Thursday, December 31, 2009


Nuff said, right?

Monday, December 21, 2009


Last post of 2009.

See you in the New Year.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Lets add to Lowndes wet dream and help him name his new kingdom....after all, it appears he wants to own all of Melancthon and he is practially running Melancthon Council meetings, so he should get the privilege of giving it a new name:

Here are a few to get you started:

Municipality of Mikey

Jurisdiction of John

Region of Limestone Ridge

I would expect when he gets his fortress built, it will have to have a dry moat, because of course there won't be any water.

And he will need a powerful air exchanger because of the dust...just some thoughts.

Have some fun and add your own.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Dates on which citizens expressed grave concerns to their elected officials regarding the demolition of houses in Melancthon by Highland Companies:

August 2008; June 2009; July 27, 2009; August 13, 2009, November 25, 2009. Action taken by Council –NONE.

What did Highlands continue to do-demolish home after home after home. To date they have taken out 17 burn permits.

What could Council have done to stop this? As they were advised over and over and over again they could simply pass a bylaw under section 33 of the Planning Act, which in a nutshell states, that prior to receiving a demolition permit, a building permit must have been issued. In other words if you take something down you have to replace it with something else.

But suddenly at their December 17, 2009 meeting of Council, they decide to take a look at passing a bylaw under Section 33 of the Planning Act. They are asking for comments to be submitted to them on or before January 4, 2010.

Lets review, shall we?

Council had the option to pass this bylaw months and months ago BEFORE Lowndes demolished just under 20 homes, and in fact residents were BEGGING them to. It seemed almost as if Council waited until Highlands were done with their seek and destroy mission before passing the bylaw.

I believe in their minds they think they have managed to keep everyone happy. They can say to the ratepayers see, we passed the bylaw that you wanted. And they can still rest assured that by putting off passing the bylaw that Highlands is happy, because by delaying the passing of the bylaw, it gave Highlands the time to demolish houses on everything they own, without having to comply with the pesky bylaw to stop what they were doing.

Don't worry about picking up the pace Johnny and Mikey enjoy your Xmas break. By the time this Council gets around to actually passing the bylaw you should have everything single home, barn, outbuilding, tree and stick on your properties long gone.


In about 1993 the aggregate industry wrote a report titled the "Aggregate Resources of Southern Ontario, A State of the Resource Study" in which they stated aggregate was a non-renewable resource and there was an impending shortage and it was important to the survival of the world as we know it (I am paraphrasing here) to dig as many holes, I mean pits and mines as possible IMMEDIATELY. As a result provincial policies were implemented that favour aggregate over everything and I mean everything, even water and food.

The province is looking at their aggregate policies again. At the "consultation table" is Conservation Ontario, Ontario Profesional Planners Institute (OPPI), Niagara Escarpment Commission, and several ministries (OMAFRA, MNR, MEI, MTO and MAH) and oh yeah a group that is registered with the Provincial government as a lobbyist organization known as the Ontario Sand & Gravel Assocation (OSGA).

Couple things to note here. The OSGA is funded by the very VERY wealthy aggregate industry and OSGA champions their cause which is basically making money.

The Niagara Escarpment Commission has a mandate is to protect the escarpment, yet curiously that hasn't stopped aggregate companies from operating in the escarpment. Oh yeah, did I mention there is an individual from the lobbyist group Ontario Sand & Gravel Association on the NEC-surprised?
Seriously, you can still be surpised by this type of nonesense?

Another item to note: the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MEI) and Ministry of Transportation (MTO) are two ministries with some of the largest budgets after health and education and are both in the business of growth, which requires what? Everybody, say it together-aggregate.

Hm, wonder what the recommendations are going to be that come out of this "consultation"?

Please write our illustrious Premier, while he is still in office and express your concern about the representation at the aggregate consultation table to:

Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1
FAX: (416) 325-3745

email address at this link:

Thursday, December 17, 2009


They may be toast, but should the 4 "seasoned" sitting Melancthon Councillors decide to run for Council in the 2010 municipal election, here are some suggested campaign slogans for them.

Have some fun and match the catchphrase to the Councillor. Here is where your regular attendance at Council meetings will pay off.

"Worry? Why, what is going on"

"It is the province's fault"

"What you do on your own private property is no ones business"
(editor's note-go ahead and put that ethanol plant on your property, it isn't anyone's business according to this councillor's muddled logic)

"With all due respect everyone is wrong except me, being the resident legal, planning, local government and legislative expert"

"Anything I can go out of my way to do for you, Mr. Lowndes?"

