, administration of membership lists, organizing meetings, fundraising and other special events, and communications – website, social media, telephone, etc., CCKT website.

The CCKT Constitution requires that CCKT sustain a board of seven to twelve members.  Due to a variety of circumstances the board of nine members in 2022 currently stands at only five active members, and so it is time to expand.

If you are a new member or a longtime member of CCKT with an interest in team collaboration; conserving sensitive environmental features in King, on the Oak Ridges Moraine and across the Greenbelt; sustainable land use and community planning; climate action; and engaging citizens and their voices in these important issues, we would welcome hearing from you.

Please complete and send in the attached simple application form, where you can express your interests, and highlight basic experience and talents.  We are currently looking to fill the board member positions of Recording Secretary and Membership Secretary, as well as several Member-at-Large positions.  The form may be submitted with an email to: board@cckt.ca   or printed and mailed in to:  CCKT, Box 875, King City, ON.  L7B 1A9.

It is vitally important for the current board to expand and bring on new members for CCKT to thrive and to move forward with the capacity to address significant issues in King Township, York Region and Ontario.

A basic commitment includes:  The CCKT board regularly meets once a month for ten months of the year (excludes July & August).  The board also organizes an Annual General Meeting as well as several General Meetings through the year. Different board members take on various roles, based on their availability, interest and skills.  If you are interested in learning more and have any questions answered, please contact CCKT or one of our board members.

We hope to hear from several members interested in helping on the board.  Thank you for considering this important request.

King Environmental Action Team

Please check out the link below to learn about a King Township initiative in which you may be interested – the King Environmental Action Team (KEAT).

The King Environmental Action Team (KEAT) will be established to implement actions set out by the Community Services Division and to address ongoing climate change, environmental stewardship, and other environmental issues within the Township of King. Read More

https://speaking.king.ca/king-environmental-action-team

Nobleton Community Hall (Women’s Institute)

As many may have heard, through considerable citizen effort and a change of position of King Township Council, the heritage designation on the Nobleton Community Hall will remain and the historic hall will stay in its current location.  Thank you to Nobleton resident and CCKT member Nancy Hopkinson and other King Township residents for taking an important lead in the effort to maintain the heritage designation and the presentday location.

We anticipate that the Township will be upgrading the current facility to make it fully accessible and designed for a wide number of community uses – special classes, receptions, meetings, etc.

Climate Action King AGM

Climate Action King is having their AGM on Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at the King Heritage and Cultural Centre on King Road and all CCKT members are invited to attend.  The guest speaker is Chris Ballard, CEO for Passive House Canada.  Chris grew up in King City and went on to be a journalist, an elected councillor in Aurora and the MPP for Newmarket–Aurora serving part of his term as the Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change.  Chris has a passion to contribute to the goal of net-zero buildings.  Come and learn more about what the present and future in energy-efficient buildings (including houses).

In Closing

Thank you to everyone for your ongoing interest and active support for CCKT and the pressing issues of this current time.  We are also grateful for partnerships with a number of other citizen organizations:  Environmental Defence Canada, Climate Action King (CAK), Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition, Kingscross Ratepayers Association (KRA), Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust (ORMLT), Stewards of the Moraine, Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and others.

Sincerely, Bruce Craig, Chair, on behalf of the CCKT Board:
Bruce Craig, Fred Jessop, Lee Ann Kraft, Geoff Simpson, Cathy Wellesley.

You are welcome to contact the CCKT Board through the CCKT website or through regular mail.

Website:  cckt.ca

Mailing address is:  Box  875, King City, Ontario, L7B 1A9