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On the 25th of September 1974, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) decided in favour of a license application by Dufferin Aggregates for a gravel pit near Paris Ontario. The proponents used an argument that there was a “deficiency of supply”, a “market demand” for the product, and “a critical shortage of sand and gravel pits in the Province”. Experