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Municipal board members (L to R) Rick Borotsik, Tom Raine and George Orle hear evidence at an appeal hearing in August.

Quarry decision sets lasting precedents

Appeals to the Municipal Board will be treated as fresh hearings, meaning local governments will have to make their case

The recent tribunal which approved the contentious Lilyfield Quarry may have set a precedent that will put local governments at a disadvantage. The appeal of a decision to reject the project by the RM of Rosser was the first of its kind under the newly expanded mandate of the Manitoba Municipal Board. New provisions in

A long-contentious quarry project in the RM of Rosser is going ahead following a precedent-setting decision by the Municipal Board under its newly expanded mandate as an appeal body.

Provincial tribunal rules contentious quarry can proceed

Province has done what needs to be done to provide affordable aggregate to taxpayers, says owner

[UPDATE: Oct. 8, 2020] After over a decade of dispute, a limestone quarry is under construction at Lilyfield in the RM of Rosser. Owner Colleen Munro expressed relief and satisfaction — “… can I say finally?” she told the Co-operator — while nearby residents were decidedly displeased. “Where is the justice here?” wrote Karen Kaplen,


Trump issues permit for Alaska-to-Alberta railway

Washington | Reuters — U.S. President Donald Trump has issued a presidential permit for a private-sector proposal to build a railway from northeastern Alberta’s oil sands to ports in Alaska, a project that still faces numerous hurdles. Trump said over the weekend on Twitter he would issue the permit, which he signed on Monday but

Quarry site owner Colleen Munro speaks during the hearings in late July.

Provincial tribunal rules quarry can proceed in precedent-setting case

Construction of the contentious Lilyfield Quarry will go forward under stringent conditions

A limestone quarry will be built at Lilyfield in the RM of Rosser the Municipal Board has ruled in what has been called a precedent-setting decision. Lilyfield Quarry Inc. and owner Colleen Munro are the first to appeal under changes to the Planning Act made in 2018. The changes allow aggregate quarry owners to appeal

Rosser residents (left to right) Florence McCoy, Brynn Kaplen and Val Gough say they’re frustrated and angry that Lilyfield Quarry can appeal its application to the Municipal Board.

Quarry battle raises fears over municipal autonomy

The residents of Lilyfield worry the province’s desire for cheap aggregate will supersede their desire for peace and quiet

It’s a sunflower field at the moment. Foot-high plants wave in the summer sun beneath “no trespassing” signs — a lot of signs for an ordinary farmer’s field. “Live watch security,” they say. Kitty-corner, Florence McCoy’s yard is quiet, but for singing birds and the odd car driving past. She’s lived on that yard since



Brandt buys GeoShack’s Ontario business

Deal makes equipment firm the exclusive Topcon dealer for Canada

Farm, forestry and construction equipment maker Brandt is about to buy itself a lock on the market for Topcon GPS equipment in Canada. The Regina-based Brandt Group announced Wednesday it has reached a deal to buy the assets of GeoShack Canada Co. and the Canadian assets of Inteq Distributors, both owned by Dallas-based Ultara Holdings.

Pulse weekly outlook: Manitoba pea plant construction continues

MarketsFarm — Work continues on Roquette’s pea processing plant at Portage la Prairie, Man., where the French plant-protein firm says measures have been taken to meet health and safety regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. “Beginning in early March we proactively started collaborating with contractors on COVID-19 prevention measures, such as increased cleaning of communal spaces


CNH to list truck and bus business in break-up

Milan | Reuters — Industrial vehicle maker CNH Industrial has decided to split in two and list its truck, bus and engine division in an effort to boost asset values and streamline its businesses. The plan comes just six years after CNH Industrial was created when Fiat Industrial — spun off from the Italian carmaker

Sidewalks a mess? Cycling scary? CAA wants to know

CAA’s Worst Roads campaign for 2018 has expanded and wants Manitobans to vote for the worst stretch of local sidewalk or unfriendly bike corridor too

CAA wants to hear about your worst road — and now for the first time it’s interested in subpar sidewalks and bad bike paths too. It’s all part of its annual spring campaign — coinciding with pothole season — to highlight the state of Manitoba’s transportation infrastructure. “A number of the worst roads from past