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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

July update from CCQLD

Hi everyone,

We hope you're enjoying a relaxing summer.

It has been a while since our last update, so we wanted to take this
opportunity to keep you informed of a few recent developments.

As all of you know, the most significant development of late has been the
announcement by Ward 36 Councilor Brian Ashton that he will not be running
in the municipal election this fall. Brian has been an invaluable source
of knowledge, guidance and level-headed insight for CCQLD over the past
seven years, so we'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Brian
for his tireless work for the community and specifically relating to this
issue. For all your efforts, Brian, please accept our sincere thanks and
appreciation from the entire CCQLD membership and broader Birchcliff

We are pleased to report that Brian has told us this issue is personally
important to him and will continue to be so after the election; he will
continue to be a supporter of CCQLD, our objectives and our community's
determination to ensure responsible development of the Quarry Lands site.

Looking ahead, we are starting to reach out to the declared candidates
running to succeed Brian in Ward 36. We will be making all candidates
aware of the importance of the Quarry Lands issue to the Birchcliff
community and beyond. We are continuing as well in behind-the-scenes
efforts to ensure this issue is on the radar for Toronto's mayoral
candidates. Thanks to all the CCQLD members who have written with their
comments and reported back with thoughts from several of the candidates.

A few other matters: For those of you who have put your name on the list
for ordering signs, we need 100 people committed to purchasing signs at
$10 each before we can place an order. So far we have 29 requests. If
you'd like a sign, please send an email to Karen Direkze at We will collect the $10 after we have enough
requests to make the order. Also, we're making a final door-to-door
petition push so we can present our signatures at the final council
meeting in August before the election, so if you haven't yet signed,
hopefully you'll have an opportunity soon. Thanks to all the volunteers
spearheading this effort.

On the Ontario Municipal Board front, we still have no indication when the
Ontario Municipal Board will be announcing its decision from the OMB
hearing in February. It has taken far longer than anyone expected, but
we're not reading anything into the delay and there has been no change in
the status of the Quarry Lands since that time. We'll make sure to let
everyone know as soon as we hear of any developments.

CCQLD will have a booth at Scarborough Southwest MP Michelle Simson's Community BBQ, Saturday August 7th between 12 noon and 2:00 pm at Variety Village parking area (3701Danforth Avenue). Thanks to Michelle for allowing us to be there. It's another opportunity to sign the petition or order lawn signs, so we hope to see you there.

That's it for now. Enjoy the rest of the summer and as always, thanks for
your ongoing support.

Best regards,
Board of Directors, Concerned Citizens of Quarry