ISSUES & IMPACTS
Ecology - in other words natural capital - used properly can also give you the jobs that you seek.
... Pavan Sukhdev
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Globe& Mail - June 1, 2011
An article by Martin Mittelstaedt reports on a new initiative to make aggregate operators more responsible. Excerpts below. For full article click HERE.
"The effort by the company is an attempt to defuse some of the vociferous opposition from community groups that typically accompanies almost all new gravel pits being proposed in Canada, and at many existing quarries."
"In the past year, Ontario regulators have rejected two proposed quarries, one in the Caledon area on the outskirts of Toronto and another near Guelph."
"Sustainable rocks may seem like an oxymoron, given that gravel is blasted out of open pit mines, but Mr. Galloway is convinced it’s possible, if quarries are placed in areas where the potential for environmental harm is minimized and operating practices avoid affecting neighbouring land owners."
"The certification process would be overseen by an independent, non-profit entity, Socially and Environmentally Responsible Aggregates, to which all quarry operators in Canada would be able to submit facilities for evaluation."
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CBC Interview with Ruth Grier and Bill Saunderson in which they point out that Ontarians consume 17 metric tonnes of aggregate per capita each year, while in the UK the consumption is only 4 metric tonnes per capita, due largely to aggressive recycling, substitution and conservation policies.
PitSense believes Ontario must move in the same direction.
Elmira Independent - August 11, 2010
Gravel pit fight continues - "... despite concerns of increased gravel truck traffic and noise, it's the financial impact that residents may fear the most. It's a growing concern for local homeowners, especially in Conestogo, where residents say property values have already fallen since the submission of the gravel pit applications." "... nine homes are for sale near the golf course that aren't moving, one sold for more than $100,000 less than the original listed price, and a buyer backed out of a purchase at the last minute after finding out about the impending pit applications." "... agents recommend listing homes significantly below their property value."
To read full article Click HERE
Increasingly, economists are advocating putting nature on the balance sheet ... a concept called "natural capital". On one side of the ledger, ecosystems perform invaluable services like flood control, pollination, carbon sequestration and water purification. (One estimate suggests insect pollination is worth hundreds of billions of dollars globally. The economic value of the Canadian boreal forest has been pegged at 700 billion dollars annually ... just by being there.) On the other side of the ledger, the world's top 3,000 companies do 2.2 trillion dollars in environmental damage a year according to one estimate. These costs are particularly problematic when it comes to non-renewable resources like aggregate.
There are a number of prominent people working in this area - names like Pavan Sukhdev and Amory Lovins. Recently former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has become a major proponent of bringing natural capital on to the national accounts.
Fall/Winter 2011 FARMLAND PRESERVATION NEWS
Published by Ontario Farmland Trust. "Special Aggregate Issue" featuring story on Melancthon Quarry application. See article HERE
April 19, 2012 CALEDON COUNCILLOR SLAMS PIT PROCESS
" To say the least, I have found this process to be unsettling and the process to lack credibility. The information provided was inconsistent and many of the statements being made by the applicant lacked accuracy and substantiation. Much of the information required was not being provided."
... Caledon Councillor Richard Whitehead in Letter-to-Editor, Caledon Citizen Full letter HERE
May 15, 2014 - Will another gravel domino fall? Mono residents sound the alarm ...
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The Concerned Residents Coalition in Rockwood are actively engaged in opposing the proposed ‘Hidden Quarry’. They recently delegated to the Guelph Eramosa Town Council, with some encouraging success. One of their main pursuits is to have the quarry proponent engage in a proper Economic Impact Study and the Council has agreed to require one. The proponent in this case, James Dick Construction Limited, is of the view that if the social and environmental impacts are minimized, there will be no adverse economic impacts on residents or the Township. CRC disagrees, and their Council has listened. Click HERE to read the full media release. >>