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A Municipal Board hearing earlier this fall was the first of its kind under new powers to hear appeals of RM decisions.

Quarry decision a dangerous precedent, say opposition leaders

Government paving the way for party donors to get their way, says Liberal leader

A recent ruling which allowed a quarry to move forward despite repeated denial by the local municipality sets a precedent that “… donors can override democracy and the courts,” says provincial Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont. “It’s a very disturbing precedent,” Lamont told the Co-operator. “It just seems to me that if people want to get

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,

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

Letters: Quarry fight reveals undermining of democracy

In response to letters by Jon Crowson and Ruth Pryzner in the Aug. 6 Manitoba Co-operator: Democracy — It was paid for by the blood and casualties of veterans and those who paid the supreme sacrifice, who now lie in graves in distant lands, far from their loved ones, family and homeland. I am a


The proposed quarry site, currently a sunflower field and abandoned farm site. A barn and a house on the site were demolished this spring.

Letters: The ugly side of Bill 19

Geralyn Wichers needs to be commended for her in-depth reporting on the Lilyfield Quarry controversy. After all that has transpired in the RM of Rosser, one has to wonder what part of “no” the quarry developer has trouble understanding. Now, under Bill 19, we face the prospect of the ruling Conservatives’ proxy, in the form

Letters: Quarry fight reveals Bill 19 undermines representation

The people in the RM of Rosser are experiencing first hand what those who opposed Bill 19 understood was the real purpose of the bill. To reduce people’s ability to protect themselves from certain developments contrary to their interests and for municipal councils to properly represent them. The message is clear. People and their quality

Rosser resident Dave Kaplen speaks on the second day of the hearing, July 28.

Lesson of precedent-setting hearing: ‘Avoid at all costs’

A contentious appeal over a quashed quarry application shows early consultation is key, says Grant Melnychuk of Manitoba Pork

The Manitoba Pork Council is closely watching what is likely a precedent-setting decision from the Municipal Board. On July 27, hearings began in Winnipeg for the appeal of an application of Lilyfield Quarry Inc., which the RM of Rosser denied in late 2018. This followed several application attempts under more than one owner in a