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Over 1,000 People Have Spoken

The first wave of 20-Day Objection Reconfirmation Letters are in.

St Marys Cement seems to feel that they have responded to our objections. Well, so far over 1,000 people have taken time out of their personal lives to tell St Marys Cement that their proposed industrial open pit mine is still not appropriate for our environmentally sensitive, rural residential and agricultural community.

Over 850 objectors who had already told St Marys Cement once that their propose development is incompatible, have reconfirmed their objections. They have been joined by over 150 new individuals who have added their voice to the unanimous opposition to the application for provincial licence. Thank you to everyone who submitted letters. Our united voices do make a difference. And we aren’t done yet.

Representatives from St Marys Cement have indicated that the second and final wave of Registered Notice of Objector Response (5.21 MB) Letters was sent during the week of January 25th. These letters trigger a new 20 Day response period for the last group of original objectors and have a due date of Monday March 1st.

For those that have recently received a registered letter with a March 1st due date, template letters are available on the Community website (www.stopthequarry.ca). Drop-off boxes are available for you to deposit your letters and have them be delivered for you, but in order to meet the deadline letters need to be dropped-off by Thursday February 25th. Remember two copies of the letters are required for each person objecting, one for St Marys Cement and one for the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR).

Drop-off Boxes to collect letters for delivery are located at the following locations:

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

To make things easier, and to save everyone the cost of sending registered letters, we will continue to collect the completed objection reconfirmation letters and arrange for registered delivery to both St Marys Cement and MNR. If you are dropping off completed letters, please ensure that you provided two copies of the letters both signed and dated, and both with your complete mailing address including building #, street name, city, province, and postal code.

We would prefer that you forward your letters to us in order that we can make sure that everyone is accounted for. If you live outside of the local area, please feel free to mail copies of your completed letters to us and we will then forward them to St Marys Cement and MNR. You can send your letters via regular mail to FORCE c/o Lawson Park Ltd., Box#15 RR#1 Freelton, Ontario L0R 1K0.

And remember, each person who sent in an original objection letters needs to reconfirm their objections or their objections may be considered withdrawn.

As St Marys Cement is now indicating that all those who originally objected back in the Spring of 2009, during the 45 Day Consultation period, should have received their registered letter, we need to know if anyone has not. If you sent in an original objection, but have not received a registered letter from St Marys Cement containing a Notice of Objector response form triggering the 20 Day response period, please let us know. Send email to info@stopthequarry.ca or call us at (905) 659-5417.

And as a reminder, if you are new to this issue and would like to object now, but did not object last spring, here’s what you can do. MNR rules prevent you from becoming part of the official objector group since you did not object during the original 45 day consultation period, but since we feel that everyone should have right to express their objection to this outrageous proposal, we 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 explained in previous communications, this 20 Day Notice of Objector response process normally occurs near the end of the two year application timeline, and only after applicants have made meaningful efforts to resolve objections. In our situation, St Marys Cement is forcing us to go through this process now, without any changes to their original proposal, and since they have given us no reason to withdraw our objections, why would we? 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.


Together We Will Succeed!