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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Ministry calls for full environmental assessment by mega quarry proponents
    by such a huge site being dug below the water table The company had up to two years to attempt to address all of the concerns submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources including those raised by the Ministry of the Environment But MOE spokesman Kate Jordan indicated it could now take much longer than that with the environmental assessment being ordered She said in an interview on Sept 2 individual Environmental Assessments are often required for projects of this size She explained the Highlands Company will have to consider any environmental problems and how to address them That means consultation with government and citizens and Highlands will have to provide a work plan and what it will do if there are problems She said before the ministry approves or rejects the application the company must provide a terms of reference Jordan said it could take years for the company to complete all the work of the environmental assessment and added the process will be similar to what someone looking for a new landfill would have to complete When we reviewed the project it became clear more work needed to be done she said adding the impact on water was a factor in the ministry s decision Estimates were that up to 600 million litres of water a day would be involved once the company dug below the water table and opponents and agencies like the GRCA strongly questioned the company s ability to cope with that much water Jordan added the pace of the work to gain approval for the quarry will now be determined by the Highlands Company but citizens and agencies will have a chance to comment as that work proceeds Wilkinson said in his statement Today s decision ensures that a transparent and independent assessment of the environmental impacts of Melancthon quarry proposal will be conducted The Advertiser contacted Highland Companies for a statement and received the following by email We were surprised at this extraordinary and targeted step taken by the government in the midst of a charged political environment particularly given our strong view that the proven process designated by the Aggregate Resources Act and the Planning Act is robust and sufficient to consider all aspects of our project We remain committed to our project which is supported by extensive scientific and economic analysis and we are confident it will withstand an unbiased process that is premised on facts and data The company might have those hopes but there could be another delay because Wellington Halton Hills MP Michael Chong is also opposed to the quarry He has asked the federal Ministry of the Environment also demand a federal environmental assessment Chong said he has three reasons that fall under federal jurisdiction for the move there is a federal species at risk issue within the lands the Henslow sparrow is at risk in the habitat there there is a fisheries issue because the Pine River which flows through the area is a cold water

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9783 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Tractor rally Aug. 28 to stop mega-quarry
    number 625007 Sideroad 15 near the proposed 2 400 acre quarry site There will be live music and free farmer s potluck dinner to celebrate Owners are asked to bring tractors of all colours ages and sizes and horses and ponies are welcome too For details visit info ndact com or www facebook com no mega quarry August 26 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Highland decries unprecedented Environmental Assessment of quarry Ministry calls for full environmental assessment by mega quarry proponents Busy Saturday for recent round of King of the Pull competitions in Elora Tractor rally Aug 28 to stop mega quarry Show Aug 27 for Food Grains Bank MOE says companys plans for mega quarry fail to meet standards Chong opposes mega quarry at federal level Council of Canadians to hear

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9688 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - MOE says companys plans for mega quarry fail to meet standards
    be no further consideration of the proposed quarry until all the questions and concerns raised by the Grand River Conservation Authority have been addressed We must protect the quality and quantity of our groundwater and surface water now and in the future said Sandals In her letter to Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffries Sandals wrote The GRCA raises concerns about the extraordinarily large water taking 600 000 000 litres per day required to de water the quarry the credibility of the Highland Companies assumption that none of this water will be consumed and the viability of the Highland Companies plan to eventually rehabilitate by de watering the proposed quarry in perpetuity Sandals added The GRCA also raises numerous technical concerns about future impacts on both groundwater and surface water Minister of the Environment and Perth Wellington MPP John Wilkinson did not respond to a request for an interview but he did email a statement In it he cited the MOE s role in protecting human health and the environment and said his ministry would contact the Ministry of Natural Resources about issues dealing with water if there are concerns In regard to the proposed Highland quarry project in Melancthon the Ministry of the Environment has raised serious concerns with the Ministry of Natural Resources concerning water Wilkinson stated in his email The company has up to two years to attempt to address all of the concerns submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources including those raised by the Ministry of the Environment Of note this is the very beginning of the process and it would be premature to prejudge the outcome But he added Even if a quarry is approved by the Ministry of Natural Resources it can not extract aggregate below the water table unless it subsequently receives a Permit to Take Water from the Ministry of the Environment That is yet another safeguard to protect our vital ground water resources That response is likely to be more pleasing than the one that Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffries gave to the mayor of Melancthon at a meeting he set up to convey municipal concerns She was unsympathetic to protests about the quarry When Melancthon Township Mayor Bill Hill met with her she indicated the decision had been made and You might get a nice golf course out of it Since then though protests have mounted and the concerns have spread First Nations joined a number of other protesters to walk from Toronto s Queen s Park to the quarry site this summer to raise awareness about the issue Federally MP Michael Chong recently spoke out in parliament against the mega quarry proposal stating This is an environmental disaster in the making At the local government level Centre Wellington Mayor Joanne Ross Zuj brought the issue to her township s committee of the whole on Monday She said the township has no legal method of commenting on the process it did during the environmental commenting period because the

