NDACT

(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.

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    Read our October 2014 Newsletter.

  • Sneak Preview of Community Play - Sun. Oct. 6, 2013

    “Digging Deeper: A Mega-Quarry Community Play” Sneak Preview

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    Presented by Everybody’s Theatre Company and the Rural Learning Association, with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, this is a sneak preview of a community-engaged play that will tell the dramatic story behind the mega-quarry battle, including the withdrawal by Highland Companies and the recent purchase by by Bonnefields.




    When: Sunday October 6, 2013

    Time: Begins at 12:00 Noon

    Where: Avening Community Hall, 3401 County Rd. 42 Avening, Creemore, ON 705-466-5932

    This preview will include readings from the draft script, costume design drawings, plus songs-in-progress and some initial choreography – all created in collaboration with local people and under the creative guidance of playwright Dale Hamilton musical composer James Gordon, visual artist Sandi Wong and choreographers Ayrlie MacEachern and Sarah Felschow.

    Be part of the audience on Sunday October 6 at 12:00 noon at the Avening Hall.

  • Reminder: Soupstock - this coming Sunday

    A reminder about Soupstock:

    When : This coming Sunday  - October 21

    soupstock-1The event will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

    Where:  Woodbine Park , Toronto (Queen St. E. & Coxwell area)

    Presented by: The Canadian Chefs’ Council and the David Suzuki Foundation

    WHAT DOES IT COST?

    The event is free admission, so all are welcome.

    Tickets will be sold for soup at a price of $10 for 3 servings.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?

    Please bring your own bowls, spoons and napkins.

     

    All proceeds from Soupstock will go to the Canadian Chefs’ Congress and David Suzuki Foundation. They will be used to continue building a community of support for stopping the controversial Mega-Quarry and for other environmental and food-related issues.

    NDACT will have 2 booths in the "Friends of Soupstock" section. Drop in to see us! We will have brochures and merchandise including our new Bumper Stickers and Save Life hoodies.

     The "Friends of Soupstock" section, is the "Star" section of the map, at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Coxwell Avenue.

    Click here for the site map.

    Come and enjoy soup from over 200 chefs and live performances. George Stroumboulopoulos and Jeremy Taggart will be the Masters of Ceremonies.

    Come and visit us! We hope to see you there.

    Don’t forget your bowl, spoon and napkin!

    For full details, please go to:http://www.soupstock.ca/?page_id=12

  • Artists Against the Mega Quarry - in Celebration of Soupstock - Oct 18 - 22/12

    Celebrate the Land that Feeds Us

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    In Celebration of Soupstock

    When: Thursday, October 18 - Monday October 22, 2012

    Opening Reception: Thursday, October 18 7:00PM - 9:00PM

    Where: Essentia, 2180 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON (in the Beach)


    soupstock-webArtists and Chefs unite to stop the proposed Melancthon Mega Quarry north of Toronto!

     

    On Sunday, October 21st, the Canadian Chefs Congress and David Suzuki Foundation will host
    Soupstock at Woodbine Park, Toronto - a culinary celebration of the land that feeds us.


    Artists against the MegaQuarry will showcase the beauty of the fields, rivers and forests at risk, with proceeds going to the campaign to stop the proposed Mega Quarry.


    Time: Store hours T/F 10am- 9pm S/S 10-5pm
    Reception speakers:

    • Carl Cosack, Chair of NDACT
    • Faisal Moola of the David Suzuki Foundation
    •  NDP MP Matthew Kellway

    For poster and full details click here.

  • OCADU Mega Quarry Posters on Display - For Month of October, 2012

    OCADU (Ontario College of Art & Design University) Mega Quarry Posters

    On Display Beginning October 9 & 11, 2012

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    At : MP Matthew Kellway's constituency office in the Beach, Toronto

    On display Tuesday October 9, 2012, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

     

     

     

    At: Mildred's Temple Kitchen in Liberty Village, Toronto

    Opening Reception Thursday, October 11, 2012, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    The posters will remain on display, leading up to Soupstock on October 21, 2012

     

    For more details about the posters go to:http://www.ndact.com/index.php/media-stories/media-stories-blogs/414-ocadu-winning-posters

    and http://www.ndact.com/index.php/events/368-design-students-mega-quarry-posters-march-26-april-2-2012-2012

  • Soupstock - Toronto, Oct. 21, 2012

    Presented by: the Canadian Chefs' Council and the David Suzuki Foundation

    soupstock-1Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012

    Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location: Woodbine Park, Toronto

    Funds raised will go to the David Suzuki Foundation, to be used to build a community of support for stopping the proposed Melancthon Mega Quarry and for other environmental and food-related issues.

