We’d like to encourage all of you to participate in an event which could have major implications for the proposed Caledon mega quarry application. Over the past several months, the West Caledon Communities Aggregate Group, of which the B.C.O. are a member, has diligently worked on a presentation for the Town of Caledon Councillors and the Region of Peel Planning Committee. This PowerPoint review will present a compelling case for more robust Official Plan policies to deal with future quarry applications. A stronger, more environmentally sensitive Caledon Official Plan could be a game changer for all future Aggregate applications.
This online presentation is scheduled for the evening of September 21, between 7 and 9 PM (exact time will hopefully be confirmed for us in a few days) before the mayor and councillors. We urge all of you to watch this presentation online because council will be monitoring the number of attendees. Strong community interest will send a clear message.
To log onto this Town of Caledon meeting, please use the following link:
Thank you for your continued support of the Coalition for the West Credit River. Over the summer the Coalition continued its efforts to ensure the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant does no harm to the West Credit River and its coldwater Brook Trout population. In this update you will find:
Application for Investigation of the Town of Erin Under the Environment Bill of Rights
On 9 August 2021, Judy Mabee, President of the Belfountain Community Organization, and Linda Heron, Chair of the Ontario Rivers Alliance, filed an Environmental Bill of Rights Application for Investigation of the Corporation of the Town of Erin.
The Application alleges that the Town of Erin is moving forward to the construction phase of the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant (Project) when it has not met key commitments it made in its Town of Erin Wastewater Servicing Class Environmental Study Report (ESR). Here is a brief timeline:
29 August 2019: The Project received Minister Jeff Yurek’s conditional approval, with a promise in the ESR to submit an Addendum to the ESR once the final Project site was chosen.
18 August 2020: At a Town of Erin Council Meeting the chosen Project site was announced, including a confirmation that an Addendum to the ESR (Addendum) would be completed.
13 July 2021: Mayor Alls informed the Coalition Chair, Judy Maybee, that the Town would not be issuing an Addendum and that the Project had been put out to tender to three pre-qualified contractors. They expected to award the contract sometime in mid-August. It is interesting to note that no bids were received by the tender due date.
Failing to issue an Addendum on site selection, which includes a 30-day public comment period, deprives stakeholders, the public, and Indigenous communities of the opportunity to be consulted and provide input into this highly controversial Project.
Brook Trout holding in the West Credit River. From the surface these fish are nearly invisible. An underwater camera and a healthy dose of patience is needed to snap a photo like this.
The ESR also committed to an Environmental Management Plan, an Arborist Report for all affected areas, and additional bird and bat surveys. The Coalition is not aware if these additional commitments were completed before brush was cleared and burned, trees ripped out by the roots and a coldwater Brook Trout nursery and tributary to the West Credit River was severely damaged by heavy machinery in and around the Project study area.
If successful, the Application for Investigation will hold the Town of Erin accountable to the commitments it made in the ESR and provide an opportunity for the public to provide input into the Project site location and any additional studies and reports.
The Minister of Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP) and the Environmental Bill of Rights Office will review the application. If an investigation is required, the results of the investigation will be reported by 8 December 2021. If an investigation is not required, the Coalition will be notified by 11 October 2021.
The Office of the Auditor General will also review the Application for Investigation and the Minister’s decision to assess whether the MECP is in compliance with the regulatory requirements, and whether a thorough and just review and decision was reached. Belfountain Community Garage Sale
In place of the Salamander Festival the Belfountain Community Organizations (BCO) is holding a Fundraising Garage Sale on Saturday Sept. 25th from 11 am – 3pm.
Proceeds from the Garage Sale will help fund the BCO’s fight to preserve their community and the West Credit River.
The Coalition will have a booth at the Garage Sale dedicated to raising awareness about the West Credit River. Stop in to say hello, pick up a Credit River fish poster and try your hand at fly casting.
All winners received prizes for their help in raising awareness about the West Credit River. Share your Story about the Wastewater Treatment Plant
Do you kayak, yoga, hike or bird-watch along the West Credit River? Are you a downstream landowner or business impacted by the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant? If you have a unique perspective on the impacts of the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant and would like to share your story, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued support!
Judy Mabee, Chair, Coalition for the West Credit River
Support the Coalition for the West Credit River by Donating to our Small Change Fund
We are providing additional information to the residents of Belfountain regarding the Community Garage Sale Saturday September 25th from 11 am – 3pm.
