If only 3% of land in Ontario is suitable for agriculture, why should any of it be lost to an open pit mine deeper than Niagara Falls to benefit US investors who acquired the land by passing themselves off as farmers ?
Laura K provides action links and the history leading to the July 10 deadline for the project's approval.
Avaaz has a petition to Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey. Please sign and pass it on.
Locals resisting the quarry certainly have their work cut out for them.
A good local article : High Stakes in the High Country lays out the opposition
The public face of Highland Companies in Melancthon Township is Michael Daniher of the PR firm Special Situations Inc.
"Daniher’s business partner is Paul Curley, a former advisor to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and other Progressive Conservative party leaders. He shares an office with two other agencies, Counsel Public Relations and Counsel Public Affairs. The latter’s president, Philip Dewan, previously the most senior political advisor to Premier Dalton McGuinty, is one of two lobbyists registered to work at Queen’s Park on behalf of The Highland Companies on issues of “agriculture, economic development and trade, energy, environment, transportation and natural resources.”NDACT, a local group opposed to the quarry, lobbied to have the agricultural land protected as "specialty cropland".
"When the specialty crop designation somewhat curiously failed to win the support of the Ontario Potato Board, NDACT members noted that Bruce Wilson, Highland’s vice-president of farm operations, is one of the board’s directors."
Today's Orangeville Citizen : Highland remains confident in bid for new quarry
In spite of the Ministry of Environment’s (MoE) criticism of The Highland Companies quarry application, the company remains confident that the application will succeed.
and from Orangeville.com :
h/t West End Bob
The company’s spokesperson, Lindsay Broadhead, [note : of Hill and Knowlton] said they are aware of the public’s concerns regarding the quarry’s impact on local culture .
“It is important to reiterate that this process is not over. We welcome public scrutiny and feedback on the company’s plan including suggestions about how cultural and heritage concerns can be addressed ...”she said, without mentioning the 30 heritage homes and farms already bulldozed by her employer. That flattened expanse in the top video? That's them.
h/t West End Bob
Monday update : media coverage ;
Global : Thousands of Canadians rally to stop mega-quarry. Good article.