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|Activities in 2016|
Millers applies to appeal the OMB decision. They must get permission to proceed to an appeal hearing. FACT, with the help of CELA, and the township will oppose this application.
McNab Braeside Township turned down FACT's request for funding for our costs at the OMB hearing, despite the fact that we paid for the key witnesses for the township's case at OMB, and despite what a loss would cost the township in terms of lower property taxes due to lower assessments on surrounding properties. For more details read the Letter to the Editor here.
FACT-MB are News Makers of the Year according to the Arnprior Chronical Guide. Read the Article
|Activities in 2015|
Inc. Wins against Miller Group at OMB
FACT-MB Inc. is ecstatic! The Ontario Municipal Board decision by Marc Denhez has come out clearly on the side of the Community.
There will be NO Permanent Asphalt Plant in the Braeside Quarry! Proper setbacks to residents’ property lines must be kept as the quarry expands. The Township Noise By-Law will be upheld. The Wildlife Corridor will be included with the Wildlife Protection Area and a new zoning classification will be made to protect them both. This 58 page decision contains much careful detail to protect this community, but still allow the quarry to expand. Click to Read The OMB Decision, The FACT-MB Press release and the CELA Press Release
FACT-MB has asked McNab-Braeside council for reembursement of our costs to go to OMB Click for details
March 2015 The Culmination of 9 years of our battle. click here to Read a report of the OMB HEARING
In January 2015, a new Council passed Bylaw 2015-03 which gave the Golf Club Road residents a 300 m buffer on Miller property but still left the zoning as aggregate reserve. So FACT-MB appealed both the original Bylaw from 2013 and the new bylaw to try to get protective zoning, such as ‘Environmentally Protected’ for the alvar and the 300 m buffer. All the appellants were on the same side as the Township in opposing the permanent asphalt plant and wanting a 300 m buffer between residents and the class III industry of the quarry. Miller appealed, wanting the permanent asphalt plant and the huge expansion.
|Activities in 2014|
Fall 2014 : Preparation for mediation sessions which Millers never agreed to participate in, and preparation for the OMB hearing in March 2015
Summer of 2014 : Various fundrailsing activities.
In June, 2013, McNab/Braeside Council voted against the permanent asphalt plant but gave Miller an enormous expansion, as much as 200 years’ worth of aggregate at the expense of the residents of Golf Club Road, giving Miller 150 m of residents’ property as a buffer for their Class III industry. FACT-MB Inc. took the municipality to the OMB to support John Kerr and David Simek, Golf Club Road property owners, in their appeal of Bylaw 2013-31. This Bylaw had also left all the Miller property zoned as EMR or aggregate reserve which could be extracted later, thus destroying the globally rare alvar.
quantity and quality will be affected; our hydrogeologist says it is only
a matter of time. What will you do?
June 1 FASHION SHOW AUCTION Fundraiser SUNDAY,
JUNE 1 Starting at 1:30 pm ARNPRIOR GOLF CLUBHOUSE ALL SEASONS, ALL SIZES
YOUNG and MATURE New, Quality Fashions Designers such as Lauren, Nygard,
Melani, Jones NY, DKNY, and more See
May 2014. Stop Expansion and Industrialization of Braeside Quarry!
|January 29, 2014 - The Pre Hearing
Conference was held in the McNab/Braeside Council Chambers. Besides those
residents appealing the Municipal By-Law 2013-31, Miller appealed the By-Law
so they could have standing at the hearing and also appealed the Council's
decision not to allow them to install a permanent asphalt plant in the Braeside
Quarry. The Council Chambers were packed by residents interested in Conference
results. Issues, witnesses and participants were listed for the actual OMB
Because of reduction of OMB personnel, the actual hearing date was set for March 2, 2015.
|Activities in 2013|
November 7, 2013 - The Canadian Environmental
Law Association took on FACT-MB Inc. as clients for the OMB appeal. CELA
is a non-profit, public interest organization representing people or communities
who do not have funds to fight their own legal environmental battles.
There are only four lawyers in Ontario and two will represent our group
at OMB pro bono. Read the Press
Tuesday July 2nd
Tuesday June 18th
June 18th 2013, Council passed By-Law 2013-31 giving Miller all the area
they had requested for their expansion, expanding to within 150 m of residents'
property lines. This meant that the 300 m buffer required for Class III
industry would actually be half on neighbours' property rather than Miller's
property as is required.
