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Harris welcomes final report on review of Aggregate Resources Act

November 1, 2013

KITCHENER – Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris welcomed the Report on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act that was tabled at Queen’s Park this week after more than a year of public hearings across the province and extensive analysis conducted by the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on General Government.

“Reviewing the way Ontario handles approving and siting gravel pits remains a major issue of importance for the residents of Woolwich Township. That’s why I played an active role on the committee, travelling across the province to pits and quarries and consulting with Ontarians to develop the solutions that are outlined in the report,” Harris said.

“So I am pleased to see that all of the hard work put into this review process has finally produced some specific recommendations for my constituents. It is now up to the Minister of Natural Resources to tell the people of Ontario which proposals the Liberal government will adopt.”

The report outlines 38 recommendations dealing with a number of issues, including: public consultation, licensing practices, modes of transportation, the promotion of recycled aggregates and site rehabilitation.

The ARA review suffered its first setback when former Premier Dalton McGuinty shut down parliament in 2012. The review resumed this year but hit some delays as the Liberals and the NDP continued to change their parties’ membership on the committee from month to month.

“Only the Ontario PC Caucus showed the commitment and the dedication to see this review process through to the end with the same members,” Harris said. “MPPs Sylvia Jones and Laurie Scott worked with me from start to finish in order to ensure the interests of our constituents were consistently represented throughout the entire process.”

To download a copy of the Report on the Review of the Aggregate Resources Act, click on the following link: http://bit.ly/HyYlfi