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.

OSSGA Releases Environmental Legal Register

May 24, 2017 at 1:27 PM

OSSGA has developed an environmental legal register to help our members maintain compliance with federal and provincial environmental legal requirements (legislation, regulations, standards and guidelines) that impact the operation of pits and quarries in Ontario. The register is an excel table and contains headings with appropriate filters so you can easily search for the categories (e.g.  water taking, endangered species, air and noise) applicable to your operations. The register also contains a high-level description of additional legislative requirements (i.e. permitting and planning) related to environmental aspects.

This environmental legal register complements OSSGA’s Environmental Management Guide for Pits and Quarries and Best Management Practices (developed in 2016) to help you accomplish your site specific environmental goals, programs and procedures.

The register will also be available in the Members Area of our website. If you have any questions regarding the legal register, please contact Ashlee Zelek at azelek@ossga.com. If you have any questions regarding access to the Members Section, please contact Eva DaSilva at edasilva@osssga.com.
 
Please note that the information contained in this legal register is intended as general information only and is not intended to serve as a replacement for professional or legal advice. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and completeness, OSSGA is not responsible for the results of any actions taken on the basis of the information collected in this register, or interpretation of the legislation and regulations applicable to your operations. The register is current as of the date referenced; OSSGA will provide updates to this register annually.