Thursday, December 17, 2009

Malcolm Kirk - Grassroots Hero

Malcolm Kirk, a GABP director, has been selected as a 2009 Grassroots Hero in On the Bay magazine's third annual salute to people making a difference in our communities. The article outlines Mr. Kirk's  record of accomplishments in conservation in our area. Fittingly, Old Baldy, one of the many natural areas he worked so diligently to preserve, provides the backdrop for the accompanying photo of Mr. Kirk.

The entire article features the ten other recipients of this honour as well. You  can check out the story online on page 13.

If you would like a hard copy, On the Bay is available at Crow's Nest Books and Gifts in Collingwood and Downtown Bookstore and Cafe in Owen Sound.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Keppel Quarry Expansion Hits Speed Bump

Harold Sutherland Construction Ltd. must seek the approval of the Niagara Escarpment Commission, for a proposal  to expand the Keppel quarry, before proceeding to the Ontario Municipal Board.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Climate Action Day - October 24

Doug Nadler, a long-time member of GABP has asked that we help him promote the
Climate Action Day march and demonstration and festivities in Collingwood October

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Chatsworth/Georgian Bluffs Biodigester

Went to the information meetign at Keady Community Centre regarding the thinking behind and planning of the biodigestser.

The municipalites are putting up local taxpayers money along with the 2 million plus from the federal and provincial governments. The local councils are keen because they are confident the project will be profitable (meaning that it will cover operating and maintenance costs at least) through the selling of electrical power into the grid.

The plan is sensible-the lagoon is already there, being used to handle about 25 cubic metres of septage per day from Sunset Strip and other sources. The capacity is about 50; the new system is designed to come closer to that capacity, and the lagoon is always there as a back-up in case of technical problems.

This will be the first system using septage along with some kind of chopped organic matter (corn stover, canola straw or suchlike). Assuming it will work, it will be an important step towards a better solution to the processing of household septage in Ontario.

Bill C.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Coming Events

Open House and Public Meeting
Biodigester Project
Sept. 30 at 7:00 pm

GABP 20th Anniversary Event
Flesherton Kinplex Centre
Oct. 17 at 11:30 am

OMB Prehearing
Keppel Quarry Expansion
Georgian Bluffs Municipal Office (tentative)
Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 10:30 am

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

GABP's 20th Anniversary Event

Saturday, October 17
Kinplex Centre, Flesherton

Registration - 11:30
Lunch - 12:00
Guest Speaker - 1:00

We invite you to a celebration of GABP's 20 years of activism in Grey County planning issues. We are very pleased to have Ted Cowan, Ontario Federation of Agriculture researcher, as our guest speaker. The OFA made a formal presentation at the Green Energy Act hearings in April, 2009 and has a particular interest in wind energy, as well as biomass technology and the impacts for farming and rural communities.

We look forward to seeing you at the Kinplex Centre on Saturday, October 17 at 11:30. Bring a friend or two and let others know about what promises to be a very interesting and enjoyable time.

Cost $20.00

To learn more about Ted Cowan and the views of the OFA, follow this link:

Friday, July 24, 2009

20th Anniversary Event

Join us in celebrating GABP's 20th anniversary.
October 17, 2009

Kinplex Hall, Flesherton.

Mark your calendar now and watch this site for further details.

Monday, July 20, 2009

GABP Online

Welcome to GABP's web page.

Here, you can read about current planning issues of concern to Grey County residents.

Grey County is and will continue to be under increasing development pressure over the next few years. We must ensure that growth proceeds in ways that maintain and enhance our natural and cultural heritage.

We believe this can be achieved through working with our neighbours, keeping informed on issues affecting all of us, and helping to guide the process.

GABP committees have been active in the following areas:
  • Agriculture
  • Woodlands
  • Natural areas
  • Wetlands
  • Urban/rural land use
  • Transportation
  • Water management
  • Pits and quarries
  • Land trusts
  • Government liaison
  • Official Plan review
If any of these issues concern you, consider joining us.
Send a cheque for $25, along with the form shown below, to:
Box 312
Flesherton, ON