(North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce, Inc.)
We are an incorporated, not for profit, entity which was formed in January 2009 by concerned citizens from Melancthon and Mulmur Townships.
The NDACT executive board was formed by a group of volunteers nominated by community members.
At the inaugural meeting, members of the community gathered to voice their concerns and to find out more about The Highland Companies plans regarding the more than 6,000 acres of prime agricultural land that they had amassed as of that date. Up to that point in time, and for a lengthy period of time afterwards, Highland reiterated to the community that they had been acquiring large tracts of agricultural land solely with a view to creating a world class farming operation, but residents were highly skeptical.
By the date of the meeting, there was a growing suspicion in the area that other plans were afoot, although the applicant would not clearly admit so. There was significant evidence that the applicant was undertaking activities that were inconsistent with its stated intentions (of just being interested in potato farming) including well testing and drilling, archaeological studies, woodlot and fence row clearing and the demolition of homesteads. Highland stated that these activities were merely to improve their farming operations.
- Published on Thursday, 18 April 2013 19:31
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We are pleased to announce......
the addition of Shirley Boxem, Brian Bell and Tom Long to our Board of Directors.
Tom and Brian were voted onto the Board at the April 13, 2013 NDACT Board meeting. Shirley, the NDACT Secretary was accepted on previously. She is retaining her Secretary postion.
Together, Brian and Tom bring a wealth of experience and will help us reach our goal of completing Round 2 of 2.
Welcome Brian and Tom!
- Published on Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:22
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Tilson Presents 30 diamond Jubilee Medals
November 16, 2012
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CALEDON – Member of Parliament David Tilson presented thirty residents of Dufferin-Caledon with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal during a ceremony in Caledon East Thursday evening. The Diamond Jubilee medal program is a legacy activity that honours Her Majesty and recognizes the service of Canadians from all walks of life and backgrounds who have made significant contributions to their communities. At the commencement of the presentation ceremony, Mr. Tilson said "It gives me great pleasure to honour the 60 year reign of a Sovereign who has dedicated her life to the service of others and who has demonstrated pride and affection for Canada. The thirty citizens honoured here tonight have certainly made outstanding contributions to their communities and their country!"
Dale is at the very top of the stairs, on the left, against the railing.
Dale is a Melancthon potato farmer, past president of the North Dufferin Agricultural Taskforce. Community activist fighting to preserve the non-renewable resources of North Dufferin – including the headwaters and prime agricultural farmland.
To read more and see complete list of recipients, click here.
Posted on the website of David Tilson MP - Dufferin-Caledon
- Published on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:18
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A genuine ‘thank you’ to community builders
By Matthew Kellway, MP, Beaches/East York • February 19, 2013
On Sunday, Feb. 10, I awarded Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medals to the following: Mustaq Ahmed, Beth Aikenhead, Carol Anderson, (Jude) Frank Babineau, Anne Butler, Michael Chambers, Mary Christie, Fuad Chowdhury, Jean Cochrane, Carl Cosack, Elizabeth Dove-Djuric, Ruth Ewert, Edward Fullerton, Dan Hill, Jane Huggins, Mike Larson, Jane Lennox-King, Jim Lister, Bernie Lucht, Malcolm MacPherson, Chris McKhool, Bob Murdoch, Arie Nerman, Victoria Nolan, Helen Pearce, Catherine Porter, Wayne Roberts, Jeannie Smith, Harold Timms, Terry Watada, and Joan Wood.
Following are the words that I shared with them, their families and friends:
It is my privilege to represent a community with so many talented, skilled and generous people. So many among us are worthy and owed, somehow, our very public thanks and praise. I can tell you that you, the recipients of the Jubilee Medal, stand out in the community, but you are also representative of a community that is generous, skilled and talented. That much became obvious in sifting through the many nominations submitted – it was a great reminder of how lucky we are to live where we do.
So, congratulations to you all! The commemorative medal that you are about to receive – the Jubilee Medal - marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth the Second’s ascension to the Throne as Queen of Canada.
Over the past year, Canadians have being honoured for significant contributions and accomplishments and/or distinguished service to their fellow citizens, to their community and to their country.
As a Member of Parliament, I’m somewhat embarrassed to say, I have been deemed to qualify for this Jubilee Medal. Personally, I think it’s a bit premature. I can only tell you that by the time the voters retire me from this vocation – or I retire myself – I hope to have met the qualifying standard and be as worthy of this honour as the rest of you.
Also as a Member of Parliament, I have been provided with 30 Jubilee Medals to distribute to those who, in my judgment, have met that standard. I assure you that that is not an easy task.
With just 30 medals to give out, that made choosing the few amongst the 110,000 residents of Beaches-East York a big challenge. And, of course, there are many more who are eligible for consideration by virtue of their influence or impact on our community even though they don’t reside here amongst us.
You will find, I think, when you get an opportunity to meet and chat with each other, that what all of you have in common with each other is a certain modesty – a modesty entirely inconsistent with your accomplishments and the gifts you have shared with this community and this country.
Beyond that modesty, your gifts to us, to this community and our country, have come in many forms: words – spoken, written and sung – music, ideas, time, triumphs and courage. But they are all gifts of such great generosity and value that it was only ever right that we find an opportunity to say thank you. The 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's ascension to the throne has provided us with that opportunity.
Sometimes we say “thank you” as a matter of course, as a matter of politeness. But you will know that there are times when we say “thank you” because we can’t contain it. It is an irrepressible urge and is done with joy and enthusiasm when the gift we have received is so great.
This, today, is that kind of “thank you” to you – one given with great joy and enthusiasm – because your gifts to us have been so great. And, I can tell you, that it is a great privilege for me to be the one to say it, on behalf of our community.
Posted in "Beach Metro Community News", Feb. 19, 2013
- Published on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:37
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Mega-culinary event to stop controversial Mega-Quarry set for Woodbine Park, October 21st
For Immediate Release July 30, 2012
TORONTO – On October 21st, the Canadian Chefs’ Congress and David Suzuki Foundation will
host Soupstock, a mega-culinary event to raise awareness about the fight to stop the Highland
Companies’ proposed limestone Mega-Quarry in the Township of Melancthon, 100 kilometres
northwest of Toronto.
The event will feature more than 200 Canadian chefs, some of Canada’s best, including Jamie
Kennedy, Anthony Walsh and John Higgins, who will concoct original soup creations to celebrate
the Melancthon region’s rich agricultural, cultural and natural history.
- Published on Saturday, 18 February 2012 15:51
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Published in The Citizen, February 9, 2012