Meridian Brick plans to clear-cut Burlington's forest. Stop them.

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Meridian Brick (formerly Forterra Brick) plans to clear-cut approximately 40 acres of prime forest to expand its commercial shale quarrying operations (the east cell) beside the residential Tyandaga neighbourhood in Burlington, Ontario.

I believe that our forests should be protected. I believe that our at-risk and endangered species should be protected. I also believe that quarrying activities contribute to soil erosion, potential health risks, loss of habitat and the degradation of the watershed.  Above all, I believe that our cities and towns should be designed to provide clean and safe environments for all.

It is clear to me that residential neighbourhoods should not be built beside quarries and that quarries should not operate beside residential areas because the inhalation of quarry dust can damage the respiratory system.

I therefore respectfully urge the Honourable Rod Phillips (Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks), and, the Honourable John Yakabuski, (Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry), to revoke Meridian Brick’s permission to quarry their east cell.

By revoking the permission to quarry this land, the government would demonstrate strong leadership in correcting planning oversights that were made decades ago, long before an understanding of fair and just environmental principles emerged in Ontario law and before the possible health hazards associated with quarry operations were fully appreciated.

Cancelling the 44-year old “sleeper” permission to quarry land held by Meridian Brick would save an important and healthy forest, protect habitat for all species, flora and fauna - including those that are at-risk and endangered and help protect Ontario’s watershed and residents’ health.

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