June 8 | Provincial Day of Action

On June 8, 2024, communities across the province participated in the first-ever Day of Action to Protect Ontario from Gravel Mining. We mobilized residents and policymakers to defend lives and the environment by Demanding A Moratorium Now (DAMN!) on all new aggregate approvals.

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Six months ago, the Auditor General concluded the Province is failing to protect the public from the threats gravel mining poses to human and environmental health. In its damning report, the Auditor General confirms our first-hand experience: that the aggregate industry is plagued by widespread violations without adequate enforcement, and without even evidence that Ontario needs more aggregates to be mined.

The Auditor General established clear actions that the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) must take to protect the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the climate that sustains life. But six months later, authorities have failed to respond to these recommendations with an action plan. Instead, they continue to hand the future of our communities over to an industry dominated by multinational corporations and driven by greed. Don’t let the aggregate industry haul our future away!

On June 8 we told the Province: It’s about DAMN! time to act on the Auditor General's findings. It’s about DAMN! time to reform gravel mining.

We Demand A Moratorium Now (DAMN!) on all new gravel mining approvals, until the Province implements meaningful public policy changes starting with the Auditor General’s recommendations.

Our demands

Pull the emergency brake on the broken aggregate management system

The Auditor General concluded the Province is failing to protect the public from the significant negative impacts of gravel mining. The province must press pause on new gravel mining approvals until it implements the Auditor General’s recommendations.

Protect water, farmland, and the climate

Aggregate mining destroys farmland and threatens food security; pollutes our air and harms our health; poses a risk to drinking water; and contributes to climate chaos. No approvals for new pits and quarries until the Province implements best practices to protect human and environmental health.

Gravel mining based on need, not greed

Currently, the Province authorizes companies to extract thirteen times more aggregate than is needed to meet our average annual consumption. The government acts as if gravel were unlimited and its extraction harmless. Yet gravel is a non-renewable resource that serves the vital function of keeping our water clean. Gravel mining causes serious, often irreversible harm. No approvals for new pits and quarries until the Province requires companies to report reserves, provides accurate, independent information on supply and demand, and creates a sustainable aggregate management strategy.

Protect public interest and participation

Guarantee First Nations’ right to consent on aggregate projects and honour treaties and obligations with First Nations. Level the playing field by increasing the weight of public interest and participation in decision-making on aggregate projects. Multinational corporations with powerful lobbyists shouldn't have more say than the public on the future of Ontario.

Community participation in June 8 Provincial Day of Action

Group Location Time Description For more info, email:
Forks of the Credit Preservation Group Hamlet of the Cataract, Caledon 11:30am - 2:30pm

Say NO to the Caledon Mega Quarry!

Enjoy a self-guided tour around the proposed quarry area, where you’ll learn about the wonderful things in the Heart of the Headwaters. Tour this lovely area and complete activities to get ballots for prizes!

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CORE Burlington 4455 Cedar Springs Rd., Burlington 10am - 4pm

Mount Nemo Artisan Market

Support local artisans and support Mount Nemo. There’ll be tasty goodies, handmade crafts like woodwork, soaps, crochet, and lots of local food to experience!

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Friends of Ball’s Bridge and Little Lakes 38270 Little Lakes Road, Goderich N7A 3Y1 6 - 10pm

Light up the Bridge that Love Built

Join us for an evening of celebration, music, art, history, and treats! 6-7pm: Little Lakes interpretive, self-guided drive, hike or bike 7-8:30pm: Treats, refreshments, and music at Ball's Bridge 8:30pm: Bridge lighting ceremony

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Friends of Lanark Highlands Wheelers Pancake House, 1001 Highland Line, McDonalds Corners 11am

Nature Walk

This hike will be held on the trails at Wheelers Pancake House, just west of the site of the proposed Highland Line gravel pit. Please meet at the teepee for the 2.6 km loop trail that will take you through the sugar bush and alongside the wetlands, including the Long Sault Creek. Wheelers Maple is open 9am-3pm. Feel free to enjoy a meal in the pancake house and take in the sugar camp, museums, barn, playground, and other trails.

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Save Our Water Tiny

MPP Doug Downey’s Office - 20 Bell Farm Rd, Barrie, ON L4M 6E4

MPP Jill Dunlop’s Office - 575 West Street S unit 9, Orillia, ON L3V 5H4

10am & 2pm

MPP Rallies

The purest water on Earth is at risk of contamination. Will you help protect it? Join rallies at the offices of MPPs Doug Downey and Jill Dunlop to demand they support a 5-year moratorium on aggregate mining at French’s Hill and a provincial moratorium on new aggregate mining approvals.

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Saugeen Preservation Society MPP Rick Byers’ Office: 345 8th St E, Suite 105, Owen Sound, ON, N4K 1L3 2 - 2:30pm

Tell Rick Byers to Save the Saugeen!

Please join us for a rally to demand MPP Rick Byers take action to save our beautiful river and thriving local tourism economy from three harmful and unnecessary gravel mining projects.

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North Shore Environmental Resources Advocates Home of Rhonda & Tom Kirby, Lake Lauzon, 1339 Pronto Rd., Algoma Mills 11am-3pm

Lauzon Turtle Trek

Calling all paddlers! Bring your canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards. Join us on beautiful Lake Lauzon to show our appreciation for the North Shore Blanding’s turtle population and their sensitive habitat at risk of destruction by the Darien Quarry.

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Wilderness Committee Patagonia, 500 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1L9 11am-3pm

Protect Blanding’s Turtles

Stop by our table inside of Patagonia on King Street West from 11am-3pm! Use our online tools to send a letter to your MPP and support frontline community groups fighting harmful gravel mining. You’ll also learn more about the collaboration between members of Serpent River First Nation, allied local residents, and the scientific community to protect the endangered Blanding’s Turtle population.

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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.