"Are there any questions? Actually, you can't ask questions at this time, I mean, yes I am calling for questions, no, seriously yes, questions please now, just not from you"

"We have to vote yes or else it will go to the OMB"
(TRICKED YOU, this is a slogan that is applicable to all 4 of them)

Have fun, add your own.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Original Post: Friday, October 9, 2009

How the Grinch (Almost) Stole our Farmland

The Melancthon people liked farming a lot
But Lowndes, an outsider, really did not

Lowndes hated farming!
All the farming seasons!

Now, please don't ask why.
We ALL know the reasons.

Staring down from his office with a John Lowndsey sneer
"Surely the end of Melancthon is finally near!"

He thought all the hicks in Melancthon would bite
And were too busy farming to put up a fight

"They are busy planting and digging!" he snarled with a sneer.
"While my open pit mine, is practically here!"

Then he growled, with his Lowndsey fingers nervously drumming,
"I MUST find a way to keep the mine coming!"

And he thought and he thought...In his small Lowndsey brain...
And that old John Lowndes, thought he was ever so wise
thinking the local hicks wouldn't see their coming demise

He thought the locals would think they were unable to win
And that they would move from their farms and take all their kin

But to his surprise they started to object
So Lowndes thought by golly I am not finished yet

Now the more Lowndes thought of his devilish plan
The more Lowndes did think: “I must own ALL the land!”

“Why I practically own all of Melancthon now!
To own all the rest would be my greatest cash cow!

Then he got an idea, a brilliant idea!

And he cackled with glee “What a great Lowndsey trick!
With my money and talent, I’ll bamboozle these hicks!

But to his stupendous surprise the hicks all fought back
With a grassroots organization that they called NDACT

“No!” Lowndes cried out, in a murderous rage
As tears of frustration ran down his smug face

His minion called Mikey had stood up for his boss
Working to keep residents from realizing their loss

But now Lowndes gave Mikey a clear ultimatum
"Decimate NDACT, or you’ll see what I’m made of!”

Lowndes sent wee Mikey out into the world
Armed with clipboard and binder And oh, did he toil!

He went to each meeting and sat with those hicks
Who would not fall for his lies or his devilish tricks

At the end of the day, little Mikey returned
With a book full of notes and facts that he’d learned

He informed master Lowndes of his final call:
“Have mercy, kind master, they’ve outsmarted us all!

We’re finished we’re done, we just can’t dig a mine!"
And all the locals and yokels thought that that was just fine.
Everyone finally knew that Lowndes was a fink
And 1 million Ontarians had water to drink
NDACT went back to their farms, children and wives
And continued to live their meaningful lives.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


I had to read it to believe it and I still find it unbelievable....
Our Mayor and Deputy Mayor actually spoke out against an important issue. Sure, it wasn't about 2,400 acre 200 foot open pit mine in Melancthon, but something equally important-the loss of Shelburne hospital. Here is what they had to say:

"Fawcett noted over the years the services have been gradually stripped from the north campus and sent to Orangeville until “the writing was on the wall.”

Melancthon Deputy Mayor Bill Hill echoed those statements.
“It’s been a picking away of every single service that was available at that site,” Hill said, noting he was part of a group 12 years ago that fundraised to keep programs in Shelburne, which were subsequently shipped to Orangeville before “the cheque was dry.”"

For the full article, see this link:

Clearly there was no danger this issue could be taken to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) or else they would have been as silent as mouse-just like they were the night there was discussion at the County Council meeting about the illegal cutting of thousands and thousands of trees by Highland Companies.

Well to be fair, it wasn't so much as Deputy Dog Hill didn't speak up that night, it was more that he was COMPLETELY absent from the meeting.

Monday, December 14, 2009


Here is another fall out from Lowndes seek and destroy rural blockbusting policy. When you tear down barn after barn after barn, where do you think the cats go that used to reside there?

About 6 weeks ago I started noticing at least 3 sets of kittens living on the sides of the road in various places in Melancthon. It was warm and they were frolicking and playing and looked well fed. I thought it was odd to see so many kittens at that time of the year in the wild and then I realized, they had no place to live, thanks to Lowndes/Highlands/Wilson/Downey Farms "farming" know the one, where they don't actually need any outbuilding, barns or houses to farm so they bulldoze and burn.

Where are the kittens now? They aren't on the side of the road anymore, I know that. After 6 weeks of living outside because their previous home was bulldozed and burnt, these kittens have either starved, been eaten by coyotes, run over by cars or froze to death.

You can thank Lowndes/Highland Companies, but equally the Council of the Township of Melancthon. They had the power to pass a bylaw under Section 33 of the Planning Act, which would have meant Highlands could only obtain a demolition permit for structures if they had obtained a building permit to replace whatever they were destroying.

