What surprised me about the process was that in effect there was no process. The lawyer for CBM, the applicant for the pit appeared to be in charge! The chair should have been in charge, ie there was no other authority, but she deferred in effect to one of the lawyers, Mr White. Mr Fairweather (?) representing Brighton and the County, in effect did so too, allowing Mr White to direct proceedings, hardly an impartial way of doing things.
When I raised, what I thought was a reasonable point of order, concerning the way in which things were to unfold, expecting some indication of the timing, as to even, whether we would take a lunch break or a dinner break, I was told in effect, that things would unfold as they unfolded, with no indication of time frame, or even sense that one was required.
The great disappointment was that only 3 of the "participants" had shown up. Five just were not there! This meant that in particular since Mr England was absent, that a substantive science-based rebuttal of the claims of CBM would not be presented, could not be presented.
My presentation was as follows, similar to my previous blog, but addressing also the process of the application and the parallel process of the official plan. I dont think my essay will sway the board much, since she insisted throughout the morning on looking for "evidence." My talk was not evidence that the pit will harm the community in a substantive way. Anyway here it is.
Madam Chair, my name is Colin Griffiths. I am here as a resident of Brighton, of Northumberland and of Ontario, deeply concerned about the process of this application before you. My comments will be expressly directed against approval of a pit in Codrington.
“Where rural residential development has occurred in proximity to aggregate reserve areas, these lands will no longer be identified for future extraction of Aggregate Resources. Similarly, rural residential development will not be permitted where it could limit future opportunities for aggregate resource extraction.”
“Private interests, by being informed of the long-term objectives for the Municipality, may make decisions on their operations in the context of consistent and predictable public policies.”