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Community Reminder

Have you sent in your Objection Reconfirmation Letters yet?

If you are part of the first wave of residents that St Marys Cement has responded to, you need to get your letters submitted by Monday February 1st. This due date will be shown on the Notice of Objector Response cover sheet that was included in the registered letter you received. Letters need to be sent to both St Marys Cement and the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and they need to be sent by registered delivery.

Template letters are available on the Community website (www.stopthequarry.ca), Drop-off boxes are available for you to drop off your letters and have them be delivered for you, but in order to meet the deadline, letters need to be dropped-off by this Thursday January 28th. Remember two copies of the letters are required for each person objecting, one for St Marys Cement and one for MNR.

Drop-off Boxes are available at:

Carlisle Farm Market Video Store (upstairs with the Dry Cleaners & Water Depot)
Centre Road & Carlisle Road, Carlisle

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School & Balaclava Public School
Centre Road & 10th Concession, Carlisle

So far we have collected hundreds of objection reconfirmation letters, but every letter counts. Please don't let your objections be silenced by this unreasonably timed process, send in your objection reconfirmation letters today.

If you haven't received your registered letter form St Marys Cement but did object originally last spring, you could be in one of two groups of people.

Some members of our Communities were given a Holiday gift from St Marys Cement when they received an objection response letter dated December 22nd and delivered during the Holidays. While these letters indicated that registered versions of the letters, starting the 20 day deadline, would be sent early in the New Year, we have had no reports of any people in this group receiving their registered letters. We have asked St Marys Cement about when the registered letters will be sent for this group but have not had an answer.

The other group are people who have not yet received any objection response communications from St Marys Cement. We have also enquired with St Marys Cement about when these people might be receiving a response, but so far we have not had a response.

Unfortunately, St Marys Cement has made this unreasonable process even more complicated for our communities by staggering the execution of the 20 day Notice of Objector Response process. We will keep the Drop-off boxes going and will continue to deliver any letters left there. Please keep checking your email and the Community Website for further information and developments. As soon as we get any clarity around the timing of the process for the remaining objectors we will share that information. If you have any questions you can drop us an email at info@stopthequarry.ca or call us at (905) 659-5417.

There is a final group of people, those people who would like to object now, but did not object last spring. People find themselves in this situation for many reasons, including those people who have just recently moved into the area and have only now become aware of the proposed development. The MNR rules prevent these people from becoming part of the official objector group since they did not object during the original 45 day consultation period, but we feel that everyone should have right to express their objection to this outrageous proposal and so have developed a generic template objection letter that can be used. If you fall into this situation, please complete two copies of the generic objection letter and you can also drop those letters off at the drop-off locations and they will be delivered for you.

As knowledgeable and engaged communities, we won't be fooled by St Marys Cement's empty response to our objections. To us, it appears that St Marys Cement is just ticking another box on its "to do" list for the aggregate license process. Perhaps they hope that by making us jump through some more hoops, they can dramatically reduce the number of objectors. However, since they have given us no reasons to withdraw our objections, let's show St Marys Cement that we have no intention of doing so. Our objections are substantive and appropriate. Let's do whatever we need to do to make sure that our objections remain in force.


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