Seriously, Highlands must think this is like taking candy from a baby, only babies usually know when someone is taking their candy.

This Council, on the other hand, appears to be so out of their element, they have no FREAKING idea what to do. If the Mayor can't run a question period at a Council meeting according to the procedure bylaw that they set the rules for, how in the hell can she lead her constituents in fighting an issue such as a 2,400 acre, 200 foot open pit mine?

Unless of course, she has a reason not to????

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Baupost Group

To make it easy for people who might want to email this very successful company, who plans to mine 2,400 acres of prime agricultural land to a depth of 200 in Melancthon, here is their address:

And you might want to cc it to the biggest newspapers in Boston:

The Boston GlobeP.O. Box 2378Boston, MA 02107-2378E-mail

Boston HeraldOne Herald SquareBoston, MA 02118

Suggested wording: how about environment, a right to clean tap water, local food sources?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009


I am writing this as we are in our third day of blinding white outs and freezing temperatures as per usual in Melancthon in the winter.

I am also writing this with a straight face.

One of Lowndes highly paid guru's, at his July public meeting, stated that once they were finished raping the land, I mean farming the aggregate or whatever nice little spin they were putting on it, "someone" (and they made it clear it wouldn't be them) could farm....get this.....TENDER FRUIT TREES at the bottom of the big hole.

It would be funny if it weren't so serious.

Everything is just peachy in Lowndes world, kind of sucks for the rest of us.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Baupost Group-Read all About it

The Highland Companies is funded by a Boston hedgefund called the Baupost Group.


10 St. James Avenue - Suite 1700Boston, MA 02116617.210.8300

Click the links to find out more:

For more, just google Baupost Group.

Names and addresses are here-write them and tell them what you think about what they are doing to the environment. Many of them are associated with Harvard-wonder what their position on this would be?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


If the thought of a 2,400 acre, 200 foot deep open pit mine taking out 7,000 acres of prime agricultural land and threatening your water doesn't get you motivated to stand up and be heard, think about this.

Once you have this massive hole in the ground, you can fill it with two things-water or.....

Rubbish you say? Well think about it. At Highlands open house they stated when they are done mining, the only way to keep the water out of the hole would be for "someone" (and they were clear it wasn't going to be them) to operate the massive pumps forever to the end of time.

Who can afford that? Certainly not Melancthon Council. They can't even afford to have their planner attend Council meetings, but I digress.

By the time Lowndes is done digging his hole, Toronto will have filled the landfill just outside of London. The province, in their quest to always help Toronto the good since clearly it is the centre of the universe, is going to look around for somewhere close to Toronto to in order to dump garbage. Quite frankly I believe they have already looked at this proposal, just hasn't hit the light of day yet.

Rubbish you say? Well, what do they need to ship the garbage here?

And Lowndes is touting the rail line for the economic benefits it will him...and the other thing it will bring will be Toronto garbage.

So just think. Highlands bought the land for $8,000/acre, they will mine it for $18 million an acre and when they are done the province will pay an arm and a leg for the big dump, I mean the big hole.

If this mine proceeds, there will be very little argument to be made to stop a landfill-agricultural will be gone, the water quality will be questionable at best and there will be no people left.

Please stand up now and fight the mine-to stop the dump, to save our water, our environment and local food sources.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Your Tax $$ at Work

Think about this:
You pay provincial taxes to elect politicians who hire policy specialitists who are paid by your tax $$ and who are lobbied by the aggregate industry to pass aggregate legislation that is favourable to the aggregate industry.
THEN when the open pit mine proponents want to put a 2,400 acre 200 foot open pit mine in your community that will take prime agricultural land out of commission and threaten your water, you are asked for financial donations to assist grass roots organizations to fight government policy, which you paid for in the first place.

Jeez. Like flushing money down the toilet...

How to fight this?

Writing letters to the government is great, it helps raise the profile. Writing letters to the opposition is great, it gives them a platform on which to run. All of the contact information is available in the internet.

What really changes government policy, however, is pressure through publicity. Think of Site 41, a "done deal" so to speak until the press had a field day with it.

If you have ANY contacts in the media, particularly the Toronto media, please utilize them in this battle. The government HATES bad press.

Friday, December 4, 2009


At the December 3 meeting of Council, the Town of Shelburne requested that Melancthon enter into a memorandum of understanding regarding the YMCA. They thoughtfully even sent a nice little template of the resolution for Council to sign.

To Council's credit they said they were hestitant and wanted concrete costs before proceeding.

