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December 2011 issue

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Thank you for the article re the proposed Mega Quarry. Hope to see future articles as this will be a very long struggle.......discussion re the Environmental Assessment process the need for recycling of used aggregate as in Britain and other parts of Europe. Please help keep this issue in the public's eye along with alternative actions.

Submitted by Barbara Springgay on Monday, December 26, 2011

The fundamental problem continues to be human population growth. For several generations we've been told that population growth leads to economic prosperity. The decades since the sixties and other, more populous countries, prove this is false. Despite the massive increase in population (and its ill effects on all aspects of the environment) government and personal debt is at record levels, unemployment rates are as high as ever, and our standard of living has increased only through technology.

These battles will continue to rage until we address the root cause and have government policies that encourage population stability and eventually reduction.

Submitted by John McMurray on Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thanks to my daughter-in-law, Kate, for sending my son the link about the megaquarry article printed in the National Geographic. This young couple is in their early 30s and like many Ontarians, they are extremely alarmed by the unprecedented step that the MNR's and Ontario's Ministry of the Environment took with regards to the environmental assessment of Highland's application. They worry about the future of their natural habitat and are worried about what will become of our land. Stop this nonsense! Send the MNR and the Ministry a copy of the book, "Wally and Deanna's Groundwater Adventure . . . to the Saturated Zone". It's an educational book about groudwater hydrology that was written by my friend, Peter Russell, curator at the Earth and Environmental Sciences Museum at the University of Waterloo. Wally is a curious little worm fellow who meets Deanna, a let of rain as she falls from a cloud. She invites him to travel along as she seeps into the soil and tumbles thru the unsaturated zone. Wally dons fins and mask and scubas thru the saturated zone, a deep aquifer, and eventually the two of them emerge from a farmers water pump. At the end of the adventure we are quite sad when Deanna evaporates back up to the clouds. The MNR and Ministry should really read this book. It will reeducate them about what they are suppose to conserve and protect and in doing so, will realize the harm that this proposed megaquarry will have on us all. Leave well enough alone! Look to existing quarries for resources instead of digging up more of what we hold so dear keep our land glorious and free from destruction and let us stand on guard of it for! If we don't who will?

Submitted by Viviane on Monday, November 28, 2011

I can say I have only contempt for the MNR. There only position is for the stakeholders and not the people. You have to wonder how long the company was discussing this proposal with the Government. One has to wonder what the end result will be when you pump contaminated water that contains amonia nitrate back into an aquafur. Or the precious farmlands that can never be brought back. Just a crater. I think it would be more preferable to find land that can not have any use of it. But in no way do I trust the MNR. Just search Jeanine Cressey the government. You will get a better understanding of just who is more important.

Submitted by Ken Cressey on Saturday, November 26, 2011

1 its not just pollution in the water from the pumping. but the rise in temperature of the water will effect the ability for fish to spawn.
2. Under Toronto some 200 meters below the surface was identified in 1972 i believe as the BEST place for local aggregates, many cities have active under city mining.
3. Toronto recycles less then 3% of its aggregates where as other more forward thinking cities recycle up to 30%.
4. Highland companies intentionally makes the land they have bought inhabitable for endangered species such as the bobalink by manicuring its pastures and grassed areas.
4. Mining doesn't create jobs, rich Americans don't create jobs. Jobs are created by small businesses, entrepreneurial people, farmers and tourism.
and 5. This entire thing is a way to strong arm the government using nafta to a. approve a dissaster or 2. give them free money for lost potential earnings for not mining... It should be considered legally fraudulent
I got a ton more points watch "Pitstop - Stop the quarry" on youtube and share what you can about the mega quarry with your friends families and networks.

Submitted by Dyson on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The fact that this quarry is happening is the result of inadequate government regulations to protect farmland. Quarries have been given exemptions under the law. It would make more sense to have such a quarry somewhere north of Orillia, and haul the gravel down to Toronto by rail, not trucks.

Submitted by Eric Jelinski on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Canada is a vast land and great beauty but precious little hospitable farm land. The Niagara once housed the majority of tender fruits I grew up on as a child but has been abandoned in favour of roads and factories. Now we import much of our tender fruit - such a wasteful practice and such inferior products. Now we have turned our sights on another gem of food producing capacity and are willing to chew it up so we can pave more places?? We are willing to risk the quality of our water so we can get another highrise along the waterfront in TO? We already can barely see the Lake that gave Toronto charm! Rob Strang's comments are right on!! The Greater Golden Horseshoe Growth Plan needs some serious reconsideration!

Submitted by Shelly Godden on Monday, November 21, 2011

I grew up in the Mississauga area, and watched as the prime farmland there got buried by urbanization. Yes, people have to have a place to live, but how are you going to feed them all if we keep destroying our agricultural lands?

Submitted by Catherine Dutfield on Monday, November 21, 2011

Company spokesperson Lindsay Broadhead is an employee of global public relations company Hill & Knowlton brought in to salvage the PR mess in which the proponent is immersed. The company bought the land under the guise of potato farming, continues to verbally contradict its own licence application and has generally earned the distrust of anyone who is paying attention. The company has no quarry experience and has no credibility. The company works entirely for its own gain and not for the benefit of Canadians. Protect Prime Farmland. Protect Our Water.

Submitted by No_Mega-Quarry on Monday, November 21, 2011

Many other countries recycle a lot more aggregate than Canada does. Also, limestone could be dug from non-farmland and transported by the much better option of trains rather than hundreds of trucks. I live near this proposed mega-quarry and consider this a potentially enormous environmental disaster. 6 million litres of water would have to be pumped out of this quarry forever! and the water the Highland Company proposes to pump back into the ground would be contaminated with blasting chemicals. This mega quarry should not be in anyone's back yard. It would destroy some of Canada's best farmland and the risk of polluting many river systems is huge. The "need" for aggregate doesn't begin to be as important as the need to preserve clean drinking water and prime farmland.

Submitted by Heather on Monday, November 21, 2011

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