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Thursday, May 23, 2008
FORCE submits comments to MOE regarding draft PTTW for St Marys CBM

FORCE submitted comments to MOE, on behalf of our communities, regarding the draft Permit to Take Water (PTTW) for St Marys CBM as posted on the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) registry in advance of the June 6, 2008 deadline. Read the full FORCE submission (126 KB), Appendix(107 KB) and the expert hydro-geologist report (82 KB).

Thursday, May 23, 2008
Hamilton launches Truck Route Study

The City of Hamilton has started a city–wide study to look at existing trucking routes, traffic patterns, and truck interaction with other modes of transportation, businesses, and residents . The study is being taken to determine if the truck routes need to be changed and if so, how and to where.

The public consultation part of this study will be undertaken in a way that meets the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process because a Municipal Class EA must be done to determine the location of a new route or to confirm the location of an existing one.

To find out more about the project visit www.hamilton.ca/CityDepartments/PublicWorks/TrafficEngineeringAndOperations/TruckRouteStudy.htm and click on "Truck Route Study". Questions, comments or requests to be on the mailing list can be sent to trafaa@hamilton.ca. To speak to someone in person, call Gary Kirchknopf, Senior Project Manager, Traffic Engineering and Operations Section, Public Works, Hamilton at 905-546-2424, ext. 7217.

FORCE will monitor developments in the Truck Route study and make submissions or call for action, as needed, on behalf of our communities.

The first public open house will be held to share existing conditions, the study process and the goal of an efficient movement of goods in and through Hamilton. Issues and opportunities will also be raised. The date, time and location will be:

Follow-up Public Information Centres where the Study Team will present existing and alternative truck routes will be held on:

Thursday, May 23, 2008
Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee to hold public meetings to consult on its draft Terms of Reference

The Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee (SPC) is required to develop a Terms of Reference (ToR). The Terms of Reference is important because it will guide the work to be done to prepare required Assessment Reports and Source Protection Plans. It will include a work plan and budget. The ToR must be completed by August 20, 2008 based on the timelines specified by regulation under the Clean Water Act, 2006.

The draft Terms of Reference will be available during the week of May 26. They can be viewed on-line at www.protectingwater.ca (please click on Source Protection Committee tab to download) or in person at the Conservation Halton Administration Office (2596 Britannia Road West, Milton), the Hamilton Conservation Authority Main Office (838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster), or at municipal offices within Halton and Hamilton.

Information about the draft Terms of Reference and the source protection planning process will be shared at public information meetings in June:

The public is invited to comment on the draft Terms of Reference. FORCE will prepare and submit comments, on behalf of our communities, and make information available to assist supporters who wish to submit comments as well. The deadline for written comments is midnight Thursday July 3, 2008. They may be sent by mail, fax, e-mail or dropped off in person to:

Wednesday, May 14, 2008- Hamilton Spectator
Anti-quarry group upset Liberals are allowing permit for testing

The anti-quarry group FORCE is angry at the McGuinty government for letting the Ministry of the Environment process a permit for tests in which St. Marys Cement would pump millions of litres of water a day from the aquifer supplying Carlisle municipal wells.

Despite calls on the Liberal government to halt further consideration of St. Marys' proposed quarry on Milburough Line at 11th Concession East, the ministry is inviting public comment until June 6 on draft terms of the permit.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
- Community Reminder - Stop the Quarry Lawn Signs

As you dust of your lawn chairs and take out your mower, if you stored your lawn sign for the winter, don't forget to pull it out and visibly show your opposition to the proposed St Marys Cement Flamborough Quarry.

If your sign was damaged by weather or destr