- Published on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 20:17
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Two years ago, during the last provincial election, the Ontario government ordered a review of the outdated and flawed Aggregate Resources Act because of the concerns raised about the proposed Highland Mega Quarry. Public hearings were held in the spring of 2012. Many of you will remember the struggle we had to ensure those hearings were open to agricultural stakeholders, and the energy they spent preparing their excellent presentations. As well, many of you will recall the "tour" the Standing Committee on General Government took of the proposed Mega Quarry site from the seats of a bus.
Over the past few months, the Committee regrouped and completed writing its recommendations for possible changes to the ARA. Those recommendations were released this afternoon and they are disappointing.
It's a long report - complete with photos of the MPPs at some of the 12 aggregate sites they visited. It does not contain protection for Ontario's prime farmland and source water regions. Instead, the ARA report focuses on rehabilitation of pits and quarries on prime farmland after excavation.
We welcome your thoughts on the ARA report! We'll have more on the recommendations as we gather further details.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 21:27
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Kellie Spence, a graduate from the University of Guelph, conducted research in and around Dufferin County about landscape perception and community engagement in a changing rural environment. In Chapter 2 of her thesis research document, she reviewed the Highland Companies quarry application.
The Relationship of Landscape and Water
Perceptions to Community Engagement in
Rural Southern Ontario
Engagement is an essential component to community building. Among the factors which contribute to engagement is perception. Of specific interest to landscape architecture areperceptions of landscape and water as theyreveal environmental attitudes.Rural Southern Ontario has experienced notableland use pressures for resource extraction andrenewable energy. This study explores therelationship between landscape and waterperceptions by rural residents and levels ofcommunity engagement in a changing rural landscape.
Thank you Kellie for sharing your research with us.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2013 21:15
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Local Action Replacing Global Cooperation
Author: Erin Elias,
4th year Political Science Student, University of Ottawa
December 18, 2012.
....I will address the question: can localized mobilization be successful where international movement is stagnated? More specifically, can local movements create a behavioural change that international movements cannot? Looking specifically at the recent proposal and withdrawal of plans for a Mega-Quarry in Melancton, Ontario, Canada, I hypothesize that mobilization and behavioural changes can be effective below the international level.
Thank you Erin for sharing this with us.
- Published on Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:45
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Running head: STOP THE MEGA QUARRY
Mega Quarry: A Small Picture of the Consequences to Health It Would Bring
Children’s Health and Quality of Life: A Rights-Based Perspective
Jessica Preston, a Nursing Student from York University, has done research and wrote an article about the health concerns that the Proposed Quarry would have on childrens' health.
"In this document I will use the article discussed above as well as additional research to aid in examining: the children’s health issue, who the issue affects, which prerequisites to health are affected, how children’s quality life is affected and what needs to change."
Submitted by: Jessica Preston, May 24, 2012
Thank you Jessica for sharing this with us!
- Published on Thursday, 17 May 2012 14:22
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Aggregate Extraction in Ontario: A Strategy for the Future
by Matt Binstock and Maureen Carter-Whitney
Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy
Aggregate extraction continues to be one of the most controversial land use issues in Ontario.
Demand for aggregate resources in fast growing municipalities in the province, combined with a
policy and legislative framework promoting extraction of aggregates close to the markets where
they will be consumed, has resulted in substantial resistance to new aggregate extraction
operations when they are proposed.
A very informative report.