Shale quarry a concern for Norval

Shale quarry a concern for Norval

There are 32 comments on the The Independent and Free Press story from Feb 10, 2009, titled Shale quarry a concern for Norval. In it, The Independent and Free Press reports that:

It's so important to Mayor Rick Bonnette and Ward 2 councillors that everyone in Norval knows about a proposed shale quarry on the border of Halton Hills that they volunteered to help Plann-ing Department ...

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Independent and Free Press.

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Stimulus for Dummies

Toronto, Canada

#1 Feb 10, 2009
Inside The Herald - Brampton plans could annex Norval

Peel Region Brampton West to Caledon OMB Lastest Info ...

Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs stands up 4 Brampton Brick at Brampton West OMB

Related Topix: Norval, ON, Canada, Ontario, Industrial Machines, Glass, Brampton, ON
Hey Cynthia

Toronto, Canada

#2 Feb 11, 2009

Brampton Brick Announces Goodwill WritedownRead the original story

May 9, 2006 | Ceramic Industry

Brampton Brick Limited recently announced that for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008, it will record a non-cash charge of $6.7 million to write off the remaining carrying value of goodwill...

Related Topix: Industrial Machines, Glass, Milton, ON, Canada, Wixom, MI
Valentines Dinner Dance

Toronto, Canada

#3 Feb 12, 2009
An intimate fundraising dinner and dance hosted by the Friends of Terra Cotta in support of efforts to transform Terra Cotta Conservation Area into the Terra Cotta Centre for Environmental Learning,

an invaluable environmental education resource for local residents and park visitors.

Saturday, February 14t h , 2009

Cocktail Reception / Cash Bar: 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

(Includes salad, entrée, dessert, coffee/tea and one glass of wine)

Dance to follow dinner

The Terra Cotta Inn
175 King St., Terra Cotta, On. L0P 1N0
Tickets:$45.00 per person

(A tax receipt will be provided for a portion of the ticket price)

Dress Code: Jacket & Tie / Semi-Formal

Chances for great prizes, draws and auction items!
To purchase tickets or make a donation, please contact:

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

Sharlene Hardwar email shardwar @

Terri LeRoux email tleroux @
other OMB players

Toronto, Canada

#4 Feb 14, 2009
towm meetings


#5 Feb 15, 2009
Norval Pit STOP www

Toronto, Canada

#6 Feb 15, 2009
Norval Community Association & Norval Pit-STOP.

Saturday February 21, 2009 ,

10,333 Winston Churchill Blvd.(the loft house)
9 AM Social & Coffee.

9:30 Review the Norval Quarry Planning Report

10 AM Call to action!

Plan our response to Brampton Brick's proposal.

Pit-STOP urges all Norval residents and

concerned citizens to attend,

to become informed and involved...
Family Day in Ontario

Toronto, Canada

#7 Feb 16, 2009
Burlington quarry application is unacceptable | Protecting Escarpment Rural Land

Tough Report on Ontario Nelson Aggregate Quarry Application Cheered

Please see our news Section at the link from our Home page for a related story

Breaking NEWS: JART REPORTS Transplanted Endangered Butternut Trees DEAD! UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Burlington--Ontario citizens, environmental organizations, and residents are reassured by the release this week of the multi-agency Joint Agency Review Team (“JART”) Report

that science and good planning will stop the proposed quarry. JART experts from the City of Burlington, Halton Region, Niagara Escarpment Commission, Conservation Halton and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

spent over 4 years reviewing the Nelson Aggregate Burlington quarry application and technical studies...
Limehouse Quarry areas

Toronto, Canada

#8 Feb 17, 2009
Stripping of Land OnGoing Already before approvals
best before date

Toronto, Canada

#9 Oct 29, 2009
,,, Everyone has a best before date...politicians are notorious for trying to extend it

Truth be known that almost anyone could have allowed developers to buy up surrounding farmland and build single family homes that will haunt Mississauga with the worst urban sprawl in the GTA for decades to come.

The time to pay the piper is coming for the Mississ with little or no land available for cheap anymore the developers are getting more creative and using insiders to get there millions in profits.

If Hazel didn't-and still doesn't know better, she really should think about leaving on a semi high note...
Thurs Meeting in Peel

Toronto, Canada

#10 Nov 11, 2009
Please contact the Brampton Mayor and Councilors directly by phone, e-mail, or post. Here are the contact numbers:

Mayor Fennell

You can reach your councilors here:

When you contact them, tell them you want river valley lands in Brampton left alone.

Tell them you are fed up with inappropriate development destroying essential natural areas.

Tell them you are not willing to suffer the negative health effects of a “more gray than green” city.

If you like, tell them you consider this an election issue.

But most of all make it clear that any development on river valley lands is unacceptable.

Our River Valleys Are Threatened

Our river valleys, wetlands, and woodlands are the lungs and kidneys of our ecosystem.

