In 2011, The Highland Companies, filed an application with the province for the largest quarry in Canadian history on the best farmland in Ontario and at the headwaters of five river systems. The mega Quarry would have sprawled across 2,316 acres and would have plunged 200 feet below the water table on a 15,000 acre plateau of Class 1 farmland. The massive open-pit limestone quarry would have put rare agricultural soil and precious water resources at risk in Melancthon Township. A large and diverse group of rural and urban residents launched a Stop the Mega Quarry movement. It was a success.
On November 21, 2012, The Highland Companies announced it was withdrawing its Mega Quarry application and plans for a rail corridor through Dufferin County to Owen Sound. However, the fate of the land and water was unknown. Highland Companies still owned 6,500 acres of Class 1 farmland and could re-apply at any time.
Then on July 16, 2013, Bonnefield Financial, an investment firm specializing in acquiring farmland, bought all of Highland's land. Bonnefield's president, Tom Eisenhauser, announced the fields will continue to be farmed. After many years of uncertainty, it seems the best agricultural soil in the province and its bounty are safe for the time being.
While the Melancthon fields may be secure, Ontario's prime farmland and source water regions remain vulnerable. The present Provincial Policy Statement and Aggregate Resources Act still allow non-farming development on land and water that sustain us. Until legislation is changed, these vital resources are still at risk.
We must now ensure that our source waters and prime agricultural lands are protected, and not at risk of being destroyed.....thus the beginning of our:
Food & Water First campaign, round 2 of 2.
- Published on Saturday, 25 March 2017 18:00
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On April 1, 2017 the environment committee of MC2 will be sponsoring a free presentation on Lyme Disease.
It will be held at Monora Park Pavilion in the Banquet Hall.
Doors open at 9 AM
Presentations: 9:30 AM - Noon
There will be displays, handouts (on identification, removal of ticks, the course of Lyme disease etc.) and free refreshments.
This is an important issue that concerns all of us. As the climate continues to change, the number of infected ticks is increasing in Ontario and our region. The consequences of undiagnosed Lyme disease can be disabling for decades and at times can result in an early death.
- Published on Thursday, 02 March 2017 15:58
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Join Ontario Farmland Trust.....
as they explore the future of farming and farmland protection in Ontario.
There will be presentations and discussions about:
- the potential impacts of shifting farmland ownership,
- the significance of soil classification to inform land use planning,
- and how Ontario compares to the rest of Canada in farmland protection.
In light of Ontario’s own policy changes from the Four Plan Review, hear about the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s experience with setting firm urban growth boundaries.
Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (registration opens at 8:30 AM)
Where: Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre, 400 Memorial Ave., Orillia