On behalf of battle weary electors in Melancthon, I salute you.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Highlands will be filing for an aggregate license very very soon.

How do I know?
Signs must be posted in order for Highlands to comply with the legislation for their much needed Official Plan Amendment, Zoning Bylaw Amendment and Aggregate License applications.
The huge frames for the signs have now been erected on Highlands properties and he is bulldozing and burning houses like there is no tomorrow.

Once the application is filed it is imperative that people move quickly and get their objections filed with the proper agencies and Ministries.
Why is that important? Because there are prescribed times frames in which the objections must be filed or else you lose your right to object.
I will give clear step by step directions for this process, although I would expect that NDACT will have this on their site. If that is the case, I will be sure to post a link on this site. Having said this, I want to be clear that neither myself or this blog are in any way associated with NDACT, supported or endorsed by them. Just two very different methods in trying to achieve the same goal. At least one of us (NDACT) has taken the high road.

I would expect he will file it right before the Xmas holiday, when people are away. Why? Because the municipal and government offices are closed and people are busy and the clock starts ticking from the day he files a complete application. If he can get in ten days without people much noticing he is 10 days closer to his goal.
It will be interesting to see if I am wrong about when he files. I hope so, but .....

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Hey Johnny, you missed a tree....wouldn't want it to interfer with your 2,400 acre 200 foot open pit mine.
After you cut it down you can throw it in the same drainage ditch where you have been dumping the other illegally cut trees and all the garbage from the houses you have bulldozed and burned.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Highlands Bows Out

Orangeville Banner, November 23, 2009

"The Highland Companies, which operates potato farms in the area, announced it has stepped back from spearheading the YMCA effort"

Read the entire article:

Sunday, November 22, 2009


A telephone study was just completed which showed an 89% support rate for the YMCA in six partner municipalities. What you need to know is:

Total population in the six municipalities: 29,400 (Source: Stats Canada)
Total phone calls made in the survey: 2,500
Total people who actually answered the phone and took part in the survey: 428
(Source: Steve Boone, YMCA)

That means 1.4% of the population was surveyed and 89% of those overwhelmingly supported a YMCA.

There has been a significant decrease in taxable assessment in Melancthon due to the Highland Companies bulldozing and burning century and heritage houses and outbuildings on 12 properties. They have permits for seven more. To date the combined assessed value on these 12 properties exceeds $2.9 million. When questioned at the October 16, 2009 meeting of Melancthon County Mayor Fawcett confirmed that any loss in taxation from these demolitions will be “shared” by all taxpayers (meaning those of us left).

If these six municipalities felt that a YMCA was needed, why don’t they pursue it themselves? The phone survey was $28,000.00. (Source: Steve Boone, YMCA) Split six ways does not seem out the realm of financial ability of any of the municipalities. If they can’t afford the $4,000 per municipality to do the study, they had better take a cold hard look at what the capital and operating costs of the YMCA itself will be, unless of course Highlands is paying.

If Highlands is in fact paying the whole shot, the next question is: if these municipalities are “partnering” and accepting this kind of cash from Highlands, to benefit their electorate in an election year (or any year for that matter) does that create a pecuniary interest in voting pertaining to Highlands at both the local and County level? One only has to look to Orangeville Council over the rail issue to see how that worked for them. Very, very costly indeed and that is just the legal fees fighting the pecuniary interest in court, both with their tax dollars at the local level AND County level. In effect, Orangeville ratepayers are paying twice (on both sides of the dog fight so to speak).

IF a YMCA is needed, then local Councils need to stand up, justify it to their ratepayers, budget for it and pay for it themselves. Kudos to the one lone Councillor who realized this early on, but who was clearly silenced, I mean outvoted by more “seasoned” politicians.

Saturday, November 21, 2009


BULLDOZE, BURN AND BLAST Melancthon off the Face of the Earth

From the Highland Companies website:
“What do we mean by a self-sufficient, sustainable community? It's one that achieves the right mix of economic activity, local government services and quality of life - without having to increase taxes.”

Lets address these statements shall we?

Firstly their statement “without having to increase taxes”

To date they have bulldozed and burnt all structures on 12 properties of which the assessed values is in excess of $2.9 million. They have another 7 permits to burn on properties on which the assessed value is more than $1.4 million for a total of assessment on demolished properties of $4.3 million.

The Township needs a “sustainable” (to use a buzzword) level of funding. Any decrease in that level through reduced taxes due to property now being vacant will be borne by all taxpayers. This was confirmed by Mayor Fawcett at the October 16 meeting of Council, when questioned,

Next statement, “right mix....and quality of life”.
What quality of life is there with blasting, trucking, noise, dust a railway several times a day and no citizens left with which to form a community? Just asking.

