PROTECTING Our Escarpment
PitSense is a community of people organized to respond to proposals for further increases in the number and size of aggregate operations in Caledon.
We are opposed to the continuing 'Domino Effect' growth of open pit mines and quarries in the agricultural and rural residential areas of the Niagara Escarpment and UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
WELCOME to our LINKS page.
We have compiled the following links so that you may learn more about aggregate and quarry operations and their environmental, economic, and social effects, and the positive efforts being made to preserve our Escarpment.
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Traditional thinking is all about "what is";
Future thinking will also need to be about
what can be.
... Edward de Bono
GRAVEL WATCH ONTARIO acts in the interests of residents and communities to protect the health, safety, quality of life of Ontarians, and the natural environment in matters that relate to aggregate resources.
NDACT - North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Task Force is fighting the Highland Companies who have amassed landholdings in Melancthon and Mulmur Townships, in the County of Dufferin, of over 7,000 acres of prime agricultural land. The Highlands proposal is for a 2300 acre quarry. (By comparison the McCormick application is for 100 acres IN ADDITION TO 2800 acres that are already under extraction in Caledon.)
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CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY -
The Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy (CIELAP)is an independent, not-for-profit research and education organization. They are a registered Canadian charity and one of Canada’s top environmental think tanks.
CIELAP meets and correspond with leaders and opinion-makers from the legal, corporate, and academic fields, and from across the wide-spectrum of society, to produce quality research that is objective, practical and solutions-focused.
CIELAP's mission is to inform legislative, policy and regulatory outcomes for Sustainability at the national and provincial/territorial levels of government in Canada.
THE GROUNDWATER FOUNDATION
A nonprofit organization that educates people and inspires action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations.
BRIDGEKEEPERS OF WEST MONTROSE- concerned about an aggregate operation that threatens a heritage bridge - "BridgeKeepers is a group of thoughtful, committed citizens, each of whom has a significant stake in “The Covered Bridge Experience”. We are committed to preserving the heritage, culture, quality of life and unique appeal of this special place; and to protecting it and its peoples from misuse or exploitation."http://www.bridgekeepers.ca/
PROTECT CALEDON INC. - a group of citizens in the north-west Palgrave area of Caledon who are fighting for their rights and opposing the expansion of a long-dormant pit (the Tottenham Pit) by Brock Aggregates.
Visit their website at: www.protectcaledon.org to read about their battle.
CLEARVIEW COMMUNITY COALITION
The Clearview Community Coalition (CCC) is a group of citizens who are concerned about the destruction of the Niagara Escarpment and the adverse effects of quarries on local communities
CONCERNED CITIZENS OF BRANT - CCOB is a group of people concerned about the opening of a gravel pit on Watts Pond Rd in Paris. Because the pit license was granted in 1974 under entirely different circumstances, but the mining was never begun, CCOB believes that the license must be opened for review under today’s standards. Website at: http://ccob.ca/
L I N K S
QUARRY WATCH is dedicated to providing information on the proposed dimensional limestone quarry (the Squire Quarry) to be developed in the Head Lake area in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Website at: http://quarrywatch.org
CORE (Conserve Our Rural Environment) was incorporated in 2002 to confront the threat of a proposed gravel pit on the east side of Airport Road, south of County Road 21.
That was just the beginning: CORE has since taken on wind turbines crowding rural homes and views on the Niagara Escarpment; the loss of protection for the Escarpment (important enough to be recognized as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) and also works with our Township, County and Provincial governments to ensure protection of our aquifers, forests and agricultural heritage.
Niagara Escarpment Views is a quarterly magazine dedicated to the people who cherish the beauty and uniqueness of the Niagara Escarpment. And be sure to check out their blog that discusses all manner of things and encourages you to take part by leaving your comments.
The goal of AWARE-Ontario is to provide an overview of each environmental situation (as unbiased as possible) with links to more information where available. Hopefully this website will inform and save you time. In return we ask that you strive to make decisions with Ontario’s future generations in mind – whether you are voting, shopping or talking to your neighbour. Today’s decisions must take our children and grandchildren into account. Today’s choices are our legacy.
There is an old proverb: The earth was not given to us by our parents – it was loaned to us by our children. Treat it well.
Friends of Transvaal is a dedicated group of concerned citizens fighting to secure for future generations the agricultural and rural heritage of the Transvaal community and safety of water and habitat offered by the Thames River . Quarries and gravel pits now threaten to disrupt a way of life unbroken for over a century. Quality of life, environmental responsibility and good stewardship of the land and water for future generations is our goal. .
Residents of Guelph-Eramosa, Milton, Erin and Halton Hills have formed the Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC) to respond to the proposal by the James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL). The company has applied to open a gravel pit and quarry called the "Hidden Quarry" on the North side of Highway 7 at the 6th Line, between Acton and Rockwood. Area residents who want more information about the proposal or to join the CRC are urged to contact the Coalition.
Concerned Residents Association of North Dumfries - Investigating and Taking Action on issues affecting citizens and the environment within the township, region, and province. CRAND is in the middle of an appeal with the Ontario Municipal Board to prevent the implementation of a gravel pit proposed by Preston Sand and Gravel. The hearing date is set for January 20th, 2014.
Oxford Green Watch knows that aggregate pits and quarries are supposed to be interim, temporary land uses and have a commitment in writing to rehabilitate the land to work with or as agricultural land. Taking land out of production temporarily while rock and stone is removed, restricts production of food for the short term. Nothing in the site plans, however, permits removing these lands permanently from food production, which would be the case if dumps are permitted in pits and quarries. Additionally, dump contents put food and water at risk forever. An attack on prime farmland, is an attack on the food and water necessary for all people, rural and urban.