On Tuesday, October 23 members of Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC) signed a public letter to Premier Doug Ford asking him to direct the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, newly appointed John Yakabuski, to meet with community leaders in Guelph Eramosa Township and Halton Region at the Minister’s earliest opportunity. CRC presented the letter to Parm Gill, MPP for Milton who will deliver the letter to the Premier.
The purpose of the proposed meeting with the community is to discuss the application by James Dick Construction Ltd. for a quarry license to extract aggregate at the “Hidden Quarry” site 1000 metres from the town of Rockwood in the Paris Galt Moraine… Click here for full release
What a night! Tuesday night’s CRC Community Meeting filled the Eden Mills Community Hall to the rafters!
The impending LPAT (previously named OMB) Hearing May 21, 2019 has set us an urgent timetable to raise funds for our case in the LPAT court and to build our case in the court of public opinion.
At the meeting we talked about building on our investment to date – the $500,000 we have already raised as a community and the expert case these funds have permitted us to build.
We talked about two imperatives for CRC: – not only about 1) preparing for the LPAT Hearing, but also 2) about shining a public spotlight on the issues raised by the Hidden Quarry proposal so that we don’t just get lost in the LPAT ‘bubble’, ie. in the regulations of a hermetically sealed process when real lives and livelihoods, natural environment and water protection are at stake.
The LPAT (aka OMB) hearings to decide the fate of the proposed Hidden Quarry shall be held over eight consecutive weeks commencing 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019.
The case AGAINST the quarry is VERY STRONG, and growing stronger with the CRC’s ongoing investment in science based research. With the community’s continued support we are very optimistic that the final decision will save Rockwood and the surrounding region from this unnecessary quarry that would,
pollute the area’s water supply,
create air and sound pollution,
put residents and motorists at risk from dangerous blasting and increased truck traffic,
disrupting the agricultural economy,
impact species at risk and brook trout habitat
put our homes and heritage building foundations at risk from blasting vibration
and many other negative social and environmental impacts.