Coalition of Concerned Citizens & Businesses



Thank YOU for taking the time to READ & COMPLETE this survey regarding the next steps.

We have NEW information to share AND require your survey feedback prior to JUNE 14, 2020:

1) LPAT (Local Planning Appeal Tribunal) is re-scheduling a proceeding for the Case Management Conference (CMC) for the matter of objections received from Objectors vs Applicant Freymond Lumber Ltd. Appellants include many private citizens who are objecting to a Class A licence for the removal of aggregate. Date to be determined due to coronavirus.

2) LPAT will also be re-scheduling a proceeding at the same time as the above matter, for a CMC for the following:  Appellant, No Place for a Quarry vs Upper Tier of Hastings – on Proposed Official Plan Amendment  No. 18 for the County of Hastings.


Freymond Lumber and Fowler Construction (50% of Fowler was sold to Capital Paying in 2014) wants to create a quarry on Bay Lake Road and Hwy 62, the border of Faraday Township & Town of Bancroft. NPFAQ are not against quarries. We are vehemently against the location of this quarry. Quarries are traditionally hidden and several kilometers from residential and recreational businesses for obvious reasons. This one is proposed to be centred within a concentrated area of cottages, residences, a world class wellness resort, and a family farm as close at 90 metres from the blast zone. 

Blasting, drilling and crushing threatens our unique clean spring-fed lakes, pollutes our clean air with dust, affects wildlife for up to 2 kms, diminishes tourism, devalues your cottage or home, and could produce deadly fly rock.

If re-zoning is approved, 10 loads per hour will depart this quarry – that’s 20 trucks per hour; 10 in and 10 out. With Doug Ford’s new proposal, quarries may soon be allowed to operate any time of day or night without restrictions or accountability. There will be a significant increase in heavy trucks at the T-intersection in Bancroft at Hwy 62 & Hwy 28 which is already congested and will create further safety hazards.

READ YOUR GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO ENVIRONMENTAL BILL OF RIGHTS – “the people of Ontario have as a common goal the protection, conservation and restoration of the natural environment for the benefit of present and future generations.”


Open Editorial Letter to Bancroft Times – June 2019 (text format)

Open Editorial Letter to Bancroft Times – June 2019 (Paper format, Part 1)

Open Editorial Letter to Bancroft Times – June 2019 (Paper format, Part 1)


UPDATED: as of July 16, 2019

July 17, 10:30am – LPAT Hearing held at Faraday Community Centre – Faraday is trying to have NPFAQ Appeal Dismissed.

June 18: The NPFAQ legal team presented the expert findings, reports on water, traffic, economic impact and noise pollution to show evidence that this is no place for a quarry. Hastings County Council voted 10-3 in favour of changing the Official Plan 18 from Rural to Industrial Extraction.

March 19: A delegation of citizens and the legal team from Donnelly Law Barristers & Solicitors hired by NPFAQ presented their concerns to the Hastings County Planning Council. In a vote of 12-2, the delegation succeeded in postponing the zoning change vote to June 18th.



  1. Educate yourself on the irreversible damage that can be caused by quarries to people, animals and environment. See tabs for articles and research.
  2. Volunteer to help with protests, putting up signs and posters, manning information booths. Email us by clicking on ‘Get Involved Tab’. Teen Activists Welcome!
  3. DONATE TODAY and receive a tax receipt to the legal fund and the cost of expert reports. No amount is too little. $50,000 is the goal and to date we have raised over $25,000.

Cost Commitments to Date:
Community Awareness Signs and Posters: $1225
Ramsey Planning:  $2217
Noise Study: $9000
Traffic Safety: (T-intersection Bridge Street & Hwy 62S) $1500
Water Study: TBD
Tomlinson Economic Impact Study: $5000
Donnelly Law Legal Retainer: $5000 + $6200
Gillespie Legal Retainer: $5000

“Our family cottage when I was growing up was not too far from Bancroft.
I know how beautiful the area is and why everyone is so determined to see this landscape protected.”
~ David Donnelly, Donnelly Law Barristers & Solicitors

Help us protect your slice of perfection in Bancroft…

Help! We only have until end of June 2019 to fund all the expert opinions we need to show Hastings County that they have to demand more information to protect our freshwater supply, the environment, existing tourism businesses, and the many, many year round and seasonal residents safe from the next 50 years – the proposed lifetime of the Freymond/Fowler quarry. Donate to our GoFundMe page to help. If you require a tax receipt we’ve also set up SmallChangeFund donation site just for you.

Noise Impact Review – June 2019

By on June 12, 2019

Letter from the Mayor of Bancroft

By on June 12, 2019

Open Editorial Letter to Bancroft Times – June 2019

By on June 12, 2019

From Madeleine Marentette, Founder & President Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing Inc – Bay Lake Road, Bancroft, Ontario  Environmental Protection, Healthy Tourism Careers – Left in the Dust For 25 years Grail Springs Retreat Centre for Wellbeing has operated