Sustainability-how is pumping water until the end of time to keep a massive 2,400 acre 200 foot deep hole in the ground, devoid of soil and rock “SUSTAINABLE”.

Any politician who cannot see through this self serving mantra and does not immediately stand up and voice their concerns against this initiative should be ashamed of themselves and do the right thing and resign.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Aggregate and Arrogance go hand in hand

An article from the Collingwood Connection reports that, “A staff report from the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) says that Walker Industries should not be allowed to expand its quarry near Duntroon.”

See the entire article:

The story further states that: “Ken Lucyshyn, a vice-president and general manager with Walker Industries, was not impressed with the report. I’m disappointed but I’m not surprised given their past record with aggregate applications,” he said. “I don’t think they took into consideration all of our findings [technical data that was submitted] or the fact we’re proposing to do a lot of good things with the site – things like tree planting and so forth.”

Wow. What is wrong with the NEC, I mean honestly. This massive aggregate proposal will be offset by planting some trees (and so forth).

Lets see: Walker Industries wants to open a new, 170-acre quarry across the road from its present 116-acre pit and mine below the water table and don’t forget build an asphalt plant at the new site. Surely planting a few (KATRILLION) trees WILL offset the carbon footprint.

And of course in order to reassure their opponents (and gullible politicians) we come to the oft quoted position of ALL aggregate companies who mine below the water table:


This company is of course planning to rehabilitate the land with.....wait for it......a GIANT LAKE!!
Dejavu all over again? Sound familiar???

Thursday, November 19, 2009

2500 equals 428, but somehow that equals 89% of 29,000

Hold on to your hat and see if you can follow the math (I know I am lost)

The Citizen, with its usual stellar reporting, clearly favouring a 2,400 acre 200 foot open pit mine, published the attached article today:

YMCA support strong in North Dufferin

The unidentified reporter, who I would suspect is Wes the Crypt Keeper Keller, states in the article:

"More than 2,500 telephone calls were made on a random basis across the region to achieve the required sample and the desired level of confidence in the results.

...which found that 89 per cent of area ¡residents support the location of YMCA programs and services in the region."

Makes you think that 2,225 people were in favour of a YMCA (which would be 89% of 2,500).

But hold yer (trojan) horses partners....

What is not mentioned is that while 2,500 calls were made, ONLY 428 people were actually surveyed. The rest were probably not home, trying to avoid the smoke from the demolished and burning houses in Melancthon. (source: Steve Boone, YMCA email dated November 19, 2009).

Stats Canada shows that the population in the six municipalities who are supposedly wet with excitement about this YMCA have a combined population of 29,450 people.

And the YMCA feels that surveying 428 of them is representative of support for a YMCA in the area. I calculate that 428 people is just OVER 1% of the population of the eligible voters.

In a few days I will post, in a very simple short way, why it is important that Highlands NOT be involved in any YMCA proposal for our community. You will be surprised at the linkages and ramifications for local politicians and councils.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Find Your Own Truth

I want to bring to your attention other organizations who are fighting the good fight. It comes with a proviso, however.
None of these organizations in any way support or are part of this blog. By listing them here, I do not want anyone to associate my politics and method of informing the public with any of these organizations. I have found these listings on the internet and am providing them here for your information/public service only.
Gravel Watch Ontario is an absolute invaluable resource for any organization battling a mine/quarry or pit:

The Caledon CCC is at the OMB now:

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens

These people near Hamilton are fighting the brother of good old Johnny Lowndes:

Friends of Rural Communities and the Environment

This is the group fighting for us here in Dufferin:

North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce

This group is battling a 300 acre quarry in Mulmur:
Conserve our Rural Environment

Comprehensive list all of organizations:

Everyone has to mine for their own truth-hopefully this blog will help you find yours.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


12 homes, gone, demolished by our guru, our saviour the Melancthon Mesiah Lowndes and his Minion Mikey.

Another 9 at the least to go.

Last person out of Melancthon, be sure to shut out the lights.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tea Party?

Hey, guess who had a nice little tea (bag) party the other day in posh Rosedale?
A (local) ex-MPP, Johnny Lying Lowndes, Minion Mikey and good old Dalton. Nice cozy little partAY.
Bet they only had eyes for each other.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Liar Liar, (12) Houses on Fire

Highlands Companies has destroyed 12 homesteads since August 2008. The assessed value of these properties totals more than $2.9 million.

According to a July 24, 2009 letter from Deputy Dog Bill Hill to a ratepayer, a one percent tax increase in Melancthon only generates $12,000.00. According to my math the assessed values on the properties that Highland Companies has destroyed equals a tax rate of 207%.

