Thanking someone you can't stand


Hatred is a pretty strong word, and as I get older (more mature) it’s a word I’m inclined to use less and less.

A word that I once used freely now makes me bristle. Nonetheless, one of the many things that the mega quarry battle made me acutely aware of, is how the shared loathing of an entity and often the person at the helm of that entity, has a very mobilizing effect on a community. 

There were the usual community events to get the folks of Melancthon and Mulmur together to jam once in a while, though everyone would likely agree that nothing got everyone out quite like the impending environmental disaster. Goliath was in our midst and it seemed like everyone was up in arms together. I enjoyed the outing of the head of Baupost – Seth Klarman.


Peel Federation of Agriculture wants input on planning documents

The Provincial government will soon be reviewing certain planning documents, such as the Niagara Escarpment legislation and plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine legislation, the Greenbelt plan and others.

The Peel Federation of Agriculture (PFA) wants to know how these documents are affecting rural and agriculturaldevelopment, and they want to hear from both members and non-members.

PFA is developing a response that will include illustrations of inconsistencies that challenge rural entrepreneurs when applying to expand, redevelop or otherwise modify their operations as part of the continuing evolution of the industry that supports the rural area of Peel Region.

“Duplication of regulatory authorities and overlap in jurisdiction has created a maze of bureaucracy that adds unnecessary cost through time delays, the need to hire professionals to do studies and more,” commented David Lyons, chair of PFA’s Property and Environment Committee. “The added costs will make some proposals and projects impossible to implement due to viability concerns. If Peel is to have a future as a significant contributor to the economic well-being of the region, it must have clear understandable and practical regulations that can be implemented without added cost.”

 Those who have examples of applications that have caused frustration with added cost due to delay, need for costlystudies, or outright denial of the opportunity for proposals to move forward in the rural area, PFA needs to hear those stories. The federation will protect rights to privacy if requested, or will become an advocate if possible.

People are asked to forward their thoughts to PFA by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone to PFA 

Secretary at Danette Woodworth at 905-702-8783.

(Read about the Aggregate Recycling Promotion Act, 2014, starting at page 3.)


Published in the Caledon Citizen, Apr. 27, 2014

Passing of Former NDACT Board Member, John Herndon

Farewell to John Herndon

We are sad to report the passing of one of our Mega Quarry fighters.

John Herndon was a former Agriculture Commissioner of Connecticut,

past NDACT board member and long-time resident of Mulmur before

moving recently to Prince Edward County. While living in Mulmur, John

and his wife, Tidi, hosted a special First Nations blessing ceremony in

2011 at the large lake on their stunning property. The lake is fed by the

aquifer once threatened by the mega quarry and has spiritual

significance for the First Nations.

During the Christmas break of 2011, a reporter from Fortune magazine

arrived from New York to write a story about the mega quarry and the

farmers fighting it. John gave us a tour of his land and the barn filled

with his beloved animals, including the strangest black llama I've ever

seen. (It resembled a huge black poodle) The reporter said afterward

"That fella is quite the character." He certainly was. 

John Herndon obituary.

Our condolences to Tidi and the Herndon family.

By The Food & Water First Team


Food & Water First: fighting the larger battle

In case you weren't at the Food and Water First General Meeting on April 5th, reporter, Marni Walsh has written a terrific article about it.

Read Marni's article.

A ‘regressive document’

Re: Provincial Policy Statement (PPS 2014)

The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) is the statement of the government’s policies on land use planning. It includes policies on key issues that affect our communities, such as:

• he efficient use and management of land and infrastructure

• rotection of the environment and resources

• nsuring appropriate opportunities for employment and residential development, includingsupport for a mix of uses

The PPS is an extremely powerful document that is issued under section 3 of the Planning Act:

“The Minister, or the Minister together with any other minister of the Crown, may from time to time issue policy statements that have been approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on matters relating to municipal planning that in the opinion of the Minister are of provincial interest.”  and all decisions affecting land use planning matters “shall be consistent with” the Provincial Policy Statement.iiii

“A decision of the council of a municipality, a local board, a planning board, a minister of the Crown and a ministry, board, commission or agency of the government, including the Municipal Board, in respect of the exercise of any authority that affects a planning matter, (a) shall be consistent with the policy statements issued under subsection (1) that are in effect on the date of the decision; and (b) shall conform with the provincial plans that are in effect on that date, or shall not conflict with them, as the case may be.”

It is developed ‘behind closed doors’, without review in the legislature, effectively supercedes and takes precedence over legislation, and requires municipal plans to conform. It is because of this extraordinary power that we are concerned about the surreptitious process by which it is created and how weak or absent, are the justifications for many of its clauses.