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Learning from a victory: How Ontario communities stopped a mega quarry

Residents of Melancthon Township are breathing a sigh of relief as years of activism have paid off.  Highland Companies has withdrawn its application for a license to mine aggregate from some of the most productive farmland in Ontario.

In 2006 Highland Companies, backed by a multi-billion dollar U.S.-based hedge fund, began buying up land in Melancthon Township, a community some 120 km north of Toronto. Highland told the community that their only goal was to grow potatoes, after buying out the community's two most productive potato farming operations.

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David Suzuki

Mega-quarry victory shows people have the power

| November 27, 2012

Stomp the mega quarry walk-bike-run event

Saturday, July 28, 2012 (All day)

Location

Honeywood, ON
Canada
44° 13' 22.2276" N, 80° 11' 13.992" W

This summer’s big event to raise funds and awareness about a proposed mega quarry north of Orangeville will include a scenic panorama of the proposed quarry lands. One hilltop vista on the walk/bike/run route looks down over the entire proposed 2,316-acre limestone mega quarry area—now a postcard-perfect scene of rich Ontario farmland. What with high rolling hills, water everywhere and rich farmland, it’s one of the most beautiful vistas in Ontario.

“We’re putting up a picture frame so that when you stand in the spot indicated, you’ll see the rolling fields where these international financiers want to dig this massive pit,” says veteran race organizer Maria Burton. “This event is designed to give people a real appreciation for the land that most have only read about.”

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