At the October 15 meeting of Council Mayor Fawcett confirmed that any loss in the tax base due to the demolition of these homes on properties owned by Highlands would be born by all the remaining taxpayers. After all, the municipality has to generate a certain amount of revenue. So Highland gains and we have the pain.

It does not seem fair to me, but Council clearly has NO problem with this. Melancthon Council has the authority to instantly stop the demolition by passing a bylaw under Section 33 of the Planning Act and also to designate these homes under the Heritage Act but have chosen not to.

Don't forget, Lowndes owns another 9 homes which he clearly has no wish in which to reside, so we can expect they will be coming down real soon. Jeez, Melancthon can’t hand these burn permits out fast enough.

AND finally, at NDACT's public meeting in June, Minion Mikey Daniher stated publically that Highlands had plans to demolish homes in numbers of LESS than "double digits".

Now I am not a smart person and math clearly is not my forte, but double digits in my simplistic world starts at 10. They are already up to 12, so I guess this would represent just one more lie in the Highlands Grand Plan for Melancthon.

But then again Mikey also stated at the June 2009 NDACT meeting the homes were demolished because they were condemned and uninsurable.

Investigation revealed that the Chief Building Official (CBO) for the County of Dufferin is the only authorized legislative authority to issue an Unsafe Order under the Building Code. AND the CBO advised in an email dated June 22, 2009, “None of the(se) properties you are asking about have been as you say "condemned" by the County of Dufferin Building Department”

Removing 21 houses from Melancthon equals 2% of the total homes. To remove 2% of the total homes in Toronto equals 20,811 homes. Do you think if some corporation took down 21,000 homes in Toronto in the name of all that is good and right someone wouldn’t notice or put a stop to it?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

November 11

My grandfather and uncle fought for the right to free speech for all Canadians and the free world.

Canadians should NOT be intimidated from speaking their views at a meeting of Council or in the paper. They should NOT feel afraid because they are standing up for what they feel is good and right.

Remember, if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below
We are the dead
Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields
Take up our quarrel with the foe
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Lt.-Col. John McCrae (1872 - 1918)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Three of these things belong in Melancthon....

Three of these things belong in Melancthon

Three of these things are kind of the same
Can you guess which one of these doesn't belong here?
Now it's time to play the game

Sunday, November 8, 2009

It is Like Looking in a Mirror

I can't tell the difference, can you tell the difference?



Saturday, November 7, 2009

You Decide

To date Lowndes has demolished and/or taken out fire permits for 12 homes in Melancthon. The former Eichhorn home (second property on the west just north of S/R 15 on the 4th line OS in Melancthon) is smoldering today after having been demolished by Lowndes.

Why is it our business? The loss of these homes destroy a community and taxbase. You and I will be making up for the lost revenue and assessment on these homes. Mayor Fawcett confirmed that at the October 15 Council meeting when she was asked.

“Trevor Downey of Downey Farms and John Lowndes both say the intent in Melancthon is merely to have a world-class potato operation.” (Orangeville Citizen, June 27, 2007) See full article attached:

Here are some pictures taken by a local over the last year. Does this look like a company that merely wants to have a world-class potato operation OR a corporation that is depopulating the township, decimating trees, wildlife and the environment to get ready to dig the mother of all mines.......

Take and look and then vote on the poll.

The Benotto house, outbuildings, barns and trees being demolished-wiped off the face of th earth basically. All the garbage, including insulation, t.v.s, large appliances, glass, etc. were dumped in the Melancthon landfill, despite Mayor Fawcetts statement at NDACT's June 2009 public meeting that no houses demolished by Highlands have been dumped in our landfill.

This is on S/R 15 in Melancthon on Lot 16, Concession 4 (Wallace) where trees were clear cut without proper permits. Maybe I am imaging this, but it looks like the EXACT size for a rail bed and train.

This row of more than three hundred 15 year old trees, that served as a windbreak and wildlife corridor was ripped out by Highlands in one day and dumped in the old gravel pit behind Downey's warehouse. Highlands had initially claimed they were transplanting the trees. This tree line used to stretch between the 5th line NE and 4th line NE (dump road).

Friday, November 6, 2009

Demolition and Destruction of Melancthon

Highlands has demolished 6 homesteads to date and have been issued fire permits for another 6 for a total of 12 homesteads (homes, barns, outbuildings and trees) to be struck from the face of Melancthon Township.

