County talking traffic with Arbour Farms

A gravel pit proposed in Mulmur would add about 14 trucks per hour onto Airport Road. That’s only if Arbour Farms hauled the maximum tonnage proposed within its aggregate licence application, or what has been described as the “absolute worst-case” scenario by company principal Adam Krehm. “We expect to operate at 30 per cent of our tonnage, which would yield something slightly more than four trucks per hour,” he said. “It’s a very safe, conservative reckoning of how many trucks will come and go from that pit.” Despite Krehm’s estimate, members of ...

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CORE’s ERT Hearing Begins Tuesday August 20, 2013

CORE: Case # 13-071 Week 1 – August 20, 21, 22 and 23; Week 2 – August 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30; Week 3 – September 3 and 4 (half day); Week 4 – September 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13; Week 5 – September 18 and 20; and Week 6 – September 24 (half day) and 25. These will take place at: Grace Tipling Hall, Grace, Theatre, 203 Main Street East, Shelburne, ON Time: 10:00 AM Full details at: http://www.ert.gov.on.ca/english/hearings/index.htm

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REA Process Faces Charter Test in Shelburne

Environmental Review Tribunal schedules 19-day hearing in Dufferin (Core has been granted Party status at this hearing.) Will the province’s Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process pass a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms litmus test? Despite objection from the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Ontario’s Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) has agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the REA process in Shelburne next week. “That’s the big news. They’re willing to sit and listen,” said Dennis Sanford, president of Wind Resistance Melancthon. ...

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Dufferin Wind ERT Hearing Dates Set

CORE v. the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Case number 13-071 In terms of the schedule, the parties gave a general estimate of the number of days that they estimate it will take to present their respective cases.  In light of the days available based on the input from the parties, the Tribunal is, at this point in time, prepared to schedule 19 hearing days, commencing on August 20, 2013, as follows:

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Dufferin Wind Waves the Expropriation Wand

Dufferin Wind Power Inc. has dropped the expropriation bomb. A little more than one week after county council agreed to revisit negotiating a rail corridor easement agreement with the wind farm developer, Dufferin Wind filed for expropriation to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) on Friday (July 19).

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DWP Environmental Review Tribunal Updates

Appeals were made against the recent decision of the Ministry of Environment, to grant a permit, to Dufferin Wind Power, under the Renewable Energy Act. Updates about Hearings, Tribunal’s  decisions and the case status can be found at: http://www.ert.gov.on.ca/english/hearings/index.htm Case numbers 13-070 to 13-075

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Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) Hearing Set For August 20, 2013

Appeals were made against the Ministry of the Environment’ s approval of theDufferin Wind Power Project in Melancthon The hearing of evidence in this appeal will commence on: Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Time:  to be determined Location: to be determined CORE is an appellant in this appeal. Within 6 months after Tribunal receives Appeal notice, release of Tribunal’s Decision will be made (December 2013) More information will be posted when available.

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CORE Comments on Bonnefield’s Purchase of Melancthon Land

The citizens’ groups that led the movement to protect thousands of acres of Class 1 farmland in Melancthon, Ontario welcome Bonnefield Financial to the community. Bonnefield has purchased the 6,500-acres of potato fields owned by the Highland Companies, including the land once proposed to become a 2300-acre mega quarry. After several years of uncertainty about the fate of the farmland, this is a new beginning.

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Highland Sells Out, and to Canadians…

OTTAWA, Canada, July 16, 2013 – Bonnefield Financial today announced an initial closing of its third investment partnership, Bonnefield Canadian Farmland LP III (“LP III”). LP III received various commitments totaling $100,000,000 from Canadian investors and more capital may be raised in subsequent closings to a maximum of $200,000,000.

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The Highland Companies Quarry

BACKGROUND ON THE HIGHLAND COMPANIES QUARRY The Highland Companies, represented by John Lowndes, is owned by a holding company called Baupost out of Boston.  It has recently undertaken a land assembly of well over 8,000 acres of prime agricultural land in and around Horning Mills, Honeywood, Redickville and other parts of Melancthon and Mulmur Townships.

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