They filter and purify our air and drinking water, helping to prevent harmful reactions in our bodies.

They also trap carbon to prevent global warming and its associated problems.

Unique plant and animal species rely on these habitats for survival, and we enjoy relaxation and recreation there.

In Peel Region, the vast majority of our natural areas are river valley lands.

Right now, these essential natural areas are facing a serious threat.

The Region of Peel is about to approve an irresponsible policy that will permit development of sports fields, golf courses and single homes right in the heart of our river valleys!

This type of development badly damages river valleys, and we must re-direct it to areas where its impact is more sustainable.

If this policy is passed, the gates will be open and there will be no turning back.

These are the last remaining natural areas in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon that we have a chance to save from development.

If we fail to act, we will lose these precious areas and the many benefits they provide.

The City of Brampton is the chief supporter of this destructive policy, and is urging the Region to adopt it.

Sierra Club Peel is speaking up to oppose this policy, but we need your help.

Your personal opposition to this policy must be heard loud and clear by Peel Region and in particular,

Brampton Mayor Fennell and all her Councilors.

How You Can Help Save Your Valleys ...
Lobbying rules

Toronto, Canada

#11 Nov 26, 2009
Cement Association of Canada registers thirteen lobbyists with provincial registry
Thinking about

Toronto, Canada

#12 Dec 8, 2009
Plans for opencast mine near Brampton rejected

Read the original story

Friday Dec 4 | The Cumberland News

Plans for a massive opencast mine near Brampton have been knocked back after a two-year community campaign.

Toronto, Canada

#13 Dec 11, 2009
Welcome to the NDACT web site.

NDACT and the citizens of Dufferin County and Central Ontario are asking for ...
4cents a ton joan


#14 Dec 12, 2009
Milton Joint area

Toronto, Canada

#15 Jan 11, 2010

FORCE - Community Alert - ARA Reconfirmation Letters - Your action is required!

St Marys Cement triggers a new step in the
Aggregate Licence Process
Your action is required!

As expected Registered Letters from St Marys Cement started arriving this first week of January 2010. These letters are the latest correspondence sent to the over 1,200 people who took the time to submit their objections to the proposed St Marys Cement Flamborough Quarry in April \ May 2009. If you were one of them, Thank You for making your objections known then. Unfortunately St Marys Cement is already forcing you to renew your objections once more, or they will be considered withdrawn.

(If you did not send in objections to the Aggregate Licence Application back in the spring of 2009, St Marys Cement seems to have stopped communicating with you. You did not receive their Newsletter #9 sent in the Fall of 2009 nor would you have be receiving the letters indicating how St Marys Cement was dealing with (or not dealing with) the concerns and objections raised by our Community. This material is however available to you on the FORCE website so that you can stay engaged with this important community issue.)

The Aggregate Licence process gives the applicant two years to finalize their application and attempt to resolve any concerns from stakeholders. Normally during this two year time frame, applicants meaningfully modify their applications through revised technical work and stakeholder discussions. St Marys Cement, by contrast, has not made any modifications to their original application and now just six months after the original comment period had closed they are requiring us to participate in another round of objection submissions by triggering a 20 day Notice of Objector Response process.

This process which is started by the sending of registered letters to objectors, requires objectors to respond by registered mail and to reconfirm their objections or their objections may be considered withdrawn. As already stated, this process normally occurs near the end of the two year application timeline and only after applicants have made efforts to resolve objections. In our situation, St Marys Cement is forcing us to go through this process now, without any changes to their original proposal, and as they have given us no reason to withdraw our objections, why would we?
Halton Joint area

Toronto, Canada

#16 Jan 11, 2010
All of us need to ensure that we don't let St Marys Cement succeed with this inconsiderate use of the Aggregate Licence process. The scope of this proposed massive industrial open pit mine is clear. Documents submitted as part of the Aggregate Licence application provide the following information:

* Site Operations are planned six days a week, Monday through Saturday.
* Onsite activities start at 7:00 a.m. and operate until 7:00 p.m. on weekdays and until 12 noon on Saturdays.
* Trucking operations start at 6:00 a.m. each day with peak truck activities estimated at 1 truck movement every 26 seconds.
* Removal of 3 million tonnes per year, creating an average excavation depth of 32 meters or 100 feet, over an area of 164 acres, just 3kms north of Carlisle.
* Proposing an untested, theoretical groundwater mitigation system to address the acknowledged unacceptable impact on groundwater. This system will be required to pump 90 million litres of water per day for the life of the project.
* An estimated project lifespan of 25 to 30 years just on the original parcel of lands, not including the 154 acres of land St Marys Cement owns to the west.

If Approved, this Proposal will Change Our Communities Forever!
We Can't Let That Happen, We Must Join Together and Stop the Quarry!

