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This not only applies to lofty questions of peace, war and freedom, but also to more ‘down to earth’ issues.
Why are answers to serious questions so elusive?
Let’s consider a few more that come to mind …
There are more then 6,500 pits and quarries in Ontario; when will we have enough?
There is somewhere between 120 to 230 years worth of gravel in our existing pits and quarries; why do we require more?
How is it possible that our Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) inspectors have issued only 8 infractions for an entire year on 6,500 pits?
Are the MNR officials and inspectors just “cheerleaders” for the aggregate industry, or are they servants of the people of Ontario?
If the air in your community contains dust and contaminants that “exceeds the Provincial criterion …” should another toxic dust-emitting pit be allowed to open in your area?
When a new pit is announced, and property tax revenues around that pit drop, who should pay the shortfall – the rest of your town, or the pit operator?
If a pit opens and the housing prices in the area drop a collective $5 million or more, should the aggregate company compensate the owners for their losses?
Does the MNR’s mandate qualify them to manage the processing of recycled materials?
Why would the MNR hire Aggregate Industry-biased consultants to write what should have been the most significant study of aggregates in our province – the “State of the Aggregate Resource in Ontario Study” (SAROS)?
Do you think that hiring Aggregate Industry friends to write SAROS is 1) a major conflict of interest, and 2) taints the entire conclusion of the report?
Why are MNR inspectors performing duties that should be handled by a fully independent agency?
Should pits and quarries be required to produce a minimum percentage of their allocated tonnage every year, or be closed?
When are we going to learn what levels of toxic contaminants are “blowin’ in the wind” from pits and quarries?