Our group spends significant time gathering, researching and analyzing reports, policies, and legislation that we can use to support our arguments objecting to the issues that could have such a negative impact on our community. Objection letters drafted by our group, and shared with our community often represent thousands of hours of research, consultation, and technical writing skills, culminating in an easy-to-understand and viable objection to be taken seriously by the various government agencies involved.
We are vigilantly keeping tabs on the unsafe driving habits of quarry traffic, witnessed within our community. About 20 metres north of this intersection of Switch and Rama Road, depicting this quarry truck having overshot the right hand turn east onto Switch Road, is a school bus stop.
The quarry is in the middle of a biodiversity-rich habitat, which is home to several endangered and threatened species. Our team makes every effort to protect and document the species at risk in this area, in the hopes that the MNRF will recognize this wetland as provincially significant, which would offer some protection.
Our community has become closer in our united pursuit of justice, that in no way should this quarry be so close to our homes. Clean water and air do not respect property lines, so it is in our neighbourhood's best interest to put a stop to the quarry, for a multitude of reasons. We are all in this together.
Members of our group have been attending council meetings to keep apprised of any movement in Fowler's application process, which is easier now that meetings are online. Stay informed by visiting the township website to learn about upcoming meetings, agendas, and minutes, or subscribe to their newsletter.
We have been making important connections with leaders of communities in positions similar to ours. We have aligned ourselves with powerful environmental organizations within whose experienced coalitions we can submit impactful and comprehensive comments to government agencies and political leaders.
This past year we have met with many of the key players in the decision-making process of whether Fowler's application is approved.
Let's hope they remember the people behind the objections.
A generous member of our community had signs made for people to display on their lawn to raise awareness. Another has donated billboard space. Similarly we have designed T-shirts, built an informative website, and created an electronic newsletter for neighbours on our mailing list, to keep them up to date. Coming soon: our second webinar!
The biologists working with the START turtle restoration project are every spring looking for great turtle habitat to conduct wetland surveys to document species at risk in our area. Every endangered turtle documented warrants additional protection from quarry expansion. Our community welcomes the responsibility of being advocates for the turtles, and the local wetlands in which they live.
It started with T-shirts, but as we became more organized, we hosted our first successful community fundraiser. We recently launched a sponsorship program for local businesses, and our next plan is for an online auction!
We have evolved from a small group of upset neighbours around a kitchen table, to a legally represented, incorporated NPO of directors of diverse individual skillsets. We have our own website, email, and PO box address. Ramara Legacy Alliance has a dedicated Facebook group, and Twitter account. We continue to grow as our fight progresses and our brand strengthens.
For comparative purposes, we have been gathering baseline values of water and air quality, as well as MPAC property values. We have thousands of videos depicting quarry truck infractions, and testimonials of negative quarry effects. Many of us have become familiar with species at risk in this biodiversity-rich area, and feel invested in protecting their ecologically sensitive habitat.
The Switch/Rama intersection is used by cars, pedestrians, cyclists, and many school buses, including this one that has just pulled away from the bus stop. Given the frightening number of trucks disobeying the stop sign, this is a tragic accident waiting to happen.
Flyrock assessment was omitted from Fowler's blasting report. Yet Fowler employees block off Rama and Switch Roads during blasting. The more we learn about the negative impacts of the quarry, i.e. the distance and the ballistic speeds at which flyrock is able to travel, the more we discover how vulnerable we really are.