Ontario Citizens' Coalitions
Groups involved with gravel concerns
BMWT: Blue Mountain Watershed Trust
Foundation is committed to ensuring the continued environmental
health and integrity of the BMWTF watershed.
Caledon Countryside Alliance. The CCA website says,
"Over the next 20 years you can expect an increase in the
amount of land that is mined for aggregates. Even more of the Niagara
Escarpment and the Oak Ridges Moraine will be ripped up for gravel and
stone. The CCA is involved in activities that help place value on our
current environment and our lifestyle."
Coalition of Concerned Citizens is committed to ensuring good land
use planning in Caledon - particularly associated with defeating the
Rockfort quarry application.
Citizens Concerned for Michipicoten Bay. CCMB is opposing a proposed
quarry on the North Shore of Lake Superior. At the core of their concern
is a 1,000 acre block of former Algoma Central Railway lands at Michipicoten
Harbour that have been sold to a U.S. company which intends to strip the
site of soil, vegetation, and timber, and then drill, blast and crush the
coastal rock to within 60 metres of the Lake Superior shoreline. The
resulting aggregate is destined for shipment by freighter to Michigan for
use in highway construction.
- CLT: Mill Creek
Subwatershed Community Liaison Team. Environmental issues in the general
Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment is a coalition of 30
environmental organizations and hundreds of individual citizens. It was
formed in 1978 and has worked consistently for the protection of the
Escarpment and its many values to Ontario society (from CONE website).
CONE has concerns about the expansion of Dufferin Aggregates' Halton Quarry.
Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment is a grass roots
non-profit citizens organization dedicated to preserving the Niagara
Escarpment, ensuring that no new highway corridors are paved across the
Niagara Escarpment, and ensuring that all viable alternatives to the
proposed Mid-Peninsula Highway are fully considered.
Conserve Our Rural Environment. Mono Mulmur Citizens' Coalition
opposing "a 200 acre gravel pit in the Christmas tree farm across from the
Little Tract Forest Preserve on Airport Road."
CWRA: Conestogo-Winterbourne Residents Association. Mission
is to mitigate the impact of a gravel pit within our community.
Wildlands Defence League. Mission is to preserve and
protect the environment, including plants and wildlife, air and water, while
continuing to foster land uses that are compatible with agriculture and
recreation in order to enhance the quality of life for people in the former
Township of Dalton in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
Environment Haliburton will take a comprehensive view of
environmental issues and will provide a strong voice to encourage positive
initiatives and oppose those that could have an adverse effect on the
environment. EH! recognizes and wants to work with the existing
organizations that have an interest in specific environmental subjects,
forest, wetlands, head-waters, trails, recreation, lake associations etc
- FACT-MB: Friends
Addressing Concerns Together in McNab/Braeside is a volunteer group
of members from the community. The Township of McNab/Braeside is a beautiful
place to live where residents have always had a lifestyle with access to
clean water and fresh air. Through community participation we strive to
encourage positive initiatives from our elected officials and oppose those
that could have an adverse effect on the community and environment that we
call home... We would like to note upfront that our organization is not
anti-aggregate nor anti-road. Simply put, the proposal to expand the
Braeside Quarry and to add an asphalt plant, either temporary or permanent,
is not compatible with the existing residential community that has been
Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment is a
citizen-based advocacy group that has formed to protect our local
communities and environment and to oppose the proposed St. Mary's Cement aggregate
operation on 11th Concession East.
- GABP: Grey Association for Better
Planning. Mission is 1. To PROMOTE good land-use planning
policy and practice at township, county and provincial levels of government.
2. To IDENTIFY and take action on land uses that are unwise or illegal. 3.
To SUPPORT citizens threatened by unwise planning decisions or illegal land
use on neighbouring properties. 4. To INFORM the public on planning issues.
HCEG: Harrington Creek Eco Group
says, regarding a proposed gravel pit near the head waters of the Thames
River: Unfortunately, pressures from development interests risk
destroying the natural uniqueness in this part of the watershed by
excavating the aggregate resources found in the hillsides of this recharge
Melancthon Citizens Coalition. Goals are to make Melancthon a more
desirable place in which to live, to raise families, and to operate
businesses, large or small. The goal is to create a modern, environmentally
responsible Melancthon Township that will attract new residents, and new,
appropriate residential, agricultural, and business developments. MCC is
opposing pit a proposal by Strada.
MRA. Milton Ratepayers Association is
an organization developed and maintained to
successfully inform all levels of Government on issues affecting Town of
Milton members (residents.)
Milton Rural Ratepayers Association. Working to: ensure that the
interests of the residents of rural Milton are encouraged, heard and
NDACT: The mission of the North
Dufferin Agriculture and Community Taskforce is to preserve and protect the
unique and non-renewable resources of North Dufferin County - including the
Headwaters that supply Water to hundreds of thousands of Ontarians', our
exceptional Prime Agricultural Farmland and the environment, social economic
and cultural characteristics that have been such an important and vibrant
part of our community and its heritage for more than 150 years.
Niagara Escarpment Foundation is a registered charitable organization founded in 2001 to
educate and encourage public awareness of the natural and cultural
significance of the Niagara Escarpment and to conduct or sponsor research
related to the social-ecological systems of the Niagara Escarpment.
is a non-profit conservation association working to ensure that Oakville
remains a beautiful and healthy place to live. We intend to create, partner
and encourage initiatives that will safeguard or improve the environment
within our community, and protect the environmentally significant features
of our surroundings for future generations. They are actively opposing
the proposal to expand the Dufferin Aggregates Milton quarry on the Niagara
- OGW: Oxford Green Watch is
dedicated to protecting the rights of Oxford County citizens to a healthy
environment through participation in transparent government decision-making
and monitoring of local aggregate activities.
- Ontario Greenbelt
Alliance believes that a strong economy and a
well-protected, world-class Greenbelt go hand in hand. Our businesses cannot
prosper if goods and services are stuck in gridlock. Family recreational
opportunities are diminished if there is no green space left to enjoy. A
future free of polluted air and water depends on improved planning today.
The Alliance says Unless current trends change, over the next 30
years more than 1,000 sq. km of non-urban land in southern Ontario will be
consumed by urban sprawl - nearly twice the area of the existing City of
Toronto. About 92% of this area is classified by the Canadian Land Inventory
as prime agricultural land. Urban sprawl increases car-dependence, traffic
congestion and air pollution. According to the Ontario Medical Association,
air pollution is a public health crisis that causes thousands of premature
deaths every year. Congestion in the Toronto area alone costs us $1.8
billion per year in lost productivity. If we continue to build more highways
to accommodate more urban sprawl, by 2031 the hours of delay experienced by
auto drivers on a typical weekday are projected to rise 300%, from about
300,000 hours/day to 1.2 million hours/day.
- Peninsula Lake Association
wishes to ensure that current and future generations will enjoy: Pristine
water quality; Beautiful natural vistas, landscapes and shorelines; A
diverse and sustainable natural heritage of plants, fish and wildlife;
Economic development, property development and commercial operations that
provide employment, social and recreational opportunities, and access to the
lake while respecting the natural, social and historical character of the
lake; A tranquil ambience that nourishes and recreates the spirits of
community residents and lake users; Social and recreational activities and
facilities that promote a spirit of community and neighbourliness; Historic
and cultural features, including neighbourhoods, areas and buildings.
Pen Lake Association is opposing an application for the establishment of
a quarry overlooking Peninsula Lake.
Pilkington East Ratepayers Association is opposing a proposed pit in
the middle of the village of Inverhaugh, near Elora, Ontario.
Protecting Escarpment Rural Land. Mission: To Protect Burlington's
Niagara Escarpment Rural Land for Future Generations. One objective: To
prevent the opening of a new North Burlington quarry on the Niagara
Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources. Goals are: To save
the Niagara Escarpment. To reduce society's need for landfill sites by
encouraging source reduction, composting and recycling by all citizens,
commercial and residential. To promote environmental awareness through
education and networking with other like minded organizations.
PitSense: is a community of people organized to respond to
proposals for further increases in the number of aggregate operations in
We are opposed to the continuing 'Domino Effect' growth of open pit mines
and quarries in the agricultural and rural residential areas of the Niagara
Escarpment and UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
People for Responsible Escarpment
Development Caledon was initially founded by front line residents
to challenge the McCormick Pit proposed for Heart Lake Road. This licence
would add to the current 3800 acre corridor of open pit mines between
Caledon Village and Belfountain. Before this supersized aggregate
development continues to expand the question of its cumulative impact on an
extremely sensitive and environmentally threatened ecosystem must be
investigated and addressed. Contact
Save the Oak Ridges Moraine is a coalition of over 25 member groups
and individuals whose focus of concern includes preserving the ecological
integrity of the Oak Ridges Moraine. STORM was founded in October 1989 by
community-based groups and individuals concerned about development pressures
on the Oak Ridges Moraine and a Planning Act that was not addressing the
environmental needs of this fragile eco-system.
- Town of South
Bruce Peninsula citizens coalition. Committed to
ensuring good land use planning in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.
Committed to defeating the application by Everest Tree Farm, Inc. for a
Category 2 Class "A" Licence Below Groundwater Quarry.
- TTRPOA: Trent Talbot
River Property Owners Association of the Townships of Ramara, Brock and
the City of Kawartha Lakes. In the Orillia Packet and Times: In gathering information
for a legal battle that has so far cost $200,000, the association became
concerned about the proliferation of quarries in the area and the lack of a
comprehensive provincial plan governing their locations. A purpose of
TTRPOA is to stop the Moyer Arnel quarry from opening its operations at the
McCarthy site, which is roughly 600 metres from the Trent-Severn Waterway.
TTRPOA is concerned about the quality and quantity of water for wells, the
canal, the Talbot river fish sanctuary (the last Walleye Spawning ground for
the Lake Simcoe Watershed) and is working towards a moratorium on
watertaking for a year or two so that an Aggregate Management Plan can be
established by the Province of Ontario, for the Carden Plain.
Valley Voices is a community group with over 80 members formed to
oppose the creation of a gravel pit on the south side of Shelter Valley Road
in Alnwich-Haldimand Township, Ontario (near Peterborough).
WMRA: West Montrose Residents' Association. Bridge Keeper for
Ontario's covered bridge. Capital Paving has applied to locate a
massive gravel pit at the end of the historic West Montrose Covered Bridge
(build in 1881). Bridge Keepers is a Non Profit group of thoughtful,
committed citizens, each of whom has a significant stake in "The Covered
Bridge Experience". We are committed to preserving the heritage, culture,
quality of life and unique appeal of this special place; and to protecting
it and its people from misuse or exploitation.