We are asking for your help to raise funds for our community. This is a fundraiser to help all of us defend against the serious threatening issues and significant financial impacts from the Manors of Belfountain development and the Erin Wastewater plant.
We would like to attract as many people as possible to our garage sale. Please copy and paste to send this link (not this email) to everyone you know and encourage them to come and spend their money here for a great cause.
The sale begins at 11am and ends at 3pm. There will be a great band, representatives from the Coalition for the West Credit River and sale tables at the corner of Forks of the Credit Rd and Old Main beside the green building. We expect that people will be walking along the roadsides to visit the tables at the end of the driveways. We have asked everyone to maintain social distancing.
Please email email@example.com if you intend to participate and are putting your items at the end of your driveway. Please coordinate with your neighbours if that makes sense for you. If you have items for sale that you would like to donate but will not be able to put out a table, please drop them off before 9am at South East corner of Forks of the Credit Rd and Old Main Street.
Please contribute to protect our small and beautiful hamlet. Once you have sold your goods and the garage sale is over, we hope you will share your profits by donating all or a portion using these methods. If you prefer to give the cash you have received, there will be a central donation box at Forks of the Credit Rd and Old Main from 3pm – 4pm. Please give generously to the BCO through your garage sale efforts. If you, or someone you know, are unable to participate and would like to donate , you can do so by either of these methods:
Donating directly to the B.C.O: 100% of donations made are used to pay legal fees, experts’ invoices, and administration costs. No tax receipts are available. The B.C.O. is an incorporated non-profit organization supported by volunteers. You can donate directly to the B.C.O. by cheque, cash or e-transfer by contacting treasurer@ belfountain.ca, or click on the link below to use PayPal at BCO to support the initiatives. 100% of donations made are used to pay legal fees, experts’ invoices, and administration costs. No tax receipts are available. The B.C.O. is an incorporated non-profit organization supported by volunteers. B.C.O. administration costs are outlined in our financial statements which are reviewed publicly at the Annual General Meeting and posted to our website.
Donating through Small Change Fund: For those of you who would like a tax receipt, we are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Small Change Fund. When you donate $25 or more to either project, you will receive a tax receipt. SCF does retain a percentage of the funds donated to support the services they provide as outlined on their website. Choose the project: (Manors of Belfountain Subdivision) Belfountain-needs-your-help or/and (Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant) Cut-the-crap-save-the-credit . As projects are resolved and donations received are higher than the invoices for the project, the overage will be applied to the most urgent of the remaining issue.
Belfountain may be small, but we are mighty when we work together
You and your friends and family can learn more about this exciting day by streaming the Dufferin Life show on Rogers TV Sunday September 19 through Sunday September 25th. (Sunday: 9am, 1pm, 10am, Monday through Saturday: 9am, 1pm, 7pm and 10pm.) It can be seen on Rogers Cable 63 Dufferin-Caledon. Click on the link below during any of the show times listed above and click on the “watch now” in the top left corner of the screen. http://www.rogerstv.com/home?lid=14&rid=21
The BCO has received this update from the CVC. CVC are offering a site tour in the coming weeks to residents of Belfountain. If you are interested in attending, please advise firstname.lastname@example.org by September 3rd and we will provide the CVC with your name and email.
I appreciate that the construction noise can be unpleasant for those that back onto the conservation area and I appreciate their patience and long suffering. Please know that we are moving as swiftly as possible to get the heavy works done by the end of September. Our schedule is driven by the need to complete the pond removal, channel construction and dam mitigation works within the fisheries window for the West Credit. The good news is that we are on schedule and the contractor (R&M Construction) have been fantastic in moving this along – and I trust that the overall results will be worth the disruption.
Right now we are working to complete the final 1/3 of the dam mitigation works and the last bit of the new channel. The recent hammering noise that folks have heard is the demolition of the sluice gate (figure below highlighted in Yellow below signature). This was the control gate with stop logs and a valve that CVC installed in the 1960’s. With the dam being lowered by 1m and anchored, and with the pond removed, we are restoring the original width and face of the dam as it connects to that wingwall. The hammering will be over today, as next week will see the installation of the formwork and concrete pouring for this restored section of dam. Beyond September we are working on the new public realm elements (boardwalk, outlook, stone masonry restoration, bridge, etc.) and the daily noise should decrease.
JessedeJager | he/him/his
Manager, Capital Projects and Assets | Credit Valley Conservation
This year on what would have been SALAMANDER FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th
LET’S HAVE A COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE!
