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DAY 12 - OCTOBER 13, 2009
Board will be away Nov 10th - change schedule. Mr Buhlman for JDCL will be leading the evidence for natural environment and hydrogeology.
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DAY 11 - OCTOBER 7, 2009
Topic: Visual Impact. Mr. Parkin (witness for JDCL) discussed the predicted effect the proposed quarry would have on various views as seen from different points in the surrounding countryside, and how JDCL planned to screen the quarry worksite from view by the use of berms.
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DAY 10 - OCTOBER 6, 2009
Testimony heard today regarded Visual Impact. Witnesses for JDCL were Mr. Parkin and Ms. Shearer.
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DAY 9 - OCTOBER 5, 2009
The focus today was Cultural Heritage and the witnesses for JDCL were Ms. Shearer and Mr. Unterman.
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DAY 8 - SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
The testimony heard today was from the Air Quality expert, Mr. Michael LePage, hired by James Dick Construction Limited. The afternoon session consisted of cross examination of Mr. LePage by the Town of Caledon's lawyer, Mr. Chris Barnett, followed by the lawyer representing the CCC, Mr. Ron Webb. Both Mr. Barnett and Mr. Webb sought clarification of certain details enclosed in Mr. LePage's conclusions and recommendations to the Board.
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DAY 7 - SEPTEMBER 28, 2009
The morning started with the lawyer for JDCL bringing up the issue of need and in effect trying to prove that need can be entered into evidence. Without understanding need then JDCL’s case is not well understood. Paragraph 1A in the minutes of settlement says that need can be introduced. Mr. Barnett suggested that we leave the argument until Mr. Garrod is back and continue with the evidence.
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DAY 6 - SEPTEMBER 24, 2009
Testimony by Mr. Pritchard—Traffic witness for JDCL continued today: Mr. Pritchard believes it would be an acceptable haul route on all levels. 80% of trucks from quarry will be JDCL trucks, so there would be more control over where and when they go. Pritchard makes a number of pages of recommendations re safety issues - Include school bus recommendations, and truck drivers will be responsible for their own speeding tickets. Improvement of roadway conditions would impact reductions of collisions with deer -improved visibility and wider roads, even with increased traffic. Route is good for truck traffic because not a lot of houses along route and most are set back. (!)
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DAY 5 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Witness testifying on behalf of JDCL was Mr. Roy A. Pritchard, P.Eng. The lawyer leading the questioning was Mr. Greg Richards. After being duly qualified as an expert witness in the field of traffic design and aggregate traffic in particular, Mr. Prichard began by stating, in general, the Rockfort site satisfies the objectives of both the Peel Official Plan and the Town of Caledon Official Plan and that Winston Churchill, Olde Baseline and Mississauga Roads were suitable for truck traffic subject to structural design.
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DAY 4 - SEPTEMBER 22, 2009
The witness for JDCL was Mr. McKay who testified as to the quality and uses of dolostone such as that found at the Rockfort quarry. At the outset of his testimony there was repeated reference to the demand for this material. Mr. Barnett and Mr. Garrod both raised concerns about the need issue being presented adding that the witness was not qualified to speak about demand. If we need the material it should not be an automatic that we need Rockfort. The chair allowed the witness to proceed.
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Day 3 - SEPTEMBER 21, 2009
After a small fire in the kitchen of the Parish Hall on Tuesday evening, the hearing re-convened today to hear two witnesses for JDCL. Mr. Parkin gave an overview of the site from a planning framework and Mr. Hollingsworth (MNR) gave evidence about the importance of mineral aggregates. Here are the top highlights of their testimony plus the cross- examinations.
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DAY 2 - SEPTEMBER 16, 2009
Handfuls of the public came and went throughout the proceedings as the various parties gave their “opening remarks”. 57 exhibits of evidence were filed with more likely to come.
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DAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 15, 2009
After 11 long years, the community, turned out yet again in large numbers to demonstrate their serious concerns over the Rockfort Quarry proposal on the first day of the OMB hearing. Over 300 people jammed into the St. James' Anglican parish hall in Caledon East, spilling out onto the driveway outside, as there was standing room only—an amazing attendance considering it was during working hours. The OMB Chair, Ms. Susan Campbell, began the proceedings, which are scheduled to carry on for four days a week, for six months. In the first fifteen minutes, people became frustrated in the over-filled room as they couldn’t hear what was being said. Voices were raised and after a period of heated discussion some conclusions were made.
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