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City of Hamilton April 6th, 2006 Open House and Information Meeting:
We Came, We Saw, and We will Conquer!

The City of Hamilton's Open House and Information Meeting on Thursday April 6th, 2006 was a milestone evening for all of us opposing the Lowndes Holdings Corp. application to develop the 8th largest quarry in Canada. The meeting was a long time coming but we were there - by the hundreds - communities standing united - with standing room only. We stayed until the end, hours later that night, and we'll be there until the bitter end of this battle.

Some may call us NIMBY - Not In My Back Yard. Well, this proposal is in our back yard! And when you Think Globally, Act Locally, you protect your back yard first! Our opposition has consistently been factual, science driven, and sensitive to our communities' collective concerns. The evening of April 6th proved no different as the community was ably represented through formal presentations and the individual efforts of our neighbours who took the time to prepare themselves as delegates. We care about the water we drink and use for our homes, schools, farms and businesses. We care about our wetlands and woodlands, the species that they support, and their role as part of an interconnected Greenbelt. We care about our existing, active agricultural operations. We care about the roads we travel for work, school and play. This application puts all of these community priorities, and more, at risk. It must be stopped!

We were reassured when the independent Peer Reviewers examining the Lowndes Holdings Corp. application identified the same concerns we had initially raised in 2004 and that we have subsequently documented in our expert submissions. These deficiencies, inconsistencies, gaps and omissions were highlighted during the meeting. We were pleased to see that the concerns of the Mayor and the City - as read from a letter that night - remain in alignment with our own - impacts on hydrogeology, on transportation, and on our community and neighbouring jurisdictions. Our Councillor, Margaret McCarthy, continues to be a vocal champion.

It is noteworthy that the Lowndes Holdings Corp. booklet dated April 6th, 2006, and handed to us as we entered the meeting does not reference any of the serious deficiencies. Instead, Lowndes Holdings Corp.'s written and stated stance is that its application is a "work in progress", moving forward with the intent of improving with the next series of submissions, or maybe the ones after that. The proponent's comments that "we were disappointed in our studies too" and that "we hope the next ones will be better" do not inspire confidence nor demonstrate competence. We do not agree that an application with a failing grade should be given chance after chance to improve. That doesn't happen at school or in any other facet of daily life!

The proponent's presentation, in both written format and delivery, continued to fall short that night. Through the proponent's own presentation slides and responses to questions from our neighbours, we learned that:

We invite you to read more about the meeting through the material provided on this page.

Know this - we will protect our back yard. We came to the meeting. We saw the proponent and their team again. And, we will conquer - as communities united, pooling our resources, professionally and expertly documenting our case.

Meeting Agenda:

City of Hamilton - Lowndes Flamborough Quarry Public Meeting Agenda (69 KB)

City of Hamilton Presentation Slides:

Meeting Slides - Steven Rowe, Environmental Planner (697 KB)

Lowndes Holdings Corp. Presentation Slides:

Information Meeting Summary - Robert J. Long, Senior Environmental Engineer & Planner (586 KB)

FORCE Presentation Slides:

Adobe Acrobat Format (1.1 MB)
Power Point Slides (11.7 MB)

Delgation Presentations:

A session for pre-registered delegates followed the formal presentations made by the City of Hamilton, the proponent and its agent, Councillor McCarthy, and Graham Flint, Chair and Spokesperson of FORCE. Each individual delegate was given up to 5 minutes to deliver some prepared remarks.

Through the efforts of these delegates, the community continued to officially register some of the many substantive concerns that exist with the application. They re-enforced the message that this community has sound reasons for its opposition to the proposed aggregate development, that we are professional, and that we are well organized. The individual issues that the delegates raised, especially with the addition of their own personal anecdotes and passions, struck a chord and resonated with many in the room.

Thank you to our neighbours for making the effort and taking the time to step up and speak up on our behalf! They have helped to continue to advance our case. Please refer to the City's Notes for the details of their comments.

Michele Ryan - Community Liaison
Karen Gourlay - School Issues
Robert Pasuta - Agriculture Issues
Gintas Kamaitis - Natural Environment Issues
Rick Rigby - Sustainable Water Supply Issues
Darcie Pytel - Cycling and Haul Route Issues
Susan Lawson - Aggregate Need
Gwen Todd - Mitigation Method Issues
David Januczkowski - Sustainable Communities
Tom Reid - The Application is Denied
Nora Curran-Blaney - Expansion Lands and Process Issues
Greg Kochuk - Financing and Operations Issues

City of Hamilton Comments Summary and Meeting Notes:

City of Hamilton Meeting Notes (191 KB)
City of Hamilton Comment Summary from April 6 Public Meeting (113 KB)

Press Articles:

Post Meeting Articles
Canadian Champion - Residents come out in droves to oppose quarry (175 KB)- April 18, 2006
Flamborough Review - Meeting digs up concerns about quarry (181 KB) - April 14, 2006
Flamborough Review (Column) - Digging for answers (175 KB)- April 14, 2006
Halton Compass - Lowndes in the hot seat over quarry (247 KB) - April 14, 2006
Hamilton Spectator - Carlisle quarry fight could last five years (321 KB)- April 7, 2006

Pre Meeting Articles
Flamborough Review - Groundwater key issue in quarry debate (177 KB)- Friday, March 31, 2006
Canadian Champion - City of Hamilton to hold meeting about quarry (169 KB)- Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Halton Compass - Lowndes Quarry Threatens Campbellville's Water (107 KB)- Friday, March 24, 2006
Hamilton Spectator - Quarry Proposal Threatens Carlisle Water (90 KB)- Friday, March 15, 2006


FORCE Thank You Message


Together We Will Succeed!