Throw in some music with a couple of local bands. Get together with our neighbours and help fund the BCO’s fight to preserve our community. This is a FUNDRAISER, so please DONATE A PORTION OF YOUR PROCEEDS to the BELFOUNTAIN COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION that works for you and me.
TIME: 11 am to 3 pm PLACE: You can have your own table in front of your house or join the COMMUNITY TABLES IN THE VILLAGE. For information regarding the community tables please email email@example.com
Town of Erin Must Follow Through with its Commitments to Stakeholders
The Coalition for the West Credit River (Coalition) is concerned that the Town of Erin is moving forward to the construction phase of the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant when it has not met key commitments it made in its Town of Erin Urban Centre Wastewater Servicing Class Environmental Study Report (ESR).
For this reason, Judy Mabee, President of the Belfountain Community Organization and Linda Heron, Chair of the Ontario Rivers Alliance, have filed an Environmental Bill of Rights Application for Investigation of the Corporation of the Town of Erin (Town). The Ministry will investigate whether the Town contravened or violated Section 38 of the Environmental Assessment Act.
The ESR committed to issuing an Addendum to the ESR once a final project site was chosen. The Project received Minister Jeff Yurek’s conditional approval on 29 August 2019; however, Site 1 (the Solmar land) was not officially chosen until a Town Council Meeting held on 18 August 2020, more than 2 years after the Notice of Completion was issued. The Council resolution included the announcement that a corresponding Addendum to the ESR would be completed.
Judy Mabee reported, “Mayor Alls recently informed us that the Town would not be issuing an Addendum and that the Project has been put out to tender to three pre-qualified contractors. They expect to award the contract sometime this month”.
The ESR also committed to an Environmental Management Plan, an Arborist Report for all affected areas, and additional bird and bat surveys; however, we are not aware if these additional commitments were completed before brush was cleared and burned, trees ripped out by the roots and a coldwater Brook Trout nursery and tributary to the West Credit River was severely damaged by heavy machinery in and around the study area.
The majority of this damage took place in a Provincially Significant West Credit River Wetland Complex, Species at Risk Woodlands, and a Greenbelt Natural Heritage System. It is important to know if these additional studies were done before major damage was done to SARs, SARA, migratory birds and/or sensitive species habitats, or if they were ever done.
“Failing to issue an Addendum to the ESR deprives stakeholders, the public, and Indigenous communities of the opportunity to be consulted and provide input into this highly controversial Project. If successful, the Minister will ensure these commitments are met, and provide a 30-day comment period to the public and Indigenous communities”, said Linda Heron.
The Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks and the Auditor General’s office are charged with considering the Coalition’s Application for Investigation.
The Coalition for the West Credit River represents the following organizations: the Belfountain Community Organization, Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club, Ontario Rivers Alliance, Ontario Streams, Trout Unlimited Canada – Greg Clark Chapter and the West Credit River Watch.
Thank you for your continued support of our Campaign to ensure the Erin Wastewater Treatment Plant does no harm to the West Credit River and its self-sustaining coldwater Brook Trout population.
You showed us that you care about West Credit River Brook Trout when you signed the “Cut the Crap Keep the Credit” petition, donated to our Small Change Fund and submitted letters supporting a federal environmental review of the project. Thanks to you and all our supporters, the petition now has over 22,000 signatures. To keep abreast of our Campaign you can also follow us on Facebook.
The Coalition for the West Credit River (Coalition) was disappointed when the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada failed to approve our request for a full federal review; however, the federal agencies’ reports have provided us with new avenues of pursuit.
The Coalition continues to advocate for key effluent temperature limits and water quality requirements identified in the Impact Assessment Agency’s decision, and we will release additional information over the coming weeks.
COLOURING CONTEST The Coalition is currently running a Colouring Contest to help raise an awareness of the West Credit River ecosystem, and its sensitive Brook Trout population. Attached is the full-sized Colouring Sheet along with the instructions.
The contest is open to children and adults. We encourage you to enter to win one of the following prizes:
Children’s prizes: A Brook Trout plushie, The Ultimate Book of Sharks, or a subscription to National Geographic Kids magazine.
Adult Prizes: Brook Trout belt, Brook Trout sun or eyeglass retainers, and Redside Dace coffee mug.
Contest closes at midnight on 15 August, and winners will be announced on 31 August 2021.
Thank you for your support! Have a wonderful day!
Judy Mabee, Chair, Coalition for the West Credit River
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