Quarry Approved

LPAT Hidden Quarry Decision

To CRC Supporters all –

It is with deep regret that I am bringing bad news regarding the Hidden Quarry adjudication. This morning we received the decision of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) approving, with conditions, the application by JDCL to excavate the Hidden Quarry in Rockwood. CRC’s Board and our legal counsel are reviewing the decision and will follow up soon with a copy of the decision itself and our comments following our Board meeting tomorrow evening. I know that the LPAT decision will be deeply troubling to many in our community, and I can speak for my colleagues on the Board in saying that this news is devastating.


Doug Tripp

Newsletter – In Memoriam – Dr. Karl Schiefer

Newsletter – In Memoriam – Dr. Karl Schiefer

It is with deep regret that we must share the news that Dr. Karl Schiefer died last fall.  This gentle and learned man came to our community, on behalf of CRC, to assess the fish and fish habitat in Brydson Creek in November 2014.  As he said at the LPAT Hearing, he came with just his boots, notebook, camera and fishing net and discovered a thriving brook trout population there, worthy of protection.  His statement at LPAT last summer was as clear as the sparkling waters of Brydson Creek. Doug Tripp remembers his testimony:

Karl was an articulate and compelling advocate for environmental protection. His summary of the Hidden Quarry proposal, which was particularly apt, was: “There are fragile source waters from ponds and wetlands to the north flowing through the quarry site, and an environmentally sensitive cold water stream and pond providing fish habitat immediately to the south, and they want to blast a 100-foot deep hole and build a heavy industrial operation right in the middle. What could possibly go wrong!”

We were privileged to know Karl Schiefer.

The Star published the obituary below.


1944 – 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Karl Schiefer announce his passing after a hard-fought battle with cancer on September 17, 2019. He will be deeply missed by his wife Beverley, children Erik (Amanda) and Kimberley (Greg), and grandchildren Victoria, Morgan, Lucy and Jane. Karl was born in Toronto, on January 27, 1944, to Ludwig and Henrietta Schiefer. He was preceded in death by his brother Jim. Dear Uncle to Jamie (Alexa), Brother-in-Law to Annie (Jim) and Sharon (Brian) Antaya. Karl was a scientist, with degrees from the University of Guelph (BSc) and University of Waterloo (MSc, PhD). He was an assistant professor at the University of Waterloo. Karl spearheaded numerous research projects, primarily in the field of Aquatic Biology. Beyond being a scientist Karl was a successful businessman. He was the Director of numerous corporations in Canada and the US, and served as long-time President of Beak International, recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Private Companies (1994). Karl cared deeply about wildlife and the environment, especially around the family home in Caledon, Georgian Bay, and the Great Lakes Region. Karl savored life and loved outdoor activities such as seeking solitude canoeing in Algonquin Park or hiking the Bruce Trail with his Golden. He enjoyed a rich life and was deeply loved by his family and friends. Karl and Beverley traveled extensively and shared strong life values. If desired, donations to the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Georgian Bay Land Trust or Greenpeace Canada would be appreciated by the family. A celebration of life will be held in the Spring.

Newsletter – What’s New…What’s Not?

CRC Newsletter 2020-01-26 What’s… New What’s Not


Deep in mid-winter we are remembering last summer’s hot LPAT Hearing on the fate of the Hidden Quarry application, now more than 6 months ago.  Everywhere we go people are asking “Have you heard any news?”  As of today, the answer is still a definite “no”.  No news, except that we know that our adjudicator Scott Tousaw has been hearing other cases during this interim time, so we are not the only case on his mind.  As for our case, the height of the tower of evidence may be an indicator that 6 months of study and analysis is not sufficient for the kind of thorough legal decision which Mr. Tousaw must make.  We can only counsel patience.  Rest assured we will let you know as soon as we hear anything.

  Drop-off Bottles!

CRC is still raising funds. When Carol Solomon was concerned that she couldn’t make a significant cash donation to CRC, she opened up her own bottle drive to raise funds instead.  She has raised more than $4600 so far!  Special thanks to Heaven on Seven – their bottles all come to Carol, about $1770 of Carol’s total! Her donation barrel is still ready for more bottles – 225 Ridge Top Crescent in Rockwood!

  DeliberationsYour CRC Board continues to meet to keep on top of developments.  Other communities are reaching out to us as well to learn from our experience.  The Hidden Quarry fight is well known and the work of this community has inspired others.  At the same time, we are in discussions about working with other organizations to address policy issues related to aggregate development in Ontario.  CRC is a force!

 Déjà vu!


The Bernardi Pit (not quarry) east of the Guelph Line and west of Wheeler Court is opening again after being dormant for many years.  The pit was licenced years ago, so no application is required.   If you have been wondering what is happening… the link to GET’s description of the situation is below, including site plans.  The good news is that the area open for extraction is much smaller at 7 acres than the original licenced acreage because of negotiations at the time that the Harris Mill School was built.