CALL FOR ACTION! Ford Supports Milton community against Campbellville Quarry! What about Us!!!

July 30, 2020: Yesterday in Milton, the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford responded to a question regarding the Campbellville (Reid) quarry proposed by James Dick Construction Limited. His response was:

“I am not in favour of that. I believe in governing for the people. And when the people don’t want something you don’t do it. It’s very simple. I know the Mayor he doesn’t want it, no one wants it. I don’t want it. We are going to make sure it doesn’t happen one way or another”.

MPP Parm Gill seconded the Premier’s statement with “If the community doesn’t want a project to move forward bottom line, we are going to make sure the project doesn’t move forward. It’s that simple”… CRC Media Release

In response, CRC has written to GET Council with the following message:

“Our community has been clear about its opposition to the proposed Hidden Quarry, to the tune of $800,000 of donations and seven years of countless volunteer hours to support the fight against it. It is time that you step up to make it clear that GET Council does not what this quarry to proceed, and to
do so now in no uncertain terms. It’s very simple! The residents of this community deserve nothing less than your unequivocal opposition to the quarry. CRC’s supporters are being informed about this request and they will be waiting to see what you do with it.”

We are also writing to the Premier (letter attached) demanding the same treatment as he committed to the folks in Milton… download Newsletter.

So what now?

The licence for the Hidden Quarry has not been issued pending compliance with a number of conditions. GET is either doing nothing or simply withholding information from us regarding one crucial condition which is the implementation of a Community Liaison Committee.

Until there is a licence, this is not over. The citizens of GET and Milton who fought this destructive quarry for seven years, who donated $800,000 to pay for lawyers and experts, and who frankly did as good a job analyzing and arguing against the quarry as any community in Ontario ever has, only to be shafted by a bad decision, have the right to demand action by our local representatives in light of Ford’s and Gill’s comments yesterday.

ACT NOW!

Call and e‐mail Ford, Gill, Arnott and GET Mayor and Councillors demanding that Ford also govern in the interests of the people of Guelph Eramosa (Rockwood) and Halton Region who oppose the Hidden Quarry.
Premier Doug Ford: 416-325-1941
Premier of Ontario
Legislative Building
Queen’s Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1

Parm Gill: 905‐878‐1729 and parm.gill@pc.ola.org
Ted Arnott: 519‐787‐5247, 1‐800‐265‐2366 and ted.arnottco@pc.ola.org
Chris White: 519‐830‐6725 and chriswhite1@cogeco.ca
Mark Bouwmeester: 519‐831‐1791 and markgb@cogeco.ca
Bruce Dickieson: 519‐831‐8828 and bruce.dickieson@gmail.com
Louise Marshall: 519‐856‐0641 and louise.mashall.41@outlook.com
Corey Woods: 519‐362‐1353 and coreywoods@rogers.com
Get Council Offices: 519‐856‐9951

BREAKING NEWS 30 July 2020: Doug Ford Against Quarries Communities against…

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Premier Ford – “When the people don’t want something, you don’t do it!”

Rockwood, Ontario… Yesterday in Milton, the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford responded to a question regarding the Campbellville (Reid) quarry proposed by James Dick Construction Limited. His response was:

“I am not in favour of that. I believe in governing for the people. And when the people don’t want something you don’t do it. It’s very simple. I know the Mayor he doesn’t want it, no one wants it. I don’t want it. We are going to make sure it doesn’t happen one way or another”.

MPP Parm Gill seconded the Premier’s statement with “If the community doesn’t want a project to move forward bottom line, we are going to make sure the project doesn’t move forward. It’s that simple”.

Just across Highway 7 at Milton’s northern boundary in Rockwood, the so-called Hidden Quarry, also proposed by James Dick, is awaiting issuance of a licence following its interim approval by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) in February.

The parallels between the two quarries are striking:
• Citizens of Guelph-Eramosa and Milton donated $800,000 and countless volunteer hours over seven years to say “We don’t want this quarry!” It’s that clear!
• The Guelph Eramosa Township Council voted that the municipality doesn’t want it.
• GET’s neighbour, the Region of Halton, actively opposed it, with support from the municipalities of Milton and Halton Hills.

The Concerned Residents Coalition, representing the citizens of GET (Rockwood) and Milton (Nassagaweya) over a seven year battle, reached out to GET Council and MPPs Parm Gill and Ted Arnott for help to prevent this inappropriate and destructive quarry development from proceeding. We contacted the Premier and MNRF Minister John Yakabuski to stop the development from proceeding. All of this was to no avail with the arbitration rendered by LPAT.

The obvious question arising from yesterday’s statements by Ford and Gill is “Do they mean what they said?” If they do, Rockwood and Milton (Nassagaweya) are waiting for the same intervention. Fairness demands it.

Media Contact:
Doug Tripp, CRC President
226-820-5085
dtripp@crcrockwood.org

 

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The online CRC meeting  on Thursday, April 30 can be viewed without a Facebook account at the link below. PLEASE NOTE – there is a 10 minute delay before the meeting starts BUT you can drag the video “play bar” over to that point to fast forward to the video: https://www.facebook.com/CRCMeeting/videos/704392870331175/

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Something to think about… CRC Newsletter 20.03.19

Something to think about…
I’m sorry we had to miss meeting with everyone in the community last week to discuss the Hidden Quarry decision, but in retrospect we are convinced we made the right decision to avoid any possible risks in light of the COVID-19 news and upward trajectory of cases.

Among the things we wanted to discuss was forward-looking strategies. As you know, we’ve been working with Wellington Water Watchers who have demonstrated huge support for CRC’s work to protect water and the environment. Mike Balkwill helped us orchestrate our public flyrock and water campaigns last winter and spring, and inspired us to seek new ways to bring political attention to the very serious implications of predatory aggregate companies working in a policy framework which does not protect communities and environment.

You will read below Mike’s letter written in this moment which combines, ironically, physical isolation with a dramatic lesson in our social/natural connection…it is the context for CRC’s next steps and our ongoing collaboration with the intrepid team at WWW. Food for thought!
Take care, everyone! And stay tuned! … CRC Newsletter 20.03.19