    For full details, please go to: http://www.soupstock.ca/

    Please bring your own bowl, spoon and napkin.

    Bowls and spoons will be available for purchase, if you forget to bring your own.

  • Media - Articles, Blogs and Videos About Our Magical Day

    Foodstock draws thousands against mega quarry

    Posted in "BlogTO", Monday, October 17, 2011

    By Emily Burke

    http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2011/10/foodstock_draws_thousands_against_mega_quarry/

  • Mono Mulmur Citizen's Coalition Meeting - Sat. October 22, 2011

    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 noon

    Location: Mulmur Township Hall, 758070-2nd Line East, Terra Nova

    Catch up and be informed about several issues:

    • Airport Road Proposed Gravel Pit - presented by CORE
    • Wind Turbines, Mulmur Update - presented by CORE
    • Proposed Melancthon Mega Quarry - presented by NDACT
    • Mulmur Official Plan Update, provincial position & zoning implications - presented by Ron Mills, Mulmur Township Planner

    Presentations will include time for questions and answers.All are welcome.

  • Fifth Annual Picnic at the Brick Works - Sun. October 2, 2011

    Time: 12:00 noon - 4:00 PM

    Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., Toronto

    Join Brick Works in celebrating the season’s bounty! For the fifth year in a row, they are putting the spotlight on local growers, ranchers, fishers and artisans so gather your friends and family and prepare for the tastiest day of the year.

    NDACT will have a booth set up at this picnic.

    For more information about the event and directions go to: http://ebw.evergreen.ca/picnic/

  • Blessfest 2011 - Newmarket - Sunday, October 2, 2011

    A Blessfest day is a day of fun for animals, animal lovers and pet owners. It is the combination of a fall fair with entertainment, demonstrations and shopping. 

    Free admission!

    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Location: Fairy Lake Park, Water Street, Newmarket

    NDACT will have a booth at this event

    For directions and more information about Blessfest, go to http://www.blessfest2011.com

  • Foodstock - Sun. October 16, 2011

     FOODSTOCK 2011 IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PROPOSED QUARRY LANDS

    foodstock-final-poster-thumbnail-webTime: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Where: Lennox Farms, Black Farms & VanderZaag Farms, 518024 Dufferin County Road 124, Melancthon Township north of Shelburne

    :located on Dufferin County Road 124, north of Shelburne, at the north west corner of Dufferin County Road 124 and Melancthon 20 Sideroad

    : entrance off Melancthon 20 Sideroad - to public parking lot - follow Melancthon 20 Sideroad west and turn at the first right  (going north) onto Melancthon 3rd Line - watch for signs

    : Due to the number of people expected we have 2 parking lots. The south lot is for volunteers and overflow parking (off Melancthon 20 Sideroad) and the north lot (off Melancthon 3rd Line) is for general public parking which is closer to the event area.

    (For location on map, copy and paste "518024 County Road 124, Shelburne, Dufferin County, Ontario" onto Google Map search box)

     

    Main Stage Performances By: Sarah Harmer, Jim Cuddy, Tom Barlow, Cuff the Duke, Hayden, The Loon Choir, Lily Frost, Jose Contreras, Ron Sexsmith; Master of Ceremonies, Dale Goldhawk and more. New addition to musical line up....Tyler, Kevin and Jim from "The Barenaked Ladies"!

    • Over 100 top chefs including Michael Stadtlander, Jamie Kennedy, Anthony Walsh and more.


