- Fri. Jun. 7, 2013
FORCE recipient of Environmentalist of the Year award
- Wed., Apr. 24, 2013
Mahoney: Quarry foes set to celebrate holding their ground
- Mon., Apr. 8, 2013
Quarry battle over opponents say
- Wed.,Mar. 27, 2013
FORCE ready to celebrate quarry victory
- Thurs., Mar. 14, 2013
My View: The community that could
What a wonderful Community we live in!
This weekend, over 400 friends and neighbours joined together to celebrate an important milestone in our long battle against the proposed St Marys Cement Flamborough Quarry. Young and old joined together at a Community BBQ held at the Carlisle Golf and Country Club. We celebrated the announcement made last month by our MPP Ted McMeekin that the Provincial Government had taken a position on the proposed Flamborough Quarry. Through a Ministerial Zoning Order (MZO), issued by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the province announced it was freezing the current zoning on the proposed quarry site, as agricultural and conservation management, and thereby preventing the lands from being used for any industrial purposes. The Province’s voice is now added to all the other voices in unanimous opposition against the proposed development. Joining the Community at the event were MPP Ted McMeekin, Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr, Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Flamborough Councillor Robert Pasuta, and Milton Councillor Cindy Lunau. Each of them praised the Community for our science based and professional approach, and committed their support to see the fight through until St Marys Cement exhausts its legal options. Unfortunately, St Marys Cement continues to pursue its quarry development despite the united and substantive opposition presented so far. Just last week, they filed an application to have the MZO revoked and requested that the application be referred the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). Even with the Province taking a supportive position, an OMB hearing will be in our future. The good news is that our Community has already demonstrated that it has what it takes to succeed. If we keep working together and pooling our resources, we can continue to achieve similar success. On Sunday, while surrounded by the beautiful environment we live in, and sharing the afternoon with members of our vibrant community, it was clear that this wonderful community is going to collectively see this fight through to the bitter end. After all, Together We Will Succeed!
Chair and Spokesperson
Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment (FORCE)