In 2011, The Highland Companies, filed an application with the province for the largest quarry in Canadian history on the best farmland in Ontario and at the headwaters of five river systems. The mega Quarry would have sprawled across 2,316 acres and would have plunged 200 feet below the water table on a 15,000 acre plateau of Class 1 farmland. The massive open-pit limestone quarry would have put rare agricultural soil and precious water resources at risk in Melancthon Township. A large and diverse group of rural and urban residents launched a Stop the Mega Quarry movement. It was a success.
On November 21, 2012, The Highland Companies announced it was withdrawing its Mega Quarry application and plans for a rail corridor through Dufferin County to Owen Sound. However, the fate of the land and water was unknown. Highland Companies still owned 6,500 acres of Class 1 farmland and could re-apply at any time.
Then on July 16, 2013, Bonnefield Financial, an investment firm specializing in acquiring farmland, bought all of Highland's land. Bonnefield's president, Tom Eisenhauser, announced the fields will continue to be farmed. After many years of uncertainty, it seems the best agricultural soil in the province and its bounty are safe for the time being.
While the Melancthon fields may be secure, Ontario's prime farmland and source water regions remain vulnerable. The present Provincial Policy Statement and Aggregate Resources Act still allow non-farming development on land and water that sustain us. Until legislation is changed, these vital resources are still at risk.
We must now ensure that our source waters and prime agricultural lands are protected, and not at risk of being destroyed.....thus the beginning of our:
Food & Water First campaign, round 2 of 2.
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Public Meeting Announcement
July 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Horning's Mills Community Centre, 14 Mill St., Horning's Mills
We are at a critical juncture in land planning. Policy change and advocacy does not have many thrilling moments, and there are precious few opportunities to impact policy. When one comes along we need to seize it.
The Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review draft is now available for public comment. It is the result of thousands of submissions and many public meetings. This is a rare watershed moment and our time to speak with a united voice. This policy will have implications on the Mega Quarry lands, prime farmland and watersheds across this province. In other words it will affect all of us in Ontario.
Since the Highlands Company withdrew its application, there have been few asks or calls to action, yet NDACT has remained vigilant towards permanent protection of prime food producing land. Through our campaign of Food&WaterFirst we have kept you informed on the issues and the movement of the Provincial Policy statement, the Aggregate Resources Act (public input complete, awaiting a draft) and now the Co-ordinated Review. Once these pieces of policy become legislation they will likely be closed for years.
The Co-ordinated Review draft needs explanation for most of us. What exactly does it mean and what are the implications?
To help us understand what it means and what our comments should be, NDACT is hosting a Public Meeting on July 28 with Victor Doyle and Janet Horner.
Victor is the Manager of the Coordinated Review process and will give us an overview of the proposed changes.
Janet Horner is a Mulmur councilor, the Dufferin representative on the NEC, and the Executive Director of the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance. Janet will articulate further what the draft means for Dufferin.
For our local supporters and residents, Tom Eisenhauer of Bonnefield Financial will also be with us to give an update of how land ownership is doing under their investment model, and will highlight this as a viable option to keep farmland for farming.
All of this will help to inform NDACT on our submission to the review and what we will encourage partners and supporters of NDACT to submit. We hope that you as our neighbours, friends and partner organizations will join us to be informed together.
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The Coordinated Land Review - What does it mean for us?
Click on poster for enlargement and links.
Why is this meeting important?
NDACT Chair, Shirley Boxem explains its implications.
The NDACT A.G.M. will follow the public meeting.
WRITTEN NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS OF NORTH DUFFERIN AGRICULTURAL AND COMMUNITY TASKFORCE, INC.
Date of this notice: June 24, 2015
Attention: All Members of North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce, Inc.
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting will be held as follows:
To be held on Thursday July 28, 2016, 7:00 pm
Location: Horning’s Mills Community Centre, 14 Mill St., Horning's Mills
This meeting will be held for the following business purposes:
1. To elect Directors;
2. To receive and consider the financial statements of the Corporation; and
3. Transact any and all such business that may lawfully come before such meeting.
Persons who are entitled to vote comprise the Corporation’s Directors, and those Members in good standing that have paid their annual Membership dues in respect of the calendar year 2016, either prior to this date or at any time up to the commencement of this Annual Meeting, and who have been accepted as Members by the Corporation.
Any Member who will be unable to attend has the right to vote by proxy.
Shirley Boxem, Chair
Brian Bell, Vice Chair