"Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come"
... Victor Hugo
We are very fortunate to have in Ontario an area that is recognized internationally as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Large parts of the Niagara Escarpment are also designated as 'Protected' areas, with 'Greenbelt', 'Oak Ridges Moraine', and 'Credit Valley Conservation Area' status as well. We seek to make these designations truly meaningful.
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November 4, 2014 - LaFarge applies for another 100+ acre pit in Caledon - Local residents are alarmed as another gravel domino appears to be about to fall on Caledon.
Green Lake is a narrow, 14-hectare kettle lake. Kettles are depressions that are formed as partially-buried glacial ice blocks melt. Kettle lakes are quite rare in southern Ontario and are formed when these glacial depressions are filled with water. The lake is dependent on surface run-off from the surrounding slopes as well as a perched water table. Water levels drop significantly in the summer.
Green Lake is designated as a provincially significant wetland. The marshes contain a variety of vegetative species, and are usually flooded in the spring and early summer and at the water’s edge by late summer.
To see full Notice of Application
July 23, 2015 - Olympia Sand and Gravel Melville Pit approved by the OMB - The approval of the 300 acre Olympia property adds to Caledon's 'MegaComplex' inventory of approved and licensed pit properties, bringing the total to well above 3700 acres. So far in 2015 we have seen Melville, the 100+ acre Limebeer Pit, and approx 8 acres of 'wayside pit' on McLaren Rd. added to the approximately 3300 acres of existing pits and quarries in and around Caledon.
October 14, 2015 - Late last month (Sept.) residents living near the Brock Aggregates Tottenham Pit in north-east Caledon were shocked to learn that a pit expansion was quietly approved last May and the community was not informed by their local representatives nor by the Ministry. Our local Green Party candidate and the provincial leader have expressed concerns and spoke to a hastily organized gathering in front of the pit site.
September 29, 2015 - Milton council votes to support CRC group at OMB hearing. See full article HERE
November 2015 - Gravel Supply by Rail is more cost effective and more environmentally friendly than traditional means of gravel transportation. Each rail car can hold the equivalent of roughly 3 gravel trucks and wagons, so each train load of 100 cars is taking the equivalent of 300 trucks off of the road network every day, making our roads safer and avoiding costly wear on our highway infrastructure. Shipping by Rail also emits roughly 52% less CO2 than the equivalent in trucks.
Watch this space for future developments!
November 1, 2016 - Erin residents dismayed to learn of proposed pit expansion
A group of residents is angry and frustrated over possible expansion of a gravel pit just south of Erin village, with many saying they feel betrayed.
Tension over the pit boiled to the surface at a public meeting at Centre 2000, with officials of Halton Crushed Stone (HCS) and members of Erin Town Council taking harsh criticism over the potential for increased dust, noise and disruption of the land.
photo: Erin Advocate
See full news article HERE
January 2017 - The New Year starts the same way the old year ended , with more citizens seeking protection from relentless aggregate operations ...
Wellington County and its member municipalities have taken a $6 million hit because of changes to how gravel pits are assessed for property taxes – a shortfall now being made up by other taxpayers. See full story here:
PARIS - More than 100 residents packed the Brant County council chamber to hear public presentations as part of an environmental tribunal hearing into an aggregate company's attempt to gain a water-taking permit for its new operation north of Paris.
Nine witnesses expressed concerns during a special evening session this week about the prospect of the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change giving Dufferin Aggregates, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc., and owners of the 40 year old unused license, an environmental compliance approval (ECA) and a water-taking permit to operate a gravel pit it has opened on more than 600 acres of agricultural land on Watts Pond Road. See full story here :
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March 8, 2018 - School bus routes and gravel truck haul routes don't mix. Another student's life lost in Alberta crash. To read full article click HERE
February 12, 2019 - Our neighbours in Rockwood (CRC) have published several important documents in support of their fight against the proposed 'Hidden Quarry'. One of these is an explanation of the principle of 'Natural Capital' that dovetails well with our advocacy of 'Full Cost Accounting' and 'Financial Assurance Agreements' whereby applicants would include in their business plan and application the full costs, both natural and social, and provide full compensation to all affected parties. Author Peter Kauss, PhD explains: "There is both global and national recognition of the irreplaceable value of ecosystem services and the impact of human development on them." See this report, and more of Peter's important papers HERE