Harris travels to Ottawa, Sudbury for ARA hearings

July 16, 2012

OTTAWA — Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris continues to play a key role in the review of the Aggregate Resources Act – travelling as a voting member of the General Government Committee across the province to hear from local officials, residents and stakeholders.

Today, Harris joined the Committee in Ottawa to tour several different quarries before participating as one of three PC Committee members at a public hearing on the ARA.

“The best way to understand an issue is to see it for yourself,” Harris said. “You just can’t get a solid grasp on something like aggregate extraction sitting in a committee room in Toronto. That’s why ever since the review was first announced, I worked hard to ensure that the Committee would travel across the province to tour local aggregate sites and hear from interested municipalities, residents and industry representatives,” Harris said.

“After a lot of hard work, PC Committee members and I were successful in bringing the review to Kitchener-Waterloo and to other locations across the province.”

Today, the Committee will tour the following sites in the Ottawa area:

  • Bearbrook Quarry, located in National Capital Commission Greenbelt, surrounded by three neighbourhoods;
  • Watson Pit, an abandoned pit without rehabilitation;
  • Bank Street Pit, an abandoned pit without rehabilitation; and,
  • Lakeland Estates, a residential development on a former gravel pit.

Tomorrow, the Committee will travel to Manitoulin Island to tour a quarry for 45 minutes before heading back to Sudbury to hold a public hearing at the Radisson Hotel.

“After the public hearings are completed, I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to draft the final Committee report on the Aggregate Resources Act, which will then be tabled in the House,” Harris said.