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Magnitude of a Mega-Quarry

August 30, 2011

On Tuesday morning I attended a presentation of citizen petitions to MP David Tilson and MPP Sylvia Jones regarding the proposed mega-quarry in Melancthon Township. One might wonder why I travelled north of Orangeville to the Monora Park Pavillion when clearly the proposed quarry location is a long way from Bolton. Just as a pebble dropped in a pond creates ripples the impacts of this Highland proposal, if approved, would project outward well beyond Melancthon’s boundaries…..especially to their market south of the quarry, which means truck trips through Caledon.

In April a motion was passed at Town of Caledon Council, moved by myself and seconded by Councillor Paterak, to send a letter of objection to the Ministry of Natural Resources. In addition the motion directed that the Town of Caledon retain a consultant with expertise on Aggregate Resources Act applications to ensure that our concerns are considered and addressed.

The North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce ( ) claims this is the largest quarry ever proposed in Canada, that the pit would be deeper than Niagara Falls and that it would span over 2,300 acres (initially). And they are asking for your help in opposition.

So whether your concern is the potential impact on our headwaters, the thousands (yes, thousands) of truck trips released onto our roads, or the loss of farmland, this is an issue deserving of your attention folks.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. StephSant permalink
    September 1, 2011 9:19 pm

    Hi Patty!
    It’s Steph Sant, your old neighbour.
    I found this blog entry particularly interesting because I have been following this.
    I know many people who visit quarries and such. But, and now this may sound silly, what are Quarries for to begin with? And what would expanding a quarry benefit?


    • September 2, 2011 8:24 am

      Hi Steph, nice to ear from you again! Quarries are basically open-pit mines. The rock/minerals mined usually provide material used for building and road construction.

  2. K. MacDuffee permalink
    September 1, 2011 10:56 pm

    Good for you, Patti. Thank you for being there to represent Caledon.

    I would like to get this message to the McGuinty gang, however, especially the MNR minister. And I know that you spearheaded an official concern to them as well.

    My hope is that with an election on the horizon, this issue will be front and centre and will put the Liberals in the hot seat and give us some real answers.

    • September 2, 2011 8:27 am

      Hi Kay. Last night’s announcement about an Environmental Assessment being required is a really good start!

  3. Valerie permalink
    January 25, 2012 9:15 am

    I have not heard much about this issue of late in the press, although the concerns about the potential expansion of the Tottenham Oit have certainly been in the news. What is the status on the Mega Quarry? Hopefully both get blocked.

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