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Nelson/Lafarge Aggregate plans to blast two more open-pit mines in the heart of Burlington’s precious and unique Niagara Escarpment lands

We Need to Raise A Lot of Money


CORE Burlington needs to raise $75,000 this year—and much more in the future—in order to put together a strong case against this bad idea of yet another quarry on Mount Nemo. We plan to hire technical experts to review and counter the Nelson Aggregate information. Additionally, we will require legal guidance to navigate the many layers of legislative policies and regulations.


We’ve already hired a lawyer: David Donnelly. Mr. Donnelly is the same lawyer who fought and won the last quarry fight on Mt. Nemo in the early 2000’s. We at CORE have the highest confidence in Mr. Donnelly, whom we believe to be the most effective lawyer for taking on the aggregate industry. Nelson LaFarge is a huge multi-national partnership which we assume has deep pockets. During the last quarry fight, which continued for nearly eight years, the local community action group, PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Lands) raised and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to add to the science against more open-pit mining on Mount Nemo.


Nelson's repeated new quarry applications are costing us all a lot of money and property value—not to mention, increasing our anxiety. Nelson Aggregate has already been blasting limestone out of Mount Nemo for nearly seventy years. We at CORE Burlington believe that as a company they've had a good run at profiting from the destruction of the current 540 acres of countryside in north Burlington. We believe the citizens in this area have 'done their time' supporting the aggregate extraction industry. It's time for Nelson to keep their long held promise to stop quarrying at their current site and to allow a lake to form. And definitely, no more new quarries on Burlington's Escarpment lands.


Once It's Gone, It's Gone


The beautiful Escarpment is Burlington's backyard: a green jewel set amidst the urban and suburban sprawl of the GTHA. We need to protect this gem, for ourselves, yes, but even more so, for the coming generations—let's spare them fifty more years of open-pit mining.


Please donate to our ‘fight fund.’ It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that every dollar counts, every dollar encourages. Let’s show Nelson LaFarge Aggregate that we too have deep pockets (and a strong intent) on our side of this fight.

Here's How To Donate


You can make your donation in four ways:

(1) Use our blue button to donate through the Small Change Fund. Donations made through this fund are eligible for a tax receipt.


(2) make an e-transfer to: *

(3) Use the yellow donate button to donate via PayPal.* ​​ 


(4) mail us a cheque, made out to CORE Burlington, and mailed to: CORE. PO Box 20051. Brant Hills PO. Burlington, Ontario L7P 3NO. *

*Donations made via e-transfer, PayPal and/or cheque are NOT eligible for a tax receipt.


We extend to you our heartfelt appreciation for any support you send our way.

Speaking of Heartfelt Appreciation...

As of June 2021:


Hundreds of individuals have donated funds to CORE Burlington, ranging from $20 to over $8000!


We (the volunteers at CORE Burlington) are extremely encouraged by this incredible support from our community: and we mean encouraged in the true sense of the word. This support gives us the courage to continue our David and Goliath fight with the multi-national corporation, Nelson/LaFarge Aggregate. Many many thanks to every one of our donors (so far). This is true grass-roots energy.

We wish to publicly thank some of the many individuals who have made donations to CORE Burlington. We do so only after obtaining their permission to publicize their names. Please note: we will NEVER publicize a donation amount without first obtaining the donor's permission.



Elaine LaChappelle


Judy & David Goodings


Stuart Connolly

Maureen Downey


Marinko & Mira Saric


Gillian & Peter Adams

Lyn Patterson

Maura Romanelli

Mary-Ann Welland

Brian Long


Tibor Terecik


Dr. Jim McCleary

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Now please enjoy the delicate beauty of this fern that lives in the shady places on

Burlington's Escarpment


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