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9566 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Puslinch adopts amendments to taxi bylaw
    discussed at Wellington County council There were a number of changes Lever said Some of it had to do with definitions of accessible vehicles and removal of some definitions that were more restrictive in the area of accessibility Lever said The proposed amendments require overall approval of the lower tier municipalities Councillors here endorsed the proposed amendments October 21 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Council passes taxes borrowing bylaws Debris unlicenced vehicles keeping new enforcement officer busy Habitat for Humanity launch well attended Erin yet to pass fortification bylaw OPP Inspector Scott Smith reviews the issue Ice schedule conflicts taking place at Aberfoyle ice pad Proposal for shoulder paving on local highways may be impossible Council wants more information before deciding on pit infilling Stokley concerned with how costs will be covered Shorter may be better for email addresses Habitat event signalling return to township Traffic counts may not be helpful in setting speed limits in Puslinch Township Pedestrian bridge model should be investigated Surplus farm home severance issue reaches Puslinch councillors Cox Construction applies to expand gravel pit Possible unity in water protection rules Year one Dennis Lever sees much to be proud of in Puslinch The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion Community Deaths Digital Publications Classifieds Centre Wellington Wellington North Mapleton Minto Guelph Eramosa Erin Puslinch Police Report Editorial Letters to the Editor Columns Cartoon Editorial Policy Submit a Letter Sports

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10171 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Council quick to give okay to county taxi bylaw
    a clause that stated No person shall drive or act as a driver of any accessible taxicab without first having completed a wheelchair and occupant restraint system training program with respect to the handling safety restraint transportation care and safety of disabled passengers written proof of which shall be provided prior to the issuance of any accessible taxicab licence There was no answer at Mapleton council but Whale brought up the issue two days later at county council which is waiting for all lower tier municipalities to approve the changes before it can finally pass it Warden Chris White said that change came from the provincial government which recently approved that part of the bill as part of its handicapped access legislation White explained that because the province wants that law municipalities must obey it so county officials included it in the changes being made to their original bylaw Clerk Patty Sinnamon said the bylaw came from the Police Services Board and county council is now waiting for the seven lower tier municipalities to give their assent County councillors heard that the bylaw changes had only been recently sent to the other municipalities and none of them had yet notified county officials what they had done about the request Centre Wellington council has also given its approval to the changes October 7 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Council passes taxes borrowing bylaws

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10035 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Deal struck to clean up site of former gas station
    commercial outlet But he said that is years away and in the meantime merchants in the area were upset about its appearance Foster said some of them contacted Suncor and negotiations began Chief administrative officer Michael Wood said after the council meeting the lease is basically the taxes about 3 600 a year Suncor is planning to keep it on the market but basically they don t expect to be able to sell it for 15 years Foster said Wood said public works director Ken Elder has dubbed the site Sun Corners a take off on BT Corner in Fergus Foster said Suncor donated 5 000 to help with the beautification and the Elora Business Improvement Area added another 4 000 Former township councillor and current county councillor Shawn Watters drew the plans Volunteers have already offered to help with planting That includes trees and shrubs with Watters arranging for plants through the county Green Legacy program and there is the possibility of artwork being displayed there too There is a statue known locally as The Tall Man just east of the intersection that Foster said might be moved to the site as well Elder is consulting with the arts community about art being placed in the downtown Foster added the site might be the site of an information kiosk used to direct visitors to area attractions Council approved the deal unanimously September 30 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9956 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Charity golf tournament still seeking teams
    s intended recipients are the Minto Arts Council and the Harriston Historical Society There is still space available for teams to participate and organizers have opened up the deadline until Sept 6 to register For those interested in putting a team together the cost to enter is 400 which includes a meal and prizes Organizers would also like to thank the many hole sponsors gift donors and big prize sponsors that have already contributed their time and money towards this tournament Without their support the tournament would not be a success If you are interested in registering a team please visit www town minto on ca or call 519 338 2511 September 2 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Mapleton Minto 81s have successful weekend Town unveils long term water sewer plans Year One Mayor George Bridges goal is to streamline towns procedures Joint economic development meeting held Buddy Holly Anniversary Concert comes to county Rangers face off for charity cause Northern Big Brothers Big Sisters gets recognition FHT Locals should make resolutions they can keep Committee structure gets second look Minto signs on to Road Watch program Correction Northern food banks showered with food Minto to join Road Watch Canada in attempt to combat dangerous driving Harriston Horticultural Society completes year Harriston Havoc Theyre pulling for the hometown team Las Vegas performer comes to area theatre The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion Community

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9752 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Professional players to take part in youth soccer camps
    English Premier League club The No Tippy Tappy Youth Soccer Camp originated in 2009 while Smith was recuperating following open heart surgery His father Graham often used the phrase No Tippy Tappy when coaching soccer to illustrate a wholehearted approach to the game and that s exactly how the camp is run The fun and cordial environment builds sportsmanship and brings out the talent of each soccer player Rockwood s soccer camps met with popular acclaim in 2009 and 2010 Rockmosa Park is a large open space with plenty of grass for youthful legs The splash pad and trees provide shelter from the summer heat Marden s indoor soccer field is air conditioned and can be divided several ways but when there s a chance of sunshine soccer playing can be in the large open grass area surrounding the facility Youths from ages 5 to 14 are invited to join half or full day sessions from July 18 to 22 Rockwood and Marden and from July 25 to 29 Rockwood only Pre registration is recommended Family discounts are available For more details phone 519 856 0015 visit www NoTippyTappy com or email notippytappysoccer hotmail com June 03 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Council rejects request to waive fees for event Council approves early sweeper purchase Landowner proposes Rockwood Tim Hortons Township to assume Rockwood subdivision after lengthy process Chapel roof close to

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9037 (2016-02-16)
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