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OSSGA acknowledges government review of ARA report


February 21, 2014
By OSSGA

February 21, 2014, Mississauga, Ont. — The Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel
Association (OSSGA) acknowledges yesterday’s comprehensive government response
to the Report on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act and stands ready to
help implement key recommendations.

February 21, 2014, Mississauga, Ont. — The Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel
Association (OSSGA) acknowledges yesterday’s comprehensive government response
to the Report on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act and stands ready to
help implement key recommendations.

 

Tabled by the Honourable David Orazietti, Minister of
Natural Resources (MNR) in the Ontario Legislature yesterday afternoon, the
Comprehensive Government Response to Standing Committee on General Government’s
Report on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) offers the provincial
government’s initial reaction and next steps on the 38 recommendations made by
the standing committee last October.

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“The response recognizes that we’re a highly-regulated
industry that works hard day-in and day-out to be good stewards of the land and
good neighbours in the communities in which we operate,” said OSSGA CEO Moreen
Miller.

 

However, Miller also notes that is has been almost two years
since the standing committee began its review and Ontario’s transportation,
transit and housing infrastructure needs remain unabated.

 

“That’s why we’re keen to see the recommendations come to
fruition as they balance complex land-use planning issues with the mineral
aggregate policies of the Provincial Policy Statement,” said Miller. “Towards
that end, OSSGA and the Minister of Natural Resources’ office have been working
positively together and look forward to continuing to do so.”

 

The Standing Committee on General Government commenced its
review of the ARA in March 2012, held public hearings across the province and
toured a number of operating and rehabilitated aggregate sites. The all-party
Committee’s report was tabled in the Ontario Legislature on October 30, 2013.

 

The last major revisions to the ARA were made in 1997.