A Commemoration Ceremony for Marilyn Crawford will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. All are welcome. Meet at the Interpretive Centre, Foley Mountain Conservation Area. A bench will be dedicated to honour Marilyn's work and dedication to preserve the environment.
WebEx Mineral Development Strategy Feedback, March 17, 2015
to Justin Connidis thanking him for providing feedback to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
Ontario's Mineral Development Strategy
was released on March 2, 2015.
BMA’s 13th Annual General Meeting
will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, August 25, 2012
at The Bedford Town Hall (1381 Westport Road).
Guest Speakers from Mega Graphite and
The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
BMA’s 12th Annual General Meeting
at 10:00 am Saturday, August 13, 2011
at The Bedford Town Hall (1381 Westport Road).
Featured Guests to discuss the Mining Act Modernization:
Clive Stevenson, Provincial Mining Recorder and
Robert Merwin, Executive Director of the Mining Act Modernization Secretariat.
on the Mining Act Modernization update given at the BMA AGM in August is now available.
BMA’s presentation to the Standing Committee for Bill 173, Mining Amendment Act,
was made at 10:20 on August 6, 2009.
Transcripts for the day of hearings can be viewed on
BMA Annual General Meeting, July 25, 2009
Roy Denomme, Senior Manager Mining Lands, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and Forest made a
In July 2009, BMA made a submission to the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry
Withdrawl of Mining Rights
Order No. W-SO-54/09
An Act to Amend the Mining Act
by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines,
Government of Ontario, First Reading April 30, 2009:
Comments on the Mining Act Modernization Initiative
will now be accepted until January 15, 2009. Some suggesions and information can be found
If you wish to submit comments,
please email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and mail written submissions to:
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
99 Wellesley Street West, Room 5630
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W3
BMA comments sent to to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines for revising the outdated Mining Act, October 9, 2008
In this document to the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, BMA has focussed on three key issues and has made detailed recommendations on how these issues can be resolved through reform of the current outdated mining Act. These issues are:
1. Inequities faced by surface rights only land owners,
2. Environmental problems which result from prospecting, mine development and mineral extraction, and
3. The need for land use decision making to be delegated to the local municipalities to enable these municipalities to encourage the type of economic development best suited to their needs.
CTV's W five story, 'Fight for rights' was aired on November 29 at 7 pm.
Frontenac County in South-eastern Ontario is a rocky and rough terrain an hour's drive away from Kingston and Ottawa, yet wild and undisturbed. The beauty of the land is what brought Frank and Gloria Morrison to this area. They thought they had found a little piece of paradise where they could retire.
But two years ago, their dreams suddenly appeared in peril. Working in the woods, Frank noticed a small silver tag on one of his trees. He quickly realized the tag belonged to a prospector.
The deficiencies of the Ontario Mining Act
have gained international attention. See details in these articles.
---Article in New York Times, Sept., 2008
---Article in Financial Times of London, May, 2008
BMA wins support of local groups
Bedford Mining Alert has stepped up its efforts to encourage local stakeholder groups to join them in the battle to reform the Mining Act and level the playing field between landowners and the mining industry. We are pleased that the following groups have offered their official support for the goals of BMA. In numbers there is strength and we are now representing thousands of people on these issues.
As of November 28 2006 the following groups have pledged support:
- Land O'Lakes Tourist Association
- Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
- Algonquin to Adirondack Conservation Association
- Greater Bobs and Crow Lake Cottagers Association
- Friends of the Tay Watershed
- Sunset Shores Peninsula Association
- Knowlton Lakes Cottagers Association
- Wolf Lake Association
- The Frontenac Environmental Partnership
- The Township of South Frontenac
- Buck Lake Association
- Garter Lake Association
- Desert Lake Property Owners Association
- Fourteen Island and Mink Lake Association
- Kennebec Lake Association
- Kashawakamak Lake Cottage Association
- Sharbot Lake Property Owners Association
Letter to the Honourable Rick Bartolucci: November 2006
The BMA has been working on Mining Act reform for seven years. We have raised the profile of the issues through the media and public meetings and have found sympathetic support from people across the province. It is hard for people to believe what prospectors and mining companies are able to do with impunity at the expense of many Ontario landowners and communities.
Up to this point our approach could be described as moderate, polite persistence. We are becoming considerably frustrated though, with a ministry that does not act in a measured way on behalf of all Ontarians and we are feeling less inclined to be polite. We are not about to throw up the barricades but we are stronger than ever, are representing a growing number of people and will in future be more hard hitting in both our dialogue with the minister, his bureaucracy and the media. Below you will find our most recent letter to the honourable minister. Stay tuned!
---Letter to Minister Bartolucci
BMA and Queens University Law students
In the fall of 2005, BMA applied to and began participating in the Queens University Pro Bono Program. The program is part of a Canadian initiative designed to instill in participants a Pro Bono ethic encouraging community volunteer work and to assist them in assessing viable career options. Although not designed to provide legal advice, the research will provide valuable information helpful in improving our understanding of legal nuances connected to our issues.
We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with four law students, two program coordinators and a legal advisor. The students have been researching the history and implications of mining activities on private property in a number of different areas. BMA is fortunate to have such highly skilled and committed volunteers. We look forward to sharing the results with you in the near future.
National Roundtables on Corporate Social Responsibility
Toronto Sept. 13, 2006 presented by Marilyn Crawford