We, as citizens, have to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to protect the environment. It just happened in Ontario, where Highland Companies announced it was withdrawing its plan to build a massive open-pit limestone quarry in the rural countryside north of Toronto. People power won! And it wasn't the first time it's happened in Canada.
A billion tonnes of limestone lie beneath the rural countryside in Melancthon Township, 100 kilometres north of Toronto. A plan to remove it spotlights the challenges faced everywhere when the desire to protect valuable and ever-diminishing farmland clashes with efforts to push industrial development.
If you live in southern Ontario, you've likely seen the signs. Stop. The. Mega-Quarry. The simple red and white lawn signs have increasingly been springing up in yards and on porches in both rural communities and downtown Toronto. While the signs are becoming iconic, the mind-boggling numbers behind the controversial Mega-Quarry proposal aren't as well known.