Bobcaygeon area residents taking last stand against mega quarry

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Mar 192018

By Pamela Vanmeer – March 19, 20180114

KAWARTHA LAKES- “We are in a beautiful area and all of a sudden it will be gone,” Ruth Pillsworth says. “People don’t know unfortunately because we are a seasonal area a lot of people aren’t aware of the issue that when they come to the Bobcaygeon area it’s not going to be the same anymore.”

Pillsworth is one of about 11 residents who are in the middle of a “David and Goliath” battle to stop a mega quarry from coming to the area. The group who call themselves “Citizens for Responsible Aggregate Development” say the Dewdney Mountain Quarry will irrevocably change the Bobcaygeon area and not for the better. “Am I going to be wanting to fight the trucks, am I going to be wanting to go fishing, oh wait there may not be any fish left here.” Pillsworth says. Continue reading »

County of Peterborough Official Plan Project

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Aug 052017

Peterborough County wants your input for this project.   Follow this link and complete the survey to become engaged.



Keep up to day on the status of their Official Plan Project by visiting their website or following them on Twitter (@PtboCounty) or Facebook  (Ptbocounty)


What do dark skies have to do with human health & biodiversity?

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Jul 272017

Dark skies are an overlooked feature of the environment and are essential to keeping our wildlife and ourselves healthy!  Dark skies help us sleep, increase our immunity and metabolism, and are this important for most mammals, birds, fishes and plants… Without night skies, we don’t reach REM sleep, and nor do hummingbirds or loons. Lighting at night distracts, confuses, and exhausts pollinators and migrating birds, and actually invites predators. Most modern forms of night lights can also blind us to the shadows.   But, there are simple fixes!….an inexpensive orange filter can make a world of difference; it can keep your property safe, ensure you see a larger distance, and not harm the wildlife too. A sheath on the fixture can also help neighbor relations as well as migrating birds…. Read More

Flying Lanterns are Now Banned in Trent Lakes

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May 192017


Please take note that the Municipality of Trent Lakes Fire By-law B2015-072 has been amended on May 16, 2017 by B2017-053 (contains a definition of a ‘flying latern’) which is now in effect.

This amendment states that no person shall discharge, fire, set off, or cause to be set off a flying lantern within the Municipality of Trent Lakes.  It also states that no person shall discharge consumer fireworks during an imposed burn ban.

For further information or a copy of the By-law, please contact the Clerk at 705-738-3800 ext. 240 or email kstevenson@trentlakes.ca

NPLA comments to the government of ONT. on the regulations to establish as moratorium on permits to take water

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Feb 022017

Leo Luong, Manager
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division
Land and Water Policy Branch
40 St. Clair Avenue West
Floor 10
Toronto Ontario
M4V 1M2

Re: Regulation Proposal Notice – A regulation establishing a moratorium on the issuance of new or increasing permits to take water for water bottling (EBR Registry # 012-8783).

Dear Mr. Luong:

The North Pigeon Lake Association (NPLA) is located in the Municipality of Trent Lakes and the City of Kawartha Lakes. NPLA supports actions that preserve and promote the welfare of the shoreline and the waters of north Pigeon Lake, its catchment area, and more broadly across Ontario. We promote good government, including environmental stewardship.

NPLA supports the Ministry’s proposal for a two-year moratorium on new or increased permits to take water and appreciates the opportunity for public comment via posting the proposal notice on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry.

NPLA is pleased that the proposal acknowledges that parts of the province targeted for population growth have concerns related to future water security and there is, therefore, a need, to prioritize water-taking uses. We support stricter policies and regulations for the water bottling industry.

With respect to the Actions planned during the moratorium, NPLA offers these specific comments: Continue reading »

Notice of Complete Application for Plan of Subdivision and Condominium

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Jan 242017

Please be advised that the County of Peterborough has received a complete application for a plan of subdivision and a plan of condominium for a property located on Pigeon Lake in the geographic township of Harvey, Municipality of Trent Lakes. The purpose of the application is for a 16 lot residential subdivision and 6 common elements blocks consisting of open space area, an internal road, a shoreland open space area and two docking areas.A zoning by-law amendment to the Trent Lakes Comprehensive Zoning By-law will also be required. Notification will be circulated to property owners within 120 metres of the subject lands once a complete application is received by the Municipality. An Official Plan Amendment is not required for this proposal.

If you would like more information regarding this proposed development please see the attachments below or contact the County of Peterborough Planning Department at (705) 743-0380 or Municipality of Trent Lakes Building and Planning Department at (705) 738-3800 ext. 234.




Young’s Quarry Permit #601221 on Bass Lane Rd Trent Lakes

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Jan 232017

Dear Mr. Simmons,

I have received your correspondence over the past couple of weeks.  Thank you.

I appreciate the effort taken to track me down as Canada Post had changed my address from the one I gave at the public meeting Friday Jan 16, 2015.  You even emailed me the Return to Sender envelope.  It speaks volumes that you took the time and are taking concerns of citizens seriously and you take communication with local citizens seriously.  The more that people are aware by direct correspondence, the more residents can be proactive rather than reactive.  There is a respect element also of you contacting us all directly rather than putting all of the onus on the citizens, to keep abreast of all information regarding pits and quarries in Trent Lakes.   Thank you again.   I am President of North Pigeon Lake Association (NPLA) and our area of membership has expanded to include the watershed.  We have members who live on Bass Lake.  I am also a resident on Bass Lake Rd.

It is difficult and upsetting for many of us who moved up to this area for peace, quiet and tranquil sounds of nature to now be experiencing noise caused by aggregate extraction.  Hmm I wonder how many quarry/pit owners actually live near their businesses.   That would be an interesting statistic but I digress………

After reading your correspondence I have questions for Shawn Trimper from Eastern Region.  I wonder if I can have a copy of the Addendum to the Hydrogeological Assessment to support the Site Plan Amendment.  I am not sure it will answer my questions but I am wanting to know about the monitoring program of the test wells.  What are the parameters and objectives.  Who will be looking at the results and doing the analysis?  I would hope they would  be made public.

Also when you say that the monitoring needs to be done two years prior to any dewatering of the quarry site …… does this mean that quarrying can be done until the water table is involved and then the two years of monitoring starts?

Could I also have a copy of the Noise Feasibility Study please.  Where I live I hear the quarrying now and I am approx 4 km away.  I know that friends and NPLA members on Bass Lake and Silver Lake experience more noise and dust then we do down here on Bass Lake Rd.

I respect the time you have taken to work with local clubs.

Please let me know when the Citizens’ Liaison Committee will be set up.

I am pleased that Trent Lakes has requested another information meeting this summer as our cottages will be here and people who leave for the winter will be back.  I am hoping there will be a representative from the MNRF there to answer questions.


Janet Klein

President NPLA & resident on Bass Lake Rd.