June 13th McNab-Braeside teenager Traleena Rouleau, who opposes the proposal to expand operations and add an asphalt plant at the Braeside Quarry, tapes her mouth shut to drive home her contention that township council has not given youth a proper chance to express their views.
May 27th The MOE Releases a report which expresses concern about water contamination and water quantity for the residents.
May 27th. MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) OBJECTS TO THE EXPANSION. They found multitude of errors and omissions to several of the studies. Read their letter.
Responses to Technical Questions by Miller's consultants, the peer reviewers, MOE and MNR. These are answers to some questions posed by council or by the public.
May : Traleena Rouleau, a local resident and high school student, started
a "Say NO" campaign at the high school, gathered over 500 signatures
on a petition against the quarry expansion and created a video which you
can view on YouTube at : :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YK-Q_SWT7k
Public meetings date changes : It had been Mon., Tues., Thurs. May 6,
7, and 9th. It has been changed so that there are three consecutive days,
May 6, 7, and 8th if needed. Times have not changed.
EVENT MOVED TO MAY 6TH : (this was previously on April 9th) Hydrogeologist Wilf Ruland, (read his CV) who has spent more than 100 hours reviewing the quarry documents, will make a presentation to council. Read his a summary of his preliminary findings.
Feb 21st A news story about 5 families living near a bitument facility. Families abandon homes near Alberta bitumen facility
Feb 9th Emissions Expert Henry Cole reviews the Millers studies and finds some serious flaws.
Feb 9th MimicoNeighbours Fight Cement Plant Read about the issues surrounding a cement plant in a residential area.
Jan 19th, 2013 : Severe fire at Oshawa Asphalt plant closes area businsses
and toxic smoke emissions threaten neighbours' health. 12 hours after
it started "...nine trucks and nearly 40 firefighters were still
working to extinguish the large fire..." To read more and see the
here. This is important to you because of the Miller proposal to put
a permanent plant in the Braeside Quarry.
McNab-Braeside Council has tentatively scheduled special public meetings to review the Miller proposal.
January 15th, 2013 3-6 PM 4 studies : Traffic, Blasting, Noise and Air
These meeting are open to the public. The county planner is the speaker. Understand that these meeting are not for public comments. Public meetings will be held some time after March 12th. The dates will be posted here as soon as they are available.
|Activities in 2012|
December : Fundraising required for Consultant fees. Please contribute what you can.
|November A Flyer was distributed to 750 addresses in RR#1 Braeside, regarding the expansion.|
November : Millers application for permanent asphalt plant and expansion completed. Residents want to hear from the peer reviewers. Read Letter to the Editor
March : Braeside Residents launch 30 lawsuits against Millers over asphalt plant emissions in 2010 and 2011.
Millers appeals 2011 Court judgement. This will be heard in court early in 2013.
|Activities in 2011|
November 2011 Braeside Residents win their lawsuit, and are awarded monitary compensation. Read the judgement here
Press Release : Braeside Ridge Residents Suit Against Miller: Update.
Activities in 2010
|On Jan 15 a lawsuit against Miller Group Inc. was launched in Provincil court in Renfrew Ontario. Read the Press Release.|
|Activities in 2009|
|The temporary asphalt plant ran in the fall of 2009. . THIS POSES AN IMMANENT DANGER. 1 litre of spilled gasoline can contaminate 1 million litres of water! Read more, and find the names of who to complain to here.|
|Communication Activities||Presentations and Studies|
Read a Chronical Guide Article
The council voted not to include a SWH designation for the Alvar in the new Official Plan. because of the fears of some landowners that it would impair their ability to use their land. This letter explains the designation clearly.
With the proposed expansion and industrialization of the Braeside Quarry we have become aware of the threat to our water and air quality. Read about our health concerns.
This letter to Mr. W. James Hutton, Senior Planner, Renfrew County is an example of the work we do to correct misconceptions that some officials hold. The Ministry of Natural Resources, including Mr. Mike Dumouchel, Aggregate Inspector, also received a letter.
We have collected a number of useful links related to this situation.
Here is the link to the Braeside Alvar blog at www.naturecanada.ca
Wilf Ruland, MSc. in Hydrogeology (groundwater) made a presentation to FACT-MB on June 3rd, 2009, at the Arnprior Golf Course. Read a summary of his presentation.
Potential Environmental Impacts of Quarrying Stone in Karst by the US Geological Survey (a 3 Megabyte download)
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