Thursday, September 29, 2011

Give Me Spots On My Apples, But Leave Me The Birds & The Bees

While the majority of my blog posts are based around rants, beer and nonsensical ramblings, there are some things that I write about because I want to create more awareness; inform readers about issues that I consider to be of some importance or relevance. This is one of them.

If you live in Ontario, there's a good chance you've heard about the Mega Quarry proposed by The Highland Companies. You've probably also seen signs on your neighbours' lawns, like these ones:

But there's also a good chance that you're not completely sure what everyone is protesting against. What's the big deal? Well, lemme 'splain it to you - or, should I say, have the NDACT explain it to you (since they'll surely say something better than "dude, this mega quarry is bad news bears 'n stuff!" A vast improvement on my own verbiage, no doubt).

From their website:

This is an application for what would be the largest ever quarry in Canada and the second largest in North America.The proposed quarry site is situated on prime agricultural land, to be excavated invasively 200 feet below the water table in the midst of the headwaters for a number of significant river systems that serve a large portion of Ontario’s population.

Due to the sheer magnitutude of the proposed excavation, and the fact that it lays in a highly sensitive water recharge area, any miscalculation, oversight or other error could result in an environmental catastrophe of enormous proportions.

Like I said - bad news bears.

So, what can we do about it? There are a few things.

Join the Facebook page. Sign one of the many petitions. Get a sign for your lawn.

And, if you're local (or up for a road trip), grab a ticket to Foodstock - some of Canada's top chefs will be cooking at this pay-what-you-can event as a fundraiser in support of the movement.

The more we fight against it, the better the chances that it won't happen.

For more info, you can read all about it at

(See mom? Not even a mention of beer in this post! Except that one. and the one before. Ah, nevermind...)


Masuka said...

where is this quarry? what are they digging for? is it gold?? I like gold.

Vernon said...

There's always room for more volunteers!

Kris said...

Masuka - Nope, no gold. That'd change everything!

Vernon - I'll let 'em know.

Mike D. said...

Pretty far from Niagara, but maybe I'll go anyway. Carpool anyone?

Kris said...

If you were on Facebook, you'd find people.

Anonymous said...

Found this write up from the NoMegaQuarry twitter. Thanks for calling more attention to this, every bit truly helps.

Kris said...

Thanks for reading, anon!

alex said...

I'll quite likely much do anything you say to do. So I'm getting a sign.

Kris said...

Anything I say, huh? Excellent. ;)

Montgomery said...

Thanks for reading, anon!

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