Ontario’s Review of the Aggregate Resource Act …End Game ….

For 2 years the Ontario government has been engaged in a Review of Ontario's Aggregate Resourceshandful of gravel Act. A standing committee of the government was charged with the review and visited a number of Ontario communities to hold public hearings.

The Committee reported its activities and made its recommendations to the Ontario Government in The Standing Committee's Report on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act which came out in September 2013.

Not unexpectedly, activist groups are underwhelmed with the final recommendations. Carl Cosack the community leader who became the hero of the Melancthon Mega Quarry battle felt deeply betrayed by the process.

Along with the responses of many community associations, Gravel Watch, an umbrella organization for aggregate activists, has issued a critique with recommendations which more fully address their concerns - Gravel Watch Ontario ARA Review Report Discussion Paper Feb 5 2014

More recently on February 20th, 2014 the Ontario Government indicated how it plans to proceed with changes that are consistent with the Committee's recommendations in the following document: Comprehensive Government Response to Standing Committee on General Government's Report on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act, February 2014.

Final Act due in late 2014

"Through engagement, we will establish a clear map of the future legislative and regulatory needs for our aggregate resources management framework in Ontario and plan to bring these proposals forward in the fall of 2014." The Hon. David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources