Bolton – Lori Holloway, the Ontario Liberal candidate for Dufferin-Caledon, has confirmed today that the Ontario Liberal Party will commit to a review of the Aggregate Resources Act.
“Our review will help move Ontario forward on both environmental protection and clearer policies that will support the industry and protect communities.” said Lori Holloway.
Ontario Liberals will review The Aggregate Resources Act — the law that regulates the licencing and operations of aggregate pits and quarries across Ontario. The review will identify where pits and quarries will be allowed to operate. It will balance environmental, community and economic concerns and take into account best practices from other regions.
“We want to work together with the community and the aggregate industry to make sure future quarries align with the expectations of Ontarians,” said Holloway. “That’s why we’ll work with industry experts and community members to protect the environment and plan effectively where aggregate should be planned for in the future.”
The review will draw upon research conducted through the 2010 State of the Aggregate Resource in Ontario Study (SAROS), and consultations with stakeholders. It will also build on new voluntary initiatives that have brought together environmental and industry players.
“This is another significant example of the different it makes when Dufferin-Caledon has a strong voice speaking up for our communities. PC candidate Sylvia Jones has been indecisive on her position. I have been the strongest voice on this issue for the riding, and pleased with this commitment by the Premier and the Ontario Liberal Party.”
“We have an Environmental Assessment on the Highlands Melancthon quarry application which will be beneficial in the short term; we now have a commitment to review the ARA to assist the province in dealing with long-term environmental issues, and the ever-growing demand of aggregate in Ontario. Dufferin-Caledon needs my voice at Queen’s Park to best represent our community in this review, and to ensure this review is done right.”
“My position has been clear from day one, a review of the ARA is necessary in order to keep policies current and better aligned with today’s high environmental and industrial standards. If elected, I will continue to push for a moratorium on quarry applications whereby quarries cannot be built on class 1, 2 or 3 agricultural land, unmapped watersheds, or quarries that extend below the water table until the ARA review is complete.”
Under the last PC government, Ontario was one of the worst places in North America for environmental safety. The Hudak PCs would take us backwards — their $14 billion hole would mean deep cuts to environmental protection.
The Horwath NDP has turned its back on the environment — their priority would be to subsidize gas-guzzlers and they have consistently failed to support our progressive environmental initiatives like the Endangered Species Act, the Far North Act and the cosmetic pesticides ban.…