Protecting the purest water: Two-day walk from Cedar Point to the Waverley Uplands
News release from the Water Walkers of Beausoleil Island First Nation
Hundreds are expected to gather this weekend to protest the expansion of an aggregate open pit mine on a pure fresh water resource known as the Alliston Aquifer. The water is some of the purest to have been tested on Earth.
Protesters are calling for a meeting with Dufferin Aggregates, a Division of CRH Canada Group Inc., Sarjeant Co. Ltd., the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change, as well as grassroots citizens, landowners and First Nations representatives. Protesters say this is the first event of many to come in the near future, and that this is an attempt of goodwill to come to a peaceful resolution.
Many of those participating in the two-day water walk are well known activists who stopped the development of a landfill known as Site 41 on the same aquifer in 2009. It was the first time in the history of the local area that First Nations people, landowners, farmers, cottagers and environmental organizations came together for a common cause. Participants fear that this will be another Site 41.
The walk begins Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at the Cedar Point ferry dock and ends Sunday November 5th at 40 Darby Road in Tiny Township at 4 pm, where a rally will be held. Potluck and fellowship with guest speakers to follow at the Wyebridge Community Centre at 5 pm. This event is open to the public.