    Join Chef Michael Stadtlander and 100 of the best chefs from across Canada for an outdoor,
    pay-what-you can, public food event in support of the movement to Stop The Mega
    Quarry. All funds raised will go to fighting the mega quarry. Each chef will prepare
    one item, celebrating the local bounty and will be encouraging Ontarian's to stand up
    and have their voice heard by the government. Everyone is welcome.

    For Foodstock site map & entertainment line up, click on  SITE MAP.

    Pre-registration is not necessary. Just show up. Please come and enjoy!

    See also the YouTube presentation by The Canadian Chefs' Congress: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpHxCG5owWk

    • Bring your own chair, cutlery, plates and cups

    • Please do not bring any animals, pets, other than service animals, as insurance for this event does not permit pets.

    • Alcohol free

    • Smoking in designated area only please

    • Rain or shine, dress appropriately as everything is outside

    • WEAR COUNTRY APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR

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    BUSES To Foodstock and Return

    Collingwood

    A bus has been rented to bring people from Collingwood, Ontario to Foodstock and Return

    Please contact Joslyn Biggins at 705-445-2950

     

    Flesherton

    Time: Departs 10:30 AM

    Departs from:  Flesherton Legion Parking Lot, Elizabeth St.

    Bus Leaves Foodstock at: 4:00 PM

    Contact: Call 519-924-0316, 519-377-7965 or 519-924-0858


    Guelph

    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=167799386628287

    Time: 10:00 AM - 4 PM

    For more information click on the link above.


    Hamilton


    Click above link for more information.

    Toronto

    Arranged by Slow Food Toronto

    For more information click on: http://guestlistapp.com/events/71778

    Arranged by ElectriCITY

    For more information click on: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=272927569398365

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     Click here to volunteer for Foodstock

    Click here to be a sponsor for Foodstock 

     

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FOODSTOCK-

    Jobs may include parking control,
    traffic control, runners between chefs, messengers, staffing information booths, chefs
    assistants, trouble shooting, selling signs, etc. etc.


    VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE


    Wednesday October 12, Thursday October 13, Friday October 14 at Lennox Farms
    between 4 and 7 pm to do setup for Foodstock


    Saturday October 15, at Lennox Farms anytime through the day to do setup for
    Foodstock


    SUNDAY OCTOBER 16 at Lennox Farms 7:30 am to 10 p.m. SHOW TIME so please
    show up to volunteer.
    PLEASE RSVP to davidwaters@remax.net OR dbaylis@xplornet.ca with your firm
    commitment on dates and times.



  • Peaceful Anti Mega Quarry Demonstration - Sat. October 1, 2011

    Time: 3:00 PM

    Location: Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey's campaign office:2250 Bovaird Drive East, units #109/110, Brampton (beside the Hearing Aid Clinic)

    Purpose: To express our opposition to the proposed quarry which would destroy 2300 acres of prime farm land and threaten the water relied upon by ONE MILLION CANADIANS.

    Peaceful Anti Mega Quarry Demonstration

    Organized by the: Brampton Greens

    For further information click here.

     

  • Artists Against the Mega Quarry, October 1 & 2, 2011

    Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    artists-against-quarry-1st-show-web  Location: Studio on Dragon's Back, 597494 - 2nd Line West, Mulmur Township (Honeywood area)

    Contact: 519-925-1323

    In a follow -up to the "Paint In" this past July, where area artists gathered in Mulmur to Paint the Beauty of the Hills at Risk, Honeywood.

    Studio on Dragon's Back is part of the North of 89 Open Studio Tour -
    Works from many local artists including: Bryan Davies, Glen Conley, Inese Bite, Peter Adams, Laurie Foote, Brenda Dekker,  Arnold deGraff, Donna Tranquada, Sandi Wong, Martha Bull, Mary Lazier and many more...


    Proceeds from the sale of works will go to support the Opposition to the Mega Quarry through NDACT."

    For more information and a map, of North of 89 Tour, click here.

  • What Role Should Aggregate Recycling Play in Ontario? - October 27, 2011

    When: Thursday, October. 27, 2011

    Time: 7:30 - 10:00 AM

    Location: Cassie Campbell Community Centre, 1050 Sandalwood Parkway W., Brampton, ON