The Province Should Pay!!
The Province and developers of properties to the south have the greatest desire and need for the gravel.
The township doesn’t realize any great revenue from the mining of aggregates, and precious little of that funnels its way to the county’s coffers.
On the other hand, the Province not only gets the desired gravel production but also benefits from taxes arising from increased fuel consumption because of the haulage from the pit, along with other tax revenues, including those from developments made possible by the gravel production.
Accordingly, we submit that the Province should have to foot the cost of bringing Airport Road up to required standards if, indeed, its ministries and agencies approve the pit notwithstanding the wishes of local residents and township council.
What a far cry from the editorial that appeared in the same publication in 2009 with the head line:
Fighting quarry will be expensive
With the asinine advice:
In the circumstances, perhaps the best course for NDACT will be to strive for a compromise under which Highland will be barred from having an operation that occupies more than 100 of its 6,000 acres and is encouraged to move the aggregates by rail, not trucks on County 124.
The abrupt change in editorial stance can only be attributed to NDACT and their supporters, who never once waivered from their message and their cause which is to ensure that food and water take priority over rock and stone.
They, unlike this blogger, calmly and rationally stuck to their factual message to ensure people understood about not only the Highlands application, but the aggregate industry and the Aggregate Resources Act and the Provincial Policy Statement in general.
There were some pretty bleak times. Some families have been divided forever, local papers took editorial stances against individuals and NDACT supporters, but NDACT and supporters resolutely stood firm and kept their "eye on the prize".
And, to do date they have achieved remarkable things with
Highlands abruptly withdrawing their aggregate application in the fall of 2013 in the face of world wide opposition.
World wide opposition you say?
Remember the pictures of Stop the Quarry on Juno Beach?
Or on Mt Kilimanjaro???
NDACT and supporters are now focusing on the next phase of the campaign, Food and Water First, which involves lobbying the government, who really, really, really needs rural votes, to make changes to the Aggregate Resources Act and the Provincial Policy statement, so once and for all, Food and Water come first-over everything!!
Please get a sign, a button, make a donation and continue to support the cause.
They have the momentum, please help them capitalize on it now, so your children, grandchildren and their grandchildren's futures are secure!!