Here is a little ditty Council might want to amuse themselves with, since they have no intention of stopping the devastation:

(Sung to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)

Homes and barns are coming down
Coming down
Coming down
Homes and barns are coming down
All thanks to John Lowndes

Thousands of trees have been cut down
Been cut down
Been cut down
Thousands of trees have been cut down
All thanks to John Lowndes

We've asked Council to put a stop to this
Stop to this
Stop to this
We've asked Council to put a stop this
But Lowndes’ ass they’d rather kiss

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Solved: the "sustainability" issue

God I HATE the word sustainable.

All it means is can anyone/we/me/I /you/Council keep this up?

I bet you have never heard the phrase: is our sex life sustainable; is our grocery bill sustainable; is our lifestyle sustainable?

So why don't corporations and people just use the plain language phrase instead of a stupid "buzzword".

Highlands is spouting that they envision a "sustainable" community, "sustainable" agricultural practices, "sustainable" and carbon neutral 2,400 acre, 200 foot deep, open pit limestone mine.....

Highlands is offering no "sustainable" solution to keep the BIG hole dry, after they have mined ALL 2,400 acres of their $18 million an acre limestone.
They state that to keep the water out of the hole, water must be pumped forever to the end of time. Of course that solution does not envision Highlands doing that, but rather the people of Melancthon, whoever are left, to do that at their expense.

Here is one way to pay for it. Rent the BIG DIG out for movie shoots. The existing Caledon pit, which will look like a groundhog hole compared to what Highlands is proposing to do, is renting to movie shoots, with the quarry serving as the setting for Afghanistan.

Melancthon's hole in the ground could be the setting for the surface of the moon, mars, or life on earth after a nuclear explosion.

I would be more anxious for the movie, if I wasn't living the (rocky) horror show myself.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

And Now for Something Completely Different

Okay, you had to smile when you looked at this, right???

Just think, we will all feel that way when Highlands, Lowndes and Maid Mikey Daniher are LONG gone.

Monday, November 2, 2009


Here is an absolutely novel concept that seems to have escaped the grasp of the County of Dufferin. The City of Guelph received a call about someone clear cutting in contravention of the municipal bylaw

and.....get this.....

they went out immediately, investigated and.....wonders of wonders, laid charges!!

For the full article see:

Anybody out there from the County of Dufferin?

Politicians? County Forest staff???

Anybody....hello, is this mike on?

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Something to Think About

There is truth in humour, but there is NOTHING funny about what Highlands is proposing to do "for" us.
Word has it that Highland has approached the City of Owen Sound to offer to dig out their harbour, free of charge.
Wow, what benenvolent beings the Highlands Companies is.
Word also has it that there are other abandon rail lines between here and there. Highlands public information they handed out at their (in)formation meeting in July said the aggregates were destined for Simcoe. Didn't say they would be USED in Simcoe.
There is an abandoned rail line between Barrie (Simcoe) to Owen Sound.
Methinks perhaps there should be an eye kept on that as well as the Orangeville to Owen Sound line.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Something Daniher should remember

It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice, because when you lie and cheat and threaten people and just generally piss the locals off, they do NOT like it, not one little bit Mr. Mikey.

For a highly paid p.r. guru such as yourself I would think you would know that basic rule of thumb, Just consider it a learning experience. You should probably add it to your resume.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Melancthon Council leaving sooner than expected

The Provincial government today introducted legislation proposing to move election day up by two weeks to the fourth Monday in October, as opposed to the set date of November 10 for municipal elections.

That means, if passed, there will be 16 less days of the current Melancthon Council in 2010.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bacon and Eggs anyone?

A metaphor for NDACT and Melancthon Council is a BACON AND EGG BREAKFAST

The chicken is involved (Council)...
but the pig is committed (NDACT)

Monday, October 26, 2009

SHHHHH or Lowndes will find out....

Attached is an article in the October 26, 2009 Banner that speaks to the YMCA/Highlands and privacy concerns by a resident of Melancthon:

Excerpts from the article: Read CAREFULLY between the lines:

“No personal information is provided to us as a part of the process,” Daniher says of the survey. (meaning information outside of the process IS provided to them)

Asked if his company received anyone else’s personal information outside of “the process” as it did Wallace’s, Daniher notes it’s not “my practice” to publicly disclose all matters Highland discusses with the YMCA. (the answer should be a resounding and definative NO, but since Daniher can't answer with a no he doesn't answer the question at all)

“We’re in regular contact. We update one another. (The YMCA) indicated there had been several inquiries on a range of issues throughout this process.“I certainly don’t get details on all of them,” he says. (Daniher says he and the YMCA are in constant contact, I would take that to mean every day they speak about everything. According to Daniher, he doesn't get details on "all of the calls", but I take that to mean he DOES get information on some of them)

Any politician who is still standing behind ANYTHING this company or its mouthpiece Daniher spews or who won't take a stand in opposition to Highlands should be ashamed of themselves.

