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The Oak Ridges Moraine

is a landform unique to southern Ontario. One of Ontario's largest moraines, the Oak Ridges Moraine extends 160 kilometres from the Niagara Escarpment in the west to the Trent River system in the east, and is on average 13 kilometres wide. One-hundred-and-fifty metres deep, the moraine stands out as a distinct landscape and is the "rain barrel of southern Ontario".

The Oak Ridges Moraine



Save The Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition is focused on protecting the ecological integrity of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Since 1989, STORM has been working at the local and regional levels to ensure that municipalities make good planning decisions that respect the environmental significance of the moraine and that take into account its ecological and hydrological functions.

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You are Cordially Invited to Attend: STORMSí 25th Anniversary and Award Ceremony
Sunday, September 27, 2015
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

In honour of your contribution over the past 25 years to the protection of the Oak Ridges Moraine landscape and your support of STORM Coalition and its partners, we hope you can attend this special event.
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Media Release: 25 Recipients to Receive STORM Coalition 25th anniversary award
Aurora, ON -- September 8, 2015 -- Save The Oak Ridges Moraine Coalition (STORM) has hit a quarter-century milestone of protecting and preserving Ontario’s environmentally sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) and the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership for 2015 (Earthroots, EcoSpark, Ontario Nature and STORM) will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Award Ceremony to celebrate.

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Neptis Foundation has released two short papers to help inform the Co-ordinated Review

  • Understanding the Fundamentals of the Growth Plan
  • The Land Supply Question in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Urgent notice! Government announces review of three major conservation plans
On February 27, 2015, the provincial government announced the start of the much anticipated review of plans that protect the Oak Ridges Moraine, Niagara Escarpment and Greenbelt.

To protect these embattled landscapes forever, we must unequivocally tell the government that we want: stronger laws, a stronger landscape and a stronger legacy!

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Have Your Say
As mentioned above, the Government of Ontario launched a co-ordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan, as required under their respective legislation. These four plans are now being reviewed. They want to hear your ideas on how to make the plans stronger and work better together.

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Former Toronto mayor David Crombie to lead Greenbelt panel
Premier Kathleen Wynne has chosen the former mayor to revisit the decade-old Greenbelt Plan that curbs urban sprawl from Niagara Falls to Peterborough.
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Ontario Releases Climate Change Strategy Discussion Paper
Province Engaging Public, Businesses and Communities on Climate Change Strategy

Ontario has released a climate change discussion paper and invites citizens, businesses and communities to share ideas about how to successfully fight climate change while fostering economic growth and keeping our businesses competitive.

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Oak Ridges Moraine as you’ve never seen it before
Wed, Feb 18, 2015
Bill Lishman, environmentalist and photographer of Fly Away Home fame, captures the beauty of an imperiled jewel of Ontario’s landscape in a coffee table book.
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A yes shouldn’t last forever in Ontario’s urban planning
Sun, Feb 15, 2015
Projects approved long ago take years to start — but that might provide an opportunity to truly protect our environment, writes the Toronto Star's Christopher Hume.
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Subdivision to be built on Oak Ridges Moraine
Thu, Feb 12, 2015
Developer revives 16-year-old application to build 28 luxury estates on protected moraine lands in Caledon.
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Packed house at Brougham Greenbelt meeting hears more required to protect open space
PICKERING -- The Greenbelt legislation is working, but stronger laws are needed to deal with threats to the open space.

Thatís the message delivered during a town hall meeting hosted by the anti-airport group Land Over Landings at the Brougham Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The packed house of about 150 people heard from experts and activists who are fighting to protect the Greenbelt.


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Marvellous Moraine website launches!
The provincial government is going to review the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan in 2015. Together we can make sure that this legislation protects, enhances and restores the moraine.

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Everyone Agrees - the Moraine is Marvellous!
Click here to view photos from our Marvellous Moraine Event.

Big Win at the Board!
On January 27, 2014 Ontario Municipal Board Member S. Sutherland dismissed the appeal of Peter Eliopoulos to allow a wedding banquet and children’s camp on Oak Ridges Moraine lands in King Township. On ‘trial’ was the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan’s major recreational policy and more broadly what kinds of land uses fit with the vision of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Congratulations to King Township and the Stewards of the Moraine!
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Save the Oak Ridges Moraine...Yet Again
STORM (Save the Oak Ridges Moraine) Coalition is approaching its 25th year of defending the Oak Ridges Moraine — the rain barrel of clean drinking water for over 250,000 people and 65 river and streams, green fields that grow food, trees that bind carbon dioxide and rural communities where people live and work. And we need your help.

A receipt for your donation is only tax deductible if an official charitable receipt is issued by one of our project partners we do outreach education special projects with.
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Phone: 905.841.9200

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In 2015, the Province of Ontario will review three major pieces of environmental policy – the Oak Ridges Moraine Plan, Niagara Escarpment Plan and Greenbelt plan. Leading up to 2015, we will continue to work together with citizens and stakeholders to ensure that the Oak Ridges Moraine remains protected for generations to come. We have been preparing for the review for over a decade by monitoring and recording data from emerging and old issues that threaten the hydrological and ecological integrity of the moraine. 
Direct donations allow us the ability to continue being the strong voice for the moraine as we have since 1989. We can accept payment through PayPal.
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Oak Ridges Moraine Protection Policies Subverted for Solar Project Approval
The first Renewal Energy Approval (REA) on the Oak Ridges Moraine and Protected Countryside of the Greenbelt Plan areas has been granted to Canadian Solar. While supportive of the Green Energy Act (GEA) and associated Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program, concerned residents are outraged that approval was contingent on a significant reduction of setbacks from natural features such as significant woodlands,headwater streams and groundwater discharge areas.
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