Monday Night! Come to King Township Council Meeting Jan. 14th 6:00 pm to support YOUR Moraine and Greenbelt.

Jan 13, 2019

More than 80% of King Township is on the Greenbelt and Moraine. It’s vital that we continue to stringently protect these valuable assets as we develop economically.

On January 12th several CCKT members travelled to Ajax to participate in a Bill 66 Information Workshop organized by Environmental Defence.

This is a huge issue across Ontario and one we must strongly resist. Citizens from across the Greater Golden Horseshoe gathered outside Environment Minister Minister Rod Phillips’ office to demand that he vote against Bill 66.

The Ontario government’s Bill 66 puts drinking water, the Oak Ridges Moraine, and the entire Greenbelt at risk. Bill 66 undermines and opens up several provincial acts including the Clean Water Protection Act and the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan. 70% of King Township is on the Moraine.

Bill 66’s three main threats to the province’s environmental protections are:

1) The Greenbelt – Bill 66 opens up the Greenbelt to development putting our food security and natural areas at risk. It will encourage land speculation whereby developers will be able to buy up protected farmland and turn it into factories, retail stores or sprawling subdivisions.

2) Clean water – Bill 66 would allow developers to ignore the Clean Water Act, which was an important law passed after the Walkerton tragedy that claimed seven lives due to drinking water contamination. It also sidelines the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Great Lakes Protection Act, putting the drinking water of millions of Ontarians at risk.

3) Protections from toxic chemicals – Bill 66 proposes to repeal the Toxics Reduction Act, a law that requires certain industrial facilities to consider ways to reduce the use and emissions of toxic chemicals in their operations. Repealing this Act will undermine the health of Ontarians.

Each municipality may “opt in” or “opt out” of passing an “Open-for-Business By-law” that could lead to new employment development on protected Greenbelt or Moraine lands. Bill 66 states that no public consultation is required and no public notice is required before the by-law is passed.

Council will be talking about Bill 66 on Monday, January 14th at 6:00 pm, and receiving public comments. Keep King Green, and maintain sound, progressive planning in Ontario.

Photo Courtesy Dan O’Reilly

The provincial government introduced this destructive bill on December 6, 2018 just before the Legislature wrapped up proceedings until February 2019. From now until the Legislature returns, citizens should be calling on their MPPs to vote down this environmentally destructive bill that will roll back many of the province’s fundamental clean water and environmental protection laws.

For more information on Bill 66 and what you can do about it, please see this informative website:

StopBill66.ca

King Township Municipal Office and Council Chamber is located at 2585 King Road, in King City, west of Keele Street at the location of the previous Holy Name Catholic School