The YMCA surveyed "over 428 homes", but they couldn't advise what percentage of possible users that represented, only that it was very scientific.

Wonder how much this survey cost Highlands. No matter how much it cost, it is a cheap way to get the names, phone numbers and views of the YMCA. Priceless actually.

And was the cost of surveying 428 homes really outside the financial realm shared between 6 municipalities in order to ensure their residents a measure of privacy?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Puppetmaster and the puppets

John Lowndes and local politicians....

Friday, October 23, 2009

Man the Lifeboats

Six blind Mayors, six blind Mayors
See how they vote, see how they vote
They all wanted a YMCA
But the public didn’t see it that way
When asked if Highlands was going to pay
All the expenses for the YMCA
No one would say

This is beyond fascinating. Not two short weeks ago, elected officials were tripping over themselves in trying to lay claim to being the mastermind behind a YMCA to be located in the Town of Shelburne.

Shelburne can’t sustain a Tim Horton’s, but somehow…a YMCA becomes a feasible option? But I digress.

However when a ratepayer began asking the hard questions-like why would Melancthon residents, who already pay toward 3 arenas and two pools pay toward a YMCA and would Highland Companies be paying the capital costs for the construction of the facility… the following are the responses that were elicited.

Ed Crewson: October 17“I should not be credited with the idea of a YMCA”

Ed Crewson: October 18- “...John Lowndes introduced the YMCA idea..”

Highland Companies, October 21“...the mayors of six area municipalities requested that the region be considered a candidate for YMCA programs and services.”

Ed Crewson: October 23- “The truth is that the idea of contacting the YMCA originated with John Lowndes”

POLITICIANS: Be sure to form an orderly line or someone will get trampled in the stampede to get away from this issue.
Strike the band and man the lifeboats… just like the Titanic, I think the YMCA is sinking.
Is that good or bad-you decide.
In my opinion however, it would be good if Highlands were NOT associated with this little endeavour.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Cast of Characters

For those of you who aren’t well versed in this continuing saga, here is a directory for your reference:

Mayor Debbie Fawcett: Mayor of Melancthon

Deputy Dog Hill: Deputy Mayor Bill Hill

Eddie Munster: Mayor Ed Crewson, Shelburne

John, If his Lips are Moving he is Lying, Lowndes, Johnny, Melancthon’s L. Ron Hubbard, the Melancthon Mesiah, King John, the Devil Incarnate, Big Bad Wolf: John Lowndes-principle of the Highland Companies

Wolf in Sheeps Clothing: Highland Companies also operating as Wilson Farms, Downey Farms, 3191574 Nova Scotia Company, 1712665 Ontario Inc., 3218089 Nova Scotia Company

NDACT: the North Dufferin Agricultural Community Taskforce and the moral compass, representing all that is good and right, watchdogs for Melancthon citizens, made up of salt of the earth people

Wes the Crypt Keeper Keller: Wes Keller, reporter for the Orangeville Citizen/Shelburne Free Press who doesn’t attend meetings outside of Orangeville because he doesn’t have a roadworthy vehicle, who “reports” his stories solely based on agendas and minutes and is clearly in support of a 2,400 acre, 200 foot open pit mine-read some of his articles

Minion Mikey, Maid Marian Daniher, Wee Mikey, Daniher: Michael Daniher, childhood friend of John Tory, lawyer, office mate of a registered lobbyist for Highland Companies, principle of “Special Situations”. Several ways to locate him: google him, look for the littlest, smarmiest looking guy at every meeting of Council with clipboard and binder, or just turn over a rock

Andrew Osyany: municipal solicitor

Jiving Jordan: Gerry Jordan, municipal planner-part time job (1 day a month), full time salary ($70,000/year)

David Lowndes: The guy who tried to pull the same open pit mine stunt in Flamborough, with so little luck he had to sell out and oh yeah, brother to John

Open Pit Mine: NOT a gravel pit, NOT a quarry, it is an aggregate operation that mines below the water table

Dufferin County: a place in which there are 15,000 acres of the best prime agricultural land in Canada which has been purchased by Highland Companies for the purpose of an open pit limestone mine and a place where NONE of the principles of Highland Companies live or are eligible to vote

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Trick Question

There are two images, but three questions. From the attached picture can you identify:

The Devil Incarnate
Wes the Crypt Keeper Keller
Johnny, If My Lips are Moving I am Lying, Lowndes