Letter to the Editor

Hello Concerned Citizen! We want to make it easy for you to write to your local newspaper and voice your concern about how the gravel mining industry inflicts damage on affected communities, threatened species, and the environment. Please join us to Demand A Moratorium Now on all new gravel mining approvals in Ontario.

3 Easy Steps to Write a Letter to Your Local Newspaper

Step 1: Fill in contact information at the bottom of this page and select “Next Page”

Step 2: Select a local newspaper and write your letter 

  • If your local newspaper is not listed, use the search feature to find it and select it
  • Your letter should be a maximum of 300 words to increase the chances it will be printed (there is a word counter in the template to assist you)
  • In your own words make the following points:

1. Over 330,000 acres of Ontario is licensed to the gravel mining industry. In the past 15 years, the scarring by the gravel mining industry has increased by 20%

2. Gravel mining destroys aquifers and uses large volumes of water to wash gravel

3. There are already more than 5000 pits and quarries in Ontario

4. It's not necessary to approve new pits and quarries every year because the Ontario government has already given the gravel mining industry permission to extract 13 times more gravel every year than the market needs

5. It's time for a moratorium on new gravel mining approvals until an independent panel of experts, including Indigenous Leaders, can conduct a review and make recommendations that guarantee that gravel mining does not compromise groundwater for future generations

6. Include a personal statement about why this matter is important to you and your community

Step 3: Click “Send Letter Now”

Thank you! 

We acknowledge that we work on the Treaty and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Treaty 13 and the Williams Treaties, the Treaty and traditional territory of Williams Treaty Nations (Alderville, Hiawatha, Curve Lake, Hiawatha and Scugog Island, Beausoleil, Georgina Island and Rama Island First Nations). Ancestrally this territory was home to other First Nations including the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and the Pentun peoples. Today, this land is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. In addition, our work takes place nationwide, across all the Treaty and unceded lands of Turtle Island. We recognize, respect and strive to reconcile the inherent Aboriginal and Treaty rights of all the Indigenous peoples as upheld within the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Constitution of Canada.