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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  • 11th Annual Jim Cuddy Jamboree - Aug. 6, 2017

    In support of our Neighbour and Partner, CORE
    we are pleased to present.......

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    Full details.

  • The Co-Ordianted Land Review - its meaning and implications

    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.

    Sincerely,

    Shirley Boxem
    NDACT Chair

     

  • Greenbelt Harvest Picnic - Aug. 29, 2015

    Food & Water First will be there!

    Join in the festival.

    greenbelt-harvestDate: Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 midnight

    Location: Christie Lake, Dundas Ontario

    Purpose: raise awareness of the importance or the Greenbelt harvest, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement

    Full details and tickets.

    An outdoor concert featuring Arkells, Gordon Lightfoot, Iron and Wine and many more.

    There is also a line-up of artists, farmers, food vendors, organizations and seminars.

  • Shelburne Fiddle Contest Parade - Aug. 8, 2015

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    Time: Parade begins at 1:00 PM

    Parade route.

    Join in on the fun! We'll be there!

    Festival details.

  • Alliston Potato Festival - Aug. 7, 2015

    42nd Annual Alliston Potato Festival Parade

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    Date: Friday Aug. 7, 2015

    Time: Parade begins at 7 PM

    Route: start from Banting Memorial High School and proceed along Victoria Street

    Watch for our Food & Water First float!

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    Festival details.

  • Presentation of Dufferin Official Plan - July 10, 2014

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    Date: Thurs. July 10, 2014

    Time: 6:00 PM

    Location: Orangeville Agricultural Centre,
    247090 - 5 Side Road, Mono, ON L9W 6K5

    The Dufferin Official Plan will be prsented at this meeting.

    The public is welcome to observe.

    View agenda.

    http://www.dufferincounty.ca/planning/

     

     

     

     

     

  • Statutory Public Meeting on Dufferin Official Plan - Aug. 13, 2014

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    Date: August 13, 2014

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Location: Dufferin County Office, 55 Zina St., Orangeville, ON

    Download notice.

    Public can make delegations and submit comments.

    In order to have a party standing at the OMB, the public must speak at this meeting or provide written comments at this meeting.

    http://www.dufferincounty.ca/

     

     

  • Special Public Meeting on Dufferin Official Plan - Aug. 28, 2014

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    Date: August 28, 2014

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Location: Dufferin County Office, 55 Zina St., Orangeville, ON

    Special meeting of Dufferin County Council to consider the adoption of the Official Plan.

    Public welcome to observe.

    http://www.dufferincounty.ca/

     

     

  • Ask Candidates to Support Protection of Prime Farmland and Source Water Regions

    By the end of this week, five Ontario ridings will have chosen five new MPPs to sit in the Ontario legislature.

    These byelections offer voters an excellent opportunity to speak up and that's what we're asking you to do via e-mail by Thursday!

    It may be the dog days of summer, but please take a few moments to contact the candidates and ask them to support the protection of prime farmland and source water regions. Food & Water First!

    Below is a suggested letter to be sent to the various candidates.

    E-mail addresses are provided and can be copied into a single e-mail to be sent to all the candidates OR you can select individual candidates to contact. To the keyboards!

    Scarborough-Guildwood

    Liberal - Mitzie Hunter mitzie@votehunter.ca

    PC - Ken Kirupa ken@kenkirupa.ca

    NDP - Adam Giambrone adamgiambrone@ontariondp.ca

    Green - Nick Leeson nickleeson@gpo.ca

     

    Etobicoke-Lakeshore

    Liberal - Peter Milczyn peter@votepetermilczyn.ca

    PC - Doug Holyday info@dougholyday.ca

    NDP - PC Choo pcchoo@ontariondp.ca

    Green - Angela Salewsky angelasalewsky@gpo.ca

     

    Ottawa-South

    Liberal - John Fraser info@votejohnfraser.ca

    PC - Matt Young info@mattyoungpc.ca

    NDP - Bronwyn Funiciello bronwynfuniciello@ontariondp.ca

    Green - Taylor Howarth taylorhowarth@gpo.ca

     

    London-West

    Liberal - Ken Coran ken@votekencoran.ca

    PC - Ali Chahbar info@alichahbar.ca

    NDP - Peggy Sattler peggysattler@ontariondp.ca

    Green - Gary Brown garybrown@gpo.ca

     

    Windsor-Tecumseh

    Liberal - Jeewen Gill jeewen@jeewengill.ca

    PC - Robert deVerteuil http://windsortecumseh.ontariopc.com/Contact

    NDP - Percy Hatfield percyhatfield@ontariondp.ca

    Green - Adam Wright adamwright@gpo.ca

     

    Suggested letter: Please feel free to add your own thoughts/anecdotes/expertise!