To make it easier for all of us to respond to St Marys Cement's use of the Notice of Objector Response process we have arranged the following:

* Objection Reconfirmation Template Letters have been prepared for your use. These letters need to be sent to both St Marys Cement and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) just as our original objections did. This time though, they need to be sent by registered or confirmed delivery.
* A Public Meeting will be held on Wednesday January 20th at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School (Presentation at 7pm). At this meeting we will explain the process, update you on what has happened since our last meeting, answer any questions that you might have, and collect completed Objection Reconfirmation Letters so that we can deliver them to St Marys Cement and MNR for you.
* For those that can't make the meeting on January 20th, staffed Drop-In Centres will be operating from Thursday January 21st to Saturday January 23rd at the Carlisle Farm Market Video Store (Thu & Fri 6pm to 9pm, Sat 10am to 3pm) and also on Saturday January 23rd at the Campbellville Lions Hall (10 to 3pm). Representatives will be available to answer any questions that they will have a supply of template letters that can be completed and submitted then and there.
* Drop-off Boxes to collect letters for delivery will also be located at both Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School & Balaclava Public School during the school day starting on Wednesday January 13th.
Mohawk slots area

Toronto, Canada

#17 Jan 11, 2010

To make things easier, and to save everyone the cost of sending registered letters, we will be collecting the completed objection reconfirmation letters and arranging for registered delivery to both St Marys Cement and MNR. If you are dropping off completed letters, please ensure that you provided two copies of the letters both signed and dated, and both with your complete mailing address including building #, street name, city, province, and postal code.

And remember each person who sent in an original objection letters needs to reconfirm their objections. Blank copies of the template letter will be available at the Public Meeting on January 20th, on the website ( ), and at the staffed Drop-In centres.

We would prefer that you forward your letters to us in order that we can make sure that everyone is accounted for. If you live outside of the local area, please feel free to mail copies of your completed letters to us and we will then forward them to St Marys Cement and MNR. You can send your letters via regular mail to FORCE c/o Lawson Park Ltd., Box#15 RR#1 Freelton, Ontario L0R 1K0.

St Marys Cement is also making this process more complicated by staggering the dates of when they trigger the 20 day period. Most people who used the template objection letter this spring received a copy of the response from St Marys Cement back in October \ November of 2009 and then their registered letter in early January 2010, this make their due date February 1st, 2010. Some people who wrote custom objection letters only received their first response from St Marys over the holiday season, and it is not known when they might be receiving their registered letter. The process requires that we reconfirm our objections within 20 days of receiving the registered letter. We need to ask everyone to pay careful attention to what timeline they need to follow. The due date for your response is shown on the cover page, the NMR Notice of Objector Response Form in the second to last paragraph. We will continue to collect letters and monitor the timeline in order to ensure that everyone get there reconfirmation of objections submitted despite how difficult the process becomes.

(And note, if you have decided not to pick up your registered letter from the Post Office, the aggregate application process considers the registered letters to have been delivered after 5 days, whether or not you ever sign for it. So leaving the letter at the Post Office doesn't really help and you still need to send in your objection reconfirmation letter or your original objections may be considered withdrawn.)

We won't be fooled by St Marys Cement's empty response to our objections. To us, it appears that St Marys Cement is just ticking another box on its "to do" list for the aggregate license process. Perhaps they hope that by making us jump through some more hoops, they can dramatically reduce the number of objectors. However, since they have given us no reasons to withdraw our objections, let's show St Marys Cement that we have no intention of doing so. Our objections are substantive and appropriate. Let's do whatever we need to do to make sure that our objections remain in force.
Public Meeting Wednesday January 20th, 2010 (6:30 p.m.)
Presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Catholic Elementary School
1624 Centre Road, Carlisle, Ontario

Staffed Drop-In Centres Carlisle Farm Market Video Store
Centre Road & Carlisle Road, Carlisle
Thursday & Friday Jan 21st & 22nd (6 to 9pm)
Saturday Jan 23rd (10am to 3pm)
Campbellville Lions Hall (Saturday Only!)

Drop-off Boxes Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School
Balaclava Public School
Starting Wednesday Jan 13th during school hours
subject of mining talk

Toronto, Canada

#18 Feb 9, 2010
MP to dig into subject of mining

Making Mining Mind: Why Canadian Companies Need Government Controls, will feature MP John McKay Tuesday, Feb. 16.

McKay is sponsor of Bill C-300, an act respecting corporate accountability for mining, oil and gas corporations ...
Peel watershed

Toronto, Canada

#19 Feb 9, 2010
Mineral staking halted in Yukon's Peel watershed

The Yukon Government has temporarily protected the entire Peel Watershed — home to the specatcular Three Rivers —

in the form of a one-year withdrawal from mineral staking or

issuance of further subsurface rights to oil, gas and coal.

This is a major landmark along the way towards getting a final land use plan,

expected within the next year or so...
Quarry Quarrel

Toronto, Canada

#20 Jun 8, 2010
Mining company unnerves residents of Killarney Provincial Park village

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