No Mill in Goodwood!

$15,800 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 3 months
Created February 19, 2019
Goodwood Conservation Association
on behalf of Goodwood Conservation
We are a large group of citizens deeply concerned about a proposal to build an industrial scale grain-processing mill in Goodwood.  Our group is called the Goodwood Conservation Association and we are residents from all the neighbourhoods of Goodwood and across the Township of Uxbridge.  We want to save our hamlet from inappropriate industrial development.  We have over 150 members dedicated to this cause.

Goodwood is a small rural community of about 700 people nestled on an environmentally sensitive area called the Oak Ridges Moraine.  This area is protected from unbridled development, especially industrial-scale development. Yet this mill has been foisted on our community using a loophole in the law.  The proposal calls for the mill to be built on rural land, close to residential neighbourhoods, schools and next to sensitive farms.  We are standing up and saying no to this proposal, but we need help.  The odds are against us, but we aim to upend the odds and stop this proposal.

We are not against business.  But we think this business is not right for our community.  We are pushing for the company to locate in one of the industrial parks in the Township of Uxbridge or elsewhere in Durham.

Uxbridge Council voted to approve the re-zoning of the property and issued formal notice to the Town on April 16, 2019.  Unless residents file an appeal to the decision before May 6, 2019, planning and construction of the mill will begin.   

Our strenuous objections and loud voices are now not enough to stop this mill.  We now need to raise significant funds for the legal fight ahead of us.  To have a credible appeal submitted, we need to a hire an experienced Municipal Planning Lawyer and an expert Municipal Planner to help win this fight.  Please consider donating to our cause and sending a message to Town Hall.   Together, we can win.   

Our funds are being held with the Royal Bank branch in Uxbridge.  We track all donations, and any funds left over will be refunded on on pro-rata basis to every individual donor. 

For more information and recent news,  please visit our No Mill in Goodwood  website.

See the National Post story about the mill fight: The menace of Elgin Pond: Witch's hair entangles small town in fight over proposed mill. Share it with your friends and family!
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Time is Running Out: We need MORE Donations for a Lawyer! Help Spread the Word.

Thanks to all who have donated so far. It is a small group with big hearts and generous donations, to help fight for Goodwood! They have provided funds for us to hire an Expert Planner. $11,000 of our funds have already been ear-marked for the Planner to help write our appeal. We are left with very little to hire a Lawyer.

Please help spread the Word to your neighbours and friends to help us raise more Funds. We need to make a decision by this Sunday night (May 5th), on our legal strategy.

Together, we will win!
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GoFundMe Administrative Update:

Thanks again to all those who have donated! We are getting closer to our goal! This past week of Apr 26, we have hired an Expert Planner and paid their initial deposit. We are now close to signing a experienced Municipal Lawyer to fight for us. Conrad will have more updates in his newsletter.

We have recently transferred the "Campaign Organizer" contact details on GoFundMe from Conrad Richter, President, Goodwood Conservation Association, to me, David O'Leary, Treasurer, Goodwood Conservation Authority. All funds are eventually transferred to our RBC Community Bank Account named "Goodwood Conservation Assc" in Uxbridge. I am the signing authority for the Community Bank Account, and we making this administrative name transfer here, to keep better track of all donations from GoFundMe, Interac e-transfer and Cheques which all flow to the bank account, and to follow good management practices of separation of duties on our Executive Committee.

-David O'Leary
Conrad or me can be reached at our contact email on the main No Mill site or here through GoFundMe

Together, we WILL win!
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$15,800 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 3 months
Created February 19, 2019
Goodwood Conservation Association
on behalf of Goodwood Conservation
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