    To the candidates in the provincial byelections,

    On August 1st, you may be elected to the Ontario legislature and, if so, you will represent the hopes and concerns of your constituents. I'm writing to ask you to give your support to an issue that is of growing importance to Ontarians: protection of this province's prime farmland and source water regions.

    As you're aware, a grassroots movement consisting of tens of thousands of citizens helped stop the proposed Highland mega quarry just 90 minutes northwest of Toronto. The mega quarry would have destroyed thousands of acres of Class 1 farmland and impacted a vital aquifer in north Dufferin County. Two weeks ago, the Highland Companies sold the land to Bonnefield Financial, a Canadian investment firm that purchases farmland and then leases it back to local farmers. This is a positive step in a five-year battle to protect rare farmland and water resources so close to Canada's largest city.

    However, Ontario's prime farmland and water resources remain vulnerable to development, aggregate operations and other non-farming operations. As the climate changes and our population grows, the demand for food security will increase. Ontario is home to the best agricultural soil in the country as well as Canada's largest agri-food sector. We must not squander these strategic and perpetual resources. Other jurisdictions in Europe and the U.S. are taking steps to protect their prime farmland for food production. We should be leading the way in Canada. In fact, thousands of Ontarians who fought the mega quarry are now engaged in this effort. The fresh campaign is called Food & Water First.

    As a new representative in the legislature, I ask you to encourage your party to demand the preservation of Ontario's prime farmland and source water regions. Our future depends on it.

    Sincerely,

  • Honeywood Beef BBQ - Sat. July 27, 2013

    We will be at the 48th Annual Honeywood Beef BBQ

    Come Join Us!

    Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013

    Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Location: Honeywood Arena, 706114 County Rd. 21, Honeywood, L0N 1H0

    Map and Directions: http://www.arenamaps.com/view_arena.php?id=1633

    Price per meal: $15.00 - pay at the door

    Click here to see  a YouTube video promoting the BBQ in 2011.

  • NDACT Annual Meeting - July 13, 2013

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    Attention all NDACT members and supporters.

     

    NDACT Annual Meeting - July 13, 2013

    Time: 9:30 AM

    Location: Horning's Mills Community Hall, 14 Mill St., Horning's Mills
    (North of Shelburne, off Main Street in Horning's Mills)

    Purpose & Agenda:

    • For the purpose of receiving and reviewing the financial statements of the corporation and to present the current slate of directors
    • NDACT Chair, Carl Cosack, will also speak about our current issues
    • Membership Drive – This meeting is also an opportunity to renew your membership which gives you a voice, a vote at the annual meeting, and ensures that ndact continues to have the resources to carry on initiatives. There is strength in numbers.
    • Question period

     

    Refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you there!

    Questions? Contact info@ndact.com

  • NDACT Annual Meeting - July 13, 2013

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    Attention all NDACT members and supporters.

     

    NDACT Annual Meeting - July 13, 2013

    Time: 9:30 AM

    Location: Horning's Mills Community Hall, 14 Mill St., Horning's Mills
    (North of Shelburne, off Main Street in Horning's Mills)

    Purpose & Agenda:

    • For the purpose of receiving and reviewing the financial statements of the corporation and to present the current slate of directors
    • NDACT Chair, Carl Cosack, will also speak about our current issues
    • Membership Drive – This meeting is also an opportunity to renew your membership which gives you a voice, a vote at the annual meeting, and ensures that ndact continues to have the resources to carry on initiatives. There is strength in numbers.
    • Question period

     

    Refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you there!

    Questions? Contact info@ndact.com

  • Stomp 2012 - Race Results

    stomp-final-logo-thumbnailClick here to view Bike Tour results.

    Click here to view Sportstats Run/Cycle 5K results.

    Click here to view Sportstats Run/Cycle 10K results.

    Click here to view 5K Team Scoring - Best 3 Finishers in Each Team.

    Click here to view Half Marathon results.


