TEMPLATE Letter for Members to Use to Submit Responses to ERO Posting on Growth Plan February 13, 2019
The government has submitted a proposal to make Modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans) made under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to implement the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. OSSGA has made the point to the government that the current policy framework is not working. Approvals for new mineral aggregate operations in Southern Ontario are taking up to 10 years to complete the process. There are too many overlapping policies and inconsistent approaches between the Provincial Plans, Regional Official Plans, Local Official Plans and Conservation Authority policies regarding the management of this essential non-renewable resource.
Specification Alert February 6, 2019
Please be advised that there have been changes made to Aggregate Specifications for OPSS 1002, April 2018. This revised specification has been included in several MTO tender documents recently, most notably MTO Contract #2018-2024, Hwy 400 & Hwy 89 Interchange, Closing Feb. 14, 2019 and has raised concerns with many suppliers.
Avenues Winter 2019 Issue Now Available! February 5, 2019
The newest Winter 2019 issue of Avenues Magazine is now available online!
2019 Active & Associate Member Applications Are Now Available! February 1, 2019
2019 Active & Associate Member Applications to the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association are now available. Visit ossga.com/why_join_ossga to apply!
Securing Access to Stone, Sand & Gravel: OSSGA's Recommendations for Securing Close-to-Market Aggregate January 30, 2019
Ensuring Economic Growth and Future Greenspace in the Greater Golden Horseshoe
Revised Sample Safety Data Sheets (SDS) Now Available for OSSGA Members January 18, 2019
Under the Federal Government's amended WHMIS legislation, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) have been renamed Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
Seeking Volunteers for OSSGA’s 2019 Student Design Competition November 6, 2018
OSSGA is looking for a pit or quarry to serve as the host site for the 2019 Student Design Competition. Members must have a geo-referenced computer drawing of the final rehabilitation plan, PDF copies of your site plans, and be required to provide multiple tours for participating students. The program challenges Ontario university and college students to put their design skills to work by creating a rehabilitation design that maximizes the opportunities that the site will offer.
OSSGA Comments on Media Coverage of TARBA's Report on Recycling November 2, 2018
TVO published an analysis of TARBA's recent report on the use of recycled aggregate in Ontario's municipalities. OSSGA's Norm Cheesman comments.

Bill 39 in Final Stages! OSSGA Presents to Justice Committee

March 8, 2017 at 1:20 PM

OSSGA Executive Director, Norman Cheesman, and Dave Hanratty, Director of Land & Resources with CBM Aggregates presented OSSGA’s recommended revisions to Bill 39 to the Justice Committee at Queen’s Park on February 23rd.

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Bill 39 is enabling legislation that will provide new powers to the Minister of MNRF and set the stage for new regulations at a later date. OSSGA had submitted its 28 recommendations in November, and outlined three in particular to the committee at the hearing. OSSGA noted:

  • Section 62.4 would give the Minister new authority to direct existing licences to conduct and submit new studies. OSSGA argued that safeguards protecting the environment and other concerns are already in place and that this new authority would have the result of putting existing assets in danger of being sterilized, ultimately undermining a producer’s ability to properly value its assets.
  • That Section 71 be amended to not include recycled aggregate in the tonnage limits – and that the wording be clear that it is material extracted from the site vs. removed from the site that is counted in the limit.
  • Section 3.1 which speaks to Aboriginal consultation be amended to remove the word ‘adequate’ in relation to the required consultation. This amendment was recommended as it felt that the term ‘adequate consultation’ would enshrine something in legislation that is not well defined.

OSSGA also provided the Committee and Ministry staff with line-by-line recommendations on changes to the legislation. A copy of OSSGA’s submission and the detailed recommendations are available by clicking read more below.

A second day of hearings is scheduled for today (March 2nd), after which we expect the Bill to move to 3rd reading in the Legislature fairly quickly.

For more information please visit: http://ossga.com/aggregate_resources_act/