Highland Companies, financed by a hedge fund based in Boston, has recently filed an application with the government which, if approved, would turn 2316 acres of the best farmland surrounding Toronto into the second largest limestone mega-quarry in North America. The proposed location for this mega quarry is Melancton Township, one of the sparest populated areas in southern Ontario. If this application is approved, it would destroy rich and rare farmland, impact the safety of key rivers and potentially impact the drinking water of over a million residents.
THE SCALE OF THIS MASSIVE OPEN PIT MINE IS HARD TO IMAGINE.
The breadth, 2400 acres, is approximately one third the size of Toronto (Ossington to the Don Valley Parkway; St. Clair Avenue to the lakeshore). And the depth, 200 feet, is one and a half times the height of Niagara Falls. But since Highland has quietly bought up 7000 acres, with the potential limestone area estimated at 15,000 acres, in the future this mine could easily exceed the size of Toronto and turn into the largest in North America.
THE IMPACT OF THIS MASSIVE OPEN PIT MINE IS HARD TO IMAGINE.
The implications of this proposed operation could be multi-generational. Melancton Township is rich with rare and valuable soil. If the limestone mega-quarry goes ahead, it would remove some of the best agricultural land in Ontario from production, possibly forever. The operation would involve blasting 200 feet below the water table at the headwaters of the Grand and Nottawasaga Rivers. The quarry would also cut into 2 watersheds and up to 3 subwatersheds. The technology for such an operation is unproven and would cause irreparable environmental damage. The repercussions of quarrying into this watershed could affect well over one million people who are downstream from, and served by, these watercourses. However, there has been no analysis of the potential impact on surrounding crops, livestock and local residents. And little analysis or information providing water quality impacts locally or in downstream communities. What is clear is that the extraction equipment, with all its noise and dust, would be blasting holes into the earth 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year – except on statutory holidays. And it would involve pumping 600 million litres of water per day to ‘manage’ the water for perpetuity.
WHAT’S BEING DONE?
NDACT (North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce) and CAUSE (Citizen’s Alliance for a Sustainable Environment) is working with a coalition of groups, including Maude Barlow and the Council of Canadians, Ecologos, organizers of Site 41, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and others. But the opposition to this multi-billion company’s proposal is all being done through volunteer labor and limited resources.
THE FUTURE OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO’S FARMLANDS, ITS WATERS AND ITS FOOD SECURITY IS UP TO YOU.
What can you do?
1) Attend a meeting to get more information. April 12th – Highland Companies Public Meeting, 7-9 pm, 14 Mill Street, Horning Mills, ON (legislated open house) April 15th – Ecoforum, Trinity United Church, 7 pm, 200 Owen Sound Street, Shelburne ON
2) Send a letter filing your objection by April 18th to ensure it is received by the deadline of April 26. Currently, this is the most imporant action you could take. Please e-mail email@example.com to learn more about filing your objection.
3) Offer financial support to CAUSE Cheques can be made payable to Ecologos, the partner organization of CAUSE and tax receipts will be issued. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
4) Forward this information to your friends, networks and organizations.
For updates and more information:
Facebook: STOP THE QUARRY
To view the 3,100 page application (and executive summary) see www.highlandcompanies.ca and view Melancthon Quarry
The highest protection should be given to Ontario’s headwaters and prime agricultural lands.
PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE LAND AND WATERS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.
YOGA BUDDIES : PARTNER YOGA, MEDITATION, MASSAGE, AND MORE
2-hour workshop at Soaring Heart Wellness
Yoga Buddies on February 13th was a great success! Through practicing variations of classic yoga poses as well as breath work, meditation and Thai/Shiatsu massage, combined with a lot of laughter and playfulness, the participants of the Yoga Buddies Playshop learned unique and practical ways to connect with their partners on and off the mat. If you couldn’t make it to last weekend’s event, come on out to the next partner yoga workshop at Soaring Heart Wellness, date to be announced! E-mail Sarah at email@example.com for more information.
Peer supports Mariel as she flies in Double Downward Dog.
Finn helps to deepen Gracie’s forward fold with a restorative back bend.
Joey and Ellen bond over double boat.
Bring a friend, partner or family member, or come alone and meet a yoga buddy! We will explore the principles of partner yoga through satsang, meditation, asana, vinyasa, pranayama and massage. Deepen your understanding of hatha yoga principles and alignment by learning how to assist your partner, and deepen his or her practice. Take your relationship to the next level through increased awareness, communication and trust, or step out of the box and make a connection with someone new. Bring your mom, your neighbour, or your best friend, or your sweet self and an open mind!
I’m very pleased to announce a new class at Soaring Heart Wellness in Shelburne. Many have inquired about a Saturday morning yoga class, and finally I am able to offer one beginning Saturday, January 22nd! This class is for anyone who wants to discover or rediscover the path of yoga and the many joys and benefits that this practice brings. This class will be a popular choice, so send me an e-mail to let me know that you’re interested in joining and I will save a spot for you!
If you are interested in this class but cannot make all the dates, you can still participate! Pro-rated classes are available.
Call or e-mail to reserve your spot: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ (519) 925-2079
Check Class Descriptions for more information on Intro to Yoga