    Results are shown on Sportstats website.

    http://www.sportstats.ca/

     

  • Mega Quarry Town Hall - Mon. July 30, 2012

    Date: Monday July 30, 2012

    Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Location: Sorauren Park Fieldhouse, 50 Wabash Avenue, Toronto

    (at the corner of Wabash and Sorauren - click here for map)

    Organized by: MP Peggy Nash

    Featuring Speakers:

    • Carl Cosack from the North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Society
    • Sandi Wong from Artists Against the Mega Quarry.

     

     



  • Jim Cuddy & Friends - Sat. Jul 21, 2012

    lyric-pond-2012-thumbIn Solidarity With Our Friends From CORE

    we would like to announce Core's Concert at Lyric Pond

    Date: Saturday July 21, 2012

    Time: 6:00 PM

    Location: 597425 - 2nd Line West, Honeywood (Mulmur Township)

    Featuring:

    • a buffet
    • entertainmemt  lineup includes, Jim Cuddy, Bazil Donavan, Joel Anderson, Anne Lindsay, Colin Cripps, Barney Bentall, Andy Maize & Tim Magwood

    Reserve tickets by email: Norm MacEachern norm@informationpackaging.ca

    For full details and ticket prices, click here or CORE's website link below:

    http://www.corecares.ca/index.htm_/HOME.html 

  • NDACT Merchandise - Hoodies

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    hoodies-black-thumbnailThe Bobolink design called "SAVE LIFE"

    designed by 2nd year OCAD student Avarie Graham.

    Avarie Graham is a 20 year old 2nd year student in the Graphic Design program at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. In response to Linda Montgomery’s Drawing Translation class research Project on the Melancthon Mega Quarry, Avarie and her 40 classmates each designed a poster depicting their own personal interpretation of the proposed Mega Quarry. Avarie’s image highlights the threat to the natural environment, as symbolized by the tree, as well to wildlife, shown as the bird and reflective of the Bobolink which inhabits the grasslands of the proposed quarry site. Avarie plans to pursue a career in Creative Advertising and Print Media. Contact Avarie: avariegraham@hotmail.com

    They are available in:

    • black pullover style with the logo on the front
    •  charcoal grey zipper style with logo on the back
    • sizes S - XXL

    These are available through Julie Roy at rjroy@eol.ca

     

  • StoMp the Mega Quarry - July 28, 2012

    stomp-final-logo-thumbnailThis event will celebrate Ontario's Prime Farmland and Fresh Water.
    Raising awareness and funds to directly support the non profit NDACT in its efforts to preserve these most precious resources.

    All levels of walkers, runners and cyclists will experience a scenic, fun and challenging course that features rolling hills and beautiful fertile countryside threatened by the proposed massive Mega Quarry.

     

    Click on poster for full details.

  • NDACT - 4th Annual Golf Tournament - July 5, 2012

    Golf, Dinner & Silent Auction Featuring Bateman Lithograph

    golf-tourn-2012-thumbDate: Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Time: 9:30 AM Registration, 11:00 AM tee off time, 6:00 PM Dinner begins followed by Silent Auction, Awards, Prizes & Draws

    Location: Shelburne Golf Club

    $155 per Golfer includes 18 holes, power cart, dinner & silent auction

    $55 per person includes dinner & silent auction (You don't need to golf to enjoy this event.)

    Click on posters for full details.

    • Hole in One Sponsored by Gimme Shelter - a $25,000 value!

     

    bateman-250wFantastic Silent Auction Items Featuring:

    "Peregrine and Young"

    Robert Bateman Original Lithograph

     

    • Artist Proof 11/23
    • Professionally framed 24" x 27"
    • Suggested retail value of $1,850.00

     

    Click here for Registration and Sponsorship forms.

    Registration form is page 1, Sponsorship form is page 2.

    Contacts:

    • RON & DONNA WILSON 519-925-3645
    • RICK WALLACE 519-925-0661
    • ARCH MCLEAN 416-449-3455
    • ROGER ST. GERMAIN 519-217-2293
    • DICK BYFORD 519-925-5251
    • COLLEEN VANDER ZAAG 519-925-9491
  • Jim Cuddy Concert at Lyric Pond - July 31, 2015

    Conserve Our Rural Environment (CORE)

    Presents:

    Concert at Lyric Pond

    In support of challenging inappropriate land use in Mulmur and Melancthon

    When: July 31, 2015

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    Click on image for enlargement and details.

    Join Jim Cuddy and Friends

    Begins at 6 PM - Lyric Pond, Mulmur

    Hosts: Melody & Bill Duron

    Tickets and full details.