Overview

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.

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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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  • 50th Annual Honeywood Beef BBQ - July 25, 2015

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    Time: 5 - 7:30 PM

    Where: Honeywood Arena, Honeywood

    $17.50 Adults, $7.50 Children 12 and under
    Children years and younger are free.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

  • Public open houses: Land Use Planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

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    On May 10, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry released proposed changes to four land use plans: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Niagara Escarpment Plan.

    The province is seeking feedback on the proposed changes until September 30, 2016. 12 public open houses were  planned across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Niagara Escarpment Plan Area to provide an opportunity to learn more about the proposed changes to the four plans. You are invited to attend one of the remaining public open houses: 

    Location Date Venue
    Oshawa* Thursday June 23, 2016,
    5-8pm
    Durham College – Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre
    21 Avenue of Champions
    Toronto* Monday June 27, 2016,
    5-8pm
    Toronto Reference Library
    789 Yonge Street
    Peterborough Tuesday June 28, 2016,
    5-8pm
    Evinrude Centre
    911 Monaghan Road
    Owen Sound Tuesday July 5, 2016, 5-8pm Bayshore Arena
    1900 3rd Avenue East
     Oakville* Thursday July 7, 2016, 5-8pm Oakville Town Hall
    1225 Trafalgar Rd

    A star (*) indicates Public Open Houses where French language materials will also be displayed.

    Ministry staff will be on site to answer questions about the proposed changes to the plans. No registration is required.

    If you have a personal accommodation requirement, please contact them by email at landuseplanningreview@ontario.ca or telephone at 1-800-665-1120 at least three days in advance of the Public Open House that you plan to attend.

    Please visit  www.ontario.ca/landuseplanningreview  to find Shaping Land Use in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a guide to proposed changes to the land use plans and the four proposed revised plans.

    Information on how to provide input, as well as the dates and locations of public open houses can be found at http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10882.aspx

  • Important NDACT Public Meeting & AGM - July 28, 2016

    The Coordinated Land Review -  What does it mean for us?

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     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.

    (the “Corporation”)

    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

     

  • Biz Baz Bizarre Bazaar - July 25 & 26, 2015

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    Join us in being part of this unique experience in the country.

    Dates: July 25 & 26, 2015

    Time: 10 AM - 6 PM

    Where: Osprey Valley Golf, 18821 Main St., Caledon

    You can learn, participate, socialize, eat, drink and shop from over 70 artisans.
    Where else can you:
    get a tattoo - eat crickets - see a drone - hit a golf ball -
    have some cider - pat an alpaca - play kin-ball -
    enjoy a taco - have your nails done - buy some art
    or just sit and soak-in the atmosphere of one of the most
    beautiful golf courses in Ontario.

    More details.

  • Horning's Mills Park Community Fun Day - June 28, 2015


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    They are celebrating the opening of their new park and we will be there, joining in on the fun!

    Time: 11AM - 3 PM

    Where: Horning's Mills Park, Main St. and 15th Sideroad, Hornings Mills

    A great family day with live music, games and more.

    More details.

  • Not-So-Hollow-Farm: June 20, 2015

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    Ontario Native Plant Nursery

    Time: 9 AM - 5 PM

    Where: Not-So-Hollow Farm, Mulmur ON

    Find out more.

    Drop in for a visit.

  • Aboriginal Day in Orangeville - June 21, 2014

    1st Annual National Aboriginal Day in Orangeville

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    Date: June 21, 2014

    Location: Alexandra Park (Second St. and First Ave.), Orangeville, ON

    Time: 9 AM - 7 PM

    • A special day to celebrate and experience the traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.
    • Enjoy traditional foods, interactive round dancing, live music, drumming & storytelling.
    • Many traditional arts and crafts artists will be on hand to show and discuss their beautiful work. 
    • A wonderful family friendly, community building event!

     

    Program and more details at: http://www.aboriginaldayinorangeville.com/

     

    "The First Nations have been instrumental in helping us get the level of attention to our mega quarry issue, as well as having taught many of us about the importance of food and water."
    Carl Cosack

     

     

     

     

  • NDACT 2014 Annual General Meeting - July 10

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    NDACT's Annual General Meeting for members will be held

    Date: Thursday, July 10, 2014

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location: Horning's Mills Community Hall, 14 Mill St., Horning's Mills

    If you are not a paid member for 2014, and would like to attend and have voting privileges, you may come to the meeting and pay your $30.00 membership at the meeting.

    Membership forms

     

    WRITTEN NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS OF NORTH DUFFERIN AGRICULTURAL AND COMMUNITY TASKFORCE, INC.

    (the “Corporation”)

    Date of this notice: June 5, 2014

    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 10, 2014, 7:00 pm

    Location: Horning’s Mills Community Centre

    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 2014, 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.

    ___________________________________

    Carl Cosack, Chair

  • Download Map for GPS Tour

    Welcome to the self directed GPS tour!

    Trace the footprint of the 2,300-acre quarry and see the rare vegetable land that was saved.  The GPS Tour can take as little as 2 hours or as long as you want.  Spring, summer, fall and winter – every time you take the tour, you’ll discover something new!

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    •   see crops growing in fertile farmland

    •   fish/swim/hike/ski/snowshoe in season

    •   sample local cuisine

    •   stay at a country B&B    

    •   purchase fresh local food at farm gates & markets

    •   enjoy historic villages and sites

    Download the map and GPS coordinates along with our fun scavenger hunt.

     

     

     

     

     

    Load up the car with family and friends. 

    Let your adventure begin! 

    Please remember to respect private property.

    Leave only footprints. Take only memories.

  • Food Security Presentation at LPO Central Region Day - June 2, 2013

    Food Security Presentation by NDACT

    at  The Liberal Party of Ontario Central Regional  Meeting

    Location: Nottawasaga Inn Resort & Conference Centre
    6015 Highway 89
    Alliston, Ontario L9R1A4

    Date and Time: Sunday June 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

     

  • Ontario Rivers Alliance Meeting - June 8, 2013

    ORA (Ontario Rivers Alliance) Annual Meeting June 8, 2013

    Carl Cosack, NDACT Chair, will be the Keynote speaker at their Annual Meeting in North Bay.

    ORA is one of our Food & Water Partners. http://ontarioriversalliance.ca/

  • The Big Carrot - June 6, 2013

    Food & Water First will be at The Big Carrot!

    When: June 6, 2013

    Location:

    The Big Carrot Natural Food Market
    348 Danforth Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario M4K 1N8
    Main Store: 416.466.212

    We will have signs available for your SPRING PLANTING

    http://www.thebigcarrot.ca/

  • Council of Canadians Meeting - June 13, 2012

    Council of Canadians - Simcoe Region Chapter - Meeting

    When: Wednesday June 13, 2012

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Location: Barrie Public Library

    For more information about the Council of Canadians, please go to:

    http://www.canadians.org/index.html

     

  • Ecofest Barrie - June 9 & 10, 2012

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    Times: Sat. June 9, 2012, 10 AM - 10 PM

                                       Sun. June 10, 2012, 10 AM - 5 PM

                                       Location: Heritage Park, Barrie, Ontario

    Ecofest Barrie is a community collaboration that brings together individuals and organizations from many walks of life under the common theme of building a sustainable future. People come together to celebrate nature and share ideas on protecting our planet while creating a healthy, prosperous, inclusive community.

    Visit NDACT in the non-profit tent.

  • ‘En Plein Air’ Paint In - June 30, 2012

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    Artists Against The Mega Quarry

    ‘En Plein Air’ Paint In.  

    In Hornings Mills, ON

    Date: June 30, 2012

    Rain Date: July 1, 2012

    Time: 10 AM - 3 PM

    Location: Wallyngton, 132 Main St., Hornings Mills, ON

    30 Artists painting the land and water at risk

    Click on poster for larger scale poster.

    Free bus tour of the area's land and water at risk- by NDACT Chair, Carl Cosack

    Bring your own picnic. Beverages available for purchase.

    Performances by local tunesmith Ed Roman.

    NDACT information available.

    Free event-donations accepted to support the Campaign to Stop the Mega Quarry

     More details will follow at:  http://www.artistsagainstthemegaquarry.com/

  • The View From Here City Show and Sale - June 1 to July 1, 2012

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    Artists Against The Mega Quarry 

    Viewing: June 1- July 1 (call 416 924-9654 during the week)

    Reception - Sunday June 10 from 12:30-2:00pm

    Location:The First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto,

    175 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto (at Avenue Rd). 

    Click here for directions.