Axle Weight Pilot Project Finished August 26, 2019
The objective of the pilot project was to develop a database that will help standardize the way allowable gross weights and axle weights are collected, stored and used for compliance.
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!

Progressive Rehabilitation Award - Lafarge Canada Inc.

March 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Cook Pit - Township of Sunnidale

Cook Pit’s rehabilitation efforts took place over the 2015 and 2016 seasons and focused on 1.2 hectares of the 15.2-hectare sand and gravel pit. The intent was to reshape and grade the area to match its surroundings. Material was sourced from onsite operations, including the 8,000 cubic meters of overburden and topsoil moved to complete the rehabilitation. Local contractors were hired to complete the sloping and seeding, which included a mixture of rye, fescue and native species. Existing trees were saved to promote native species regeneration.

In total, Cook Pit’s rehabilitation plans were conducted over three areas between 2011 and 2016. Area 1 included the natural regeneration and overgrowth of haul routes, while Area 2 in the southwest portion of the pit required sloping and seeding. Area 3, north of the pit, was completed in 2016.

The Cook Pit, operated by Lafarge Canada Inc. - A Member of LafargeHolcim, in the Township of Sunnidale, earned the 2016 Progressive Rehabilitation Award from OSSGA.

Lafarge Canada Inc. receiving the Progressive Rehabilitation Award for Cook Pit at the 2017 OSSGA Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Presented at OSSGA’s 2017 Annual Conference and AGM in Ottawa, Ontario, the Progressive Rehabilitation Award recognizes ongoing efforts of individual operators in progressively rehabilitating their sites in accordance with their site plans.

“Through LafargeHolcim’s 2030 Plan, Lafarge is committed to providing solutions using sustainable manufacturing practices and improving the environment in and around its operations. Our objective is to minimize the footprint and impact of our operations on the natural habitat,” said Xavier Guesnu, Vice President Aggregates Eastern Canada and ACM Southern Ontario. “We truly appreciate being recognized by OSSGA for our rehabilitation efforts.”

OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program

The OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program recognizes a wide range of activities that contribute to a progressive image of our member aggregate producers and the aggregate industry as a whole. A key goal is to raise the bar in the industry by highlighting operations that go above and beyond what is required by legislation.

“We encourage our members to be sound stewards of the lands on which they operate, and to be engaged and valued members of their community,” said Norm Cheesman, Executive Director of OSSGA. “All of the award winners this year have met and exceeded those expectations.”

Submissions for OSSGA’s Industry Recognition Awards are due in November or at any time of year for the Bronze Plaque. Members are invited to download a copy of OSSGA Industry Recognition Awards Program Guide for full details of submission requirements.

Need some inspiration? Look no further than the 2016 OSSGA Industry Recognition and Student Design Award winners!