• Sustainable Electricity Practices - Nov. 19, 2016

    Our Partner Mulmur Mono Citizens' Coalition



  • Canada's Water Crisis & What We Can Do - Nov. 7, 2016

    Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition




  • Sprawl Brawl - Nov. 24, 2015

    Presented by Environmental Defence


    Join them for an evening of insight and lively debate with panelists:

    Joe Vaccaro, CEO, Ontario Home Builders' Association
    Don McCabe, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
    Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Defence
    Kevin Eby, former Director of Planning, Region of Waterloo

    Referee: John Barber, journalist and former Globe & Mail columnist.


     Space is limited. Register to attend. 

    Full details.


  • Impact of Water Taking Operations - Nov. 11, 2015

    Impact of Water Taking Operations in Wellington County

    Presented by.......


    National Farmers Union 

    Date: Wed. November 11, 2015

    Time: 7:00 PM

    Where: Alma Bible Chapel, 59 Peel Street East, Alma 

    Speakers will include the:

    • Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians
    • Wellington Water Watchers

      For more information, please contact Patrick Brown at 519-323-2338.

  • NDACT Chair Speaks in Paris, ON - Nov. 30, 2013

    Concerned Citizens of Brant

    Public Meeting

    Date: Sat., Nov. 30, 2013

    Time: 1:00 PM

    Location: Paris Fairgrounds

  • How The Mega-Quarry Was Defeated - Dec. 2/13

    Featuring: Danny Beaton & Carl Cosack


    When: Monday, December 2, 2013

    Time: 7 p.m.

    Where: Main Program Room, Main Branch Guelph Library, 100 Norfolk St., Guelph

    Admission: No charge

    Presented by: Mike Schreiner and Friends








    “There aren’t a lot of victories these days, but the mood-altering blocking of the monster quarry in Melancthon Township in potato country a year ago was a brilliant model of how to get stuff done. The alliance of urban ecos, farmers, foodies and chefs showed the power of partnering, bridged the messy city-country divide and ulti­mately triumphed over a Boston-based hedge fund… Plus, it made the point with its five-day trek and mass soup-athons that protests can be jubilant and very digestible – and that determination and positivity are our best weapons.”

    Read more at:



  • Foodie Drinks - Nov. 12, 2013

    DATE:  Tuesday, Nov 12

    TIME:   7pm-10pm

    PLACE: Quail, 1055 Yonge Street. (Rosedale station)

    Our friends at Food Forward are hosting a special evening of fun and conversation. Join us next Tuesday evening (Nov 12th) for "Foodie Drinks"!   We'll be chatting about Food & Water First and learning more about the campaign to protect the Pickering Lands


  • Shelburne gets behind Food and Water First

    The Town of Shelburne has been added to the growing list of municipalities stepping behind the Food and Water First Campaign.

    The North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce (NDACT) is leading the charge for the Food and Water First Campaign, which is an effort to change policies that allow rezoning that compromises of food and water sources.

    “Food and Water First is essentially phase two in stopping the mega quarry,” NDACT co-chair Shirley Boxem told Shelburne council on Monday (Nov. 4). “Even though that application has been withdrawn by The Highland Companies … our food and water is still at risk.”

    NDACT was created with the mandate to stop Highland's' quarry plans in Melancthon as well as influence change to the province's Aggregate Resources Act (ARA).

    With the quarry application withdrawn, the group is now focusing on ensuring legislation exists to protect Ontario’s edible assets. The Township of Melancthon already endorses the campaign.

    Toronto Coun. Josh Matlow also introduced a motion asking Canada’s largest municipality to support the campaign recently.

    Boxem said the campaign’s goal at this point is gaining as many eyes and ears as it can.

    “The primary aim is really to help build a critical mass,” Boxem said. “It’s to help spread the word. Elected officials are clearly not putting this as a priority. It’s not on their radar.

    “This is just not something they’re looking at very seriously.”

    Shelburne Mayor Ed Crewson didn’t take that as a personal attack, but he did explain to Boxem that many elected officials rely on funding from developers, who in return, expect land.

    “I’m just saying as an explanation, when you have developers funding 75 per cent of elections … there’s some expectation of reciprocation,” he said.  

    That wasn’t the only time Crewson and council challenged Boxem during her presentation.

    Council labelled the motion as too “soft” and needed reworking in order for the town to know exactly what it was they were signing onto.

    Specifically, it was the mining of aggregates below the water table that Coun. Walter Benotto wanted to see added to the motion.

    “It needs to be very specific,” Benotto said. “If you want to stop people from mining aggregate under the water table, you should say that in your motion.”

    The motion was then reworked by Benotto, which was then given the thumbs up by council.

    Food and Water First Campaign continues to plan to spread awareness across the province.

    By Todd McEwen
    Published in the Orangeville Banner, Nov. 6, 2013

  • Community Theatre Song Writing Workshop - Sat. Oct. 27, 2012

    Digging Deep for stories, songs, designs and dances.

    Come and have your say about the proposed mega-quarry, pro & con & undecided.

    All interested individuals & groups are welcome to get involved.


    dig-deep-webA free workshop series.

    The first phase in co-creating a community play about the proposed Melancthon Mega Quarry.

    Song Writing Workshop:

    Sat. Oct. 27


    Write a song about the proposed mega-quarry with professional songwriter James Gordon, at the Honeywood Schoolhouse. No experience necessary. No need to pre-register. More about James:


    For more about the community play, click here.

  • NDACT Chair, Carl Cosack Speaks with Law Students - Nov. 21, 2012

    osgoodehalltorontoOsgoode Hall's Environmental Law Society Presents:

    A Talk with Carl Cosack

    Carl Speaks with the Environmental Law Students at Osgoode Hall

    When: Wed. Nov. 21, 2012

    Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Where: Room 1003, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W.,Toronto

    Click here to see poster. (1.01 MB)


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