Brock Aggregates - Tottenham Pit (Palgrave, Town of Caledon)



Confirm:  ID #6677 Class A Licence, pit, 32.7ha, maximum annual capacity 270,000 tonnes, W ½ Lot 26, Conc. 10?


The Tottenham pit started as an unlicenced pit in a farmer’s field more than 50 years ago.  It was licenced in 1987 but has never had to undergo a thorough licencing application to ensure community safety based on current regulations.


Located at 17027 Mount Wolfe Road/Hwy 9 in Palgrave, Town of Caledon, this Brock Aggregates Inc. gravel pit was productive in the 1980s.  The existing licence is for an above water-table gravel pit.  After exhausting the pit, the licence was inactive for years.  However the company recently (2009) applied to amend the siteplan to increase the extraction footprint below and above the water-table, contrary to the original agreement with the community, which promised to turn the site into estate residential lots.  In addition the company has proposed changes to it’s progressive and final rehabilitation plan, allowing the below-water-table site to revert to a lake once exhausted.


The site should be subject to Oak Ridges Moraine legislation.


Local residents consider their water and property values at stake.


Residents’ Contacts:

Cheryl Connors, Protect Caledon Inc.

Mike McGarrell



New Tecumseth, Caledon & King (NTCK) Citizens for Clean Water



Brock Contacts:

Pat Lamanna, VP Brock Aggregates Inc., VP G & L Group, Senior VP 693316 Ontario Ltd.

Dominic Suppa, Chief Financial Advisor 693316 Ontario Ltd.

G & L Group owns Brock Aggregates




Status Update – 6-Sep-2016 (as per Friends of Pitsense)


Despite frequent and vociferous objections by community residents, the recent major site plan amendment for the Tottenham Pit was quietly approved in June 2015 without notice given to community representatives. It was only much later the same year that a resident inadvertently discovered that an approval had been granted months earlier. The Mayor and Councillors initially denied knowledge of the approval. It was only later when evidence surfaced that they had been notified in June that they admitted to the facts.
More recently still, residents learned that discussions have been underway to explore turning the site into a commercial fill operation. Our Town officials have been reluctant to disclose any details about these discussions. It appears that Brock Aggregates is affiliated with a number of other companies, some of which seem to be engaged in waste disposal and similar activities. Recent happenings at the site – license conditions not being followed (particularly around dust mitigation, noise and hours of operation), persistent noise from back-up beepers and other heavy equipment disturbing residents, internal roads construction, major dust storms blanketing neighbouring homes and causing respiratory distress, tree removal, destruction of swan nests, and a large multi-acre fire – have only served to increase the levels of concern.
On August 8, 2016 a ‘Public Liaison Committee’ (PLC) meeting was held (a requirement of the license), from which members of the community who wanted to observe were barred and forced to leave despite the fact that the terms of reference drafted by the Town of Caledon and formally approved by Council state that “Members of the public may attend to observe committee meetings.” It appears that the operator, without approval of the PLC, arbitrarily removed that clause.
It also appears that the selection process for appointing PLC members was not followed as stipulated in the draft terms of reference;
“Residents or representatives of groups who are interested in being appointed to the PLC may apply to the Town of Caledon and the Town Council shall appoint such members.” [From Town of Caledon DP-2015-08, emphasis added]
The PLC is simply not what was anticipated by either the residents or the Town and appears to be destined to not serve its intended purpose of an open and transparent bridge between the public and the pit operators. The draft terms of reference state that the operators should “… establish and maintain a good working relationship among the pit operator, the residents living in the vicinity of the site and the regulatory agencies”. However, at the August meeting company representatives yelled at residents who had arrived at the meeting to observe and threatened to sue them as they were removed. It was an extremely frightening experience for the residents.
Neighbourhood residents are extremely frustrated and some fear for their safety. In addition to various intimidating tactics utilized by the MNRF and the pit owners, residents are distressed that Town of Caledon and Ministry officials are stonewalling, failing to respond, misleading them and failing to represent their best interests.
There are many more details available. A large file of related information has been compiled, including pictures and recordings. PitSense believes a prompt, thorough and independent investigation is in order.




Petition: (closed)





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Orangeville Citizen

Green Party speaks out on Tottenham Pit expansion

Bill Rea

- Mike Schreiner, Nancy Urekar


Caledon Enterprise

Residents shocked to learn Tottenham pit approved in May

Matthew Strader

- application approved May 19, township notified June 12



MNRF approves siteplan amendment

- no EBR posting …


Caledon Enterprise

Ministry of Natural Resources says fuel spill at Tottenham Pit is old

Matthew Strader


Caledon Citizen

Town calling for well testing near Tottenham Pit

Bill Rea


Stone Cold Truth

Blog:  Stinky Business

Status update


Parties involved in Tottenham Pit contradict and go quiet

Matthew Strader


Fuel spill at Tottenham Pit worries residents

Matthew Strader


Caledon Enterprise

Letter: Ministry should deny pit application

Richard Whitehead, Regional Councillor Ward 3 & 4, Town of Caledon


Caledon Enterprise

Resident advised to boil well water

Matthew Strader, Tottenham pit


Caledon Citizen

Residents vent their anger over Tottenham Pit

Bill Rea, Brock Aggregates


Caledon Enterprise

MPP responds to Tottenham Pit critics

Matthew Strader, other aggregate proposal, Sylvia Jones, Palgrave residents


Caledon Enterprise

Aggregate advocate shocked by Tottenham Pit

Matthew Strader

- Gravel Watch, Helen Purdy


Caledon Enterprise

LTE: History of the Tottenham pit

Richard Paterak, Regional Councillor, Ward 1 Town of Caledon



Brock applies for siteplan amendment to extract to the full limit of the licence





Pit ownership becomes Brock Aggregates





Pit is depleted and site becomes inactive





Dufferin Aggregates purchases operation





Below-water-table extraction begins – siteplan amendment application





ARA licence application & official plan/re-zoning applications submitted


-        above water-table extraction

-        Gormley Sand & Gravel




Link to other large-scale fill issues



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Disclaimer: This information has been compiled through private amateur research for the purpose of allowing the reader to make an informed and educated decision.  However, while the information is believed to be reliable, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.








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