Sarah Harmer had just ended a meeting in Prince George, B.C., when she got her lawyer’s message that a decision had been handed down in an eight-year battle to stop a quarry on the Niagara Escarpment near where Harmer grew up.
“I just paced back and forth waiting for him to pick up the phone,” the Juno-award winning singer said Friday. “When I heard, I couldn’t believe it, that it had gone in our favour, I really didn’t know what to expect.”
Harmer has been on a personal mission since 2003, when Nelson Aggregate began seeking approval to mine 30 million more tonnes of limestone adjacent to its existing quarry in the Mount Nemo area of Burlington. Opponents also included the Niagara Escarpment Commission, Conservation Halton, the City of Burlington and other groups.
“I hope this has an impact on other situations,” Harmer said Friday from Burns Lake, B.C., where she is travelling with Nobel laureate Jody Williams in a delegation exploring the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route. “When you believe in something and you act and you work hard on things, they can have positive results.”
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