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.
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July 28, 2016
The Coordinated Land Review - what does it mean to Dufferin?
Date: July 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Horning's Mills Community Hall, 14 Mill St., Horning's Mills
Join us for the North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce (NDACT) AGM to learn more about the Coordinated Land Review. This draft is a key piece of legislation in the protection of prime farmland and source water regions, a campaign NDACT has participated in since the defeat of the Highland Mega Quarry.
The review is open for public comments until Sept 30. NDACT has invited expert guests to outline the plan and explain what it means for Dufferin County and the Food & Water First campaign. Plus an update on the Bonnefield lands: How is farmland investment working.
Victor Doyle - led the development of Ontario's Greenbelt Plan
Janet Horner - Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance
Tom Eisenhauer - President & CEO, Bonnefield Financial
The NDACT A.G.M. will follow the public meeting.
WRITTEN NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERS OF NORTH DUFFERIN AGRICULTURAL AND COMMUNITY TASKFORCE, INC.
Date of this notice: June 24, 2015
Attention: All Members of North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce, Inc.
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting will be held as follows:
To be held on Thursday July 28, 2016, 7:00 pm
Location: Horning’s Mills Community Centre
This meeting will be held for the following business purposes:
1. To elect Directors;
2. To receive and consider the financial statements of the Corporation; and
3. Transact any and all such business that may lawfully come before such meeting.
Persons who are entitled to vote comprise the Corporation’s Directors, and those Members in good standing that have paid their annual Membership dues in respect of the calendar year 2016, either prior to this date or at any time up to the commencement of this Annual Meeting, and who have been accepted as Members by the Corporation.
Any Member who will be unable to attend has the right to vote by proxy.
Shirley Boxem, Chair
Brian Bell, Vice Chair