CRC at Writers Festival Sunday 8th noon to 6

CRC will have a table at the Eden Mills Writers Festival on Sunday 8th, noon to 6.  Drop in if you’re at the festival…we always love to have a crowd or an added volunteer body for an hour or  two.  Alix is working with Jerrie Schummer to make a fortune on cookbook sales and all the spare change and large cheques we can collect that day!

Concert with Jane Siberry and James Gordon

A Musical Summer Afternoon at Glencairn Farm with Jane Siberry and James Gordon.

Sunday June 23, a sunny summer afternoon of music with Jane Siberry and James Gordon…this elegant fund-raiser raised more than $16,000 for CRC even while our case was being argued at the LPAT Hearing. Camaraderie and shared memories and great food and champagne accompanied great music.
Photos galore! Shari Lovell has made a wonderful SHORT VIDEO of the event featuring many of those in attendance, but she has also shared with us ALL HER PHOTOS. You must look and find yourselves…and contact Shari if you’d like copies. These are all fabulous photos and memories! Perry Groskopf also took photos that day, including the audience and the photo of a thoughtful Shari Lovell herself… full details.

LPAT Hearing on Hidden Quarry Now Complete

On Tuesday, July 9, Local Planning Appeals Tribunal (LPAT) adjudicator Scott Tousaw heard the last arguments on the applications for the Hidden Quarry proposal by James Dick Construction Limited (JDCL). The proposed aggregate mine would be located between Rockwood and Acton on Highway 7.

This location is in the very high water re-charge resource, the Paris-Galt Moraine. The site, to be blasted 23 metres below the water table, is situated immediately between provincially significant wetlands to the north and, to the south, dramatic cold water discharge through a multitude of springs and Brydson Creek, sensitive brook trout habitat, feeding the Blue Springs wetlands and creek, an Area of Natural Scientific Interest.

The application was opposed by two Parties each with a full roster of experts – Halton Region/Halton Hills and Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC). Wellington County presented one witness.

CRC’s lawyer, Chris Barnett argued that in spite of owning and assessing the property for more than 20 years, including the past seven years of active analysis and review, JDCL has failed to satisfy the statutory tests required for approval. In particular, Mr. Barnett asserted that JDCL has not “’. . . demonstrated that there will be no negative impacts on the [specific adjacent] natural features or on their ecological functions’ as required by the Provincial Policy Statement.”

Mr. Germain concurred, stating: ‘The hearing before the Tribunal is not a design charrette. When an applicant requests a hearing date, which this applicant did more than 3 years ago, it should have an application that is ready to be approved. That was not the case with this application at the commencement of the 2016 hearing, it was not the case at the commencement of the 2019 hearing and, despite various revisions to the supporting evidence and 3 new sets of site plans which have been tendered over the course of the hearing, it still isn’t the case today.” Attached is a summary of CRC’s key arguments.

It will likely be three or four months before a decision is rendered.