The Oak Ridges Moraine Symposium was held on the fifth anniversary of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, February 12, 2007 at the Radisson Hotel in Markham. The event was well attended with over 250 participants. The Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Foundations kicked-off the symposium as keynote speaker. The Monday evening Dinner Banquet on February 12th featured guest speaker Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada. The Moraine for Life Awards were also be presented that evening. David Lewis Stein, Innis College/University of Toronto was the Closing Plenary Session Speaker. Three main themes, Land, Water and Community well-being, were discussed through workshops, that challenged the attendees to:
- identify the key issues related to land use planning, water protection and community well-being in the Moraine
- identify the need for awareness and education
- discuss long-term monitoring of performance measures
- discuss the investment in the quality of life in Moraine communities
Participants were asked for solutions and collaborations to assist in continuiung the protection of the Moraine. The outcomes of these dicussions will be compiled in a public report to the Ontario government to be released this spring. Please contact the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation (www.ormf.com) for further information.