Stakeholder groups not invited to Ontario’s aggregate reform summit
MNRF Minister John Yakabuski
News release from the North Dufferin Agriculture and Community Taskforce March 21 2019
The Ontario government has introduced another threat to moraines, water protection and perhaps the Green Belt.
John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forests is holding a “Summit on Aggregate Reform” , March 29, 2019 in Caledon, with Industry Partners, Municipal and Indigenous Leaders.
The location has not been disclosed nor have stakeholders been invited.
The Ontario Sand Stone and Gravel Association (OSSGA) have put forward their plan called, “Untangling Red Tape: Helping Make Ontario Open For Business”.Untangling Red Tape – OSSGA
The OSSGA report includes recommendations to either remove aggregate land use decisions from the Niagara Escarpment Commission (NEC) or that the government should even reconsider the requirement for the NEC itself.
The OSSGA report also suggests there is no need to protect the habitat of species at risk because the species may be harmed by factors other than a loss of habitat.
It would appear the OSSGA” Untangling Red Tape” document is unbalanced and appears to serve to make the industry more profitable, not reducing red tape.
Please sign the Wellington Water Watchers petition calling on Minister John Yakabuski to open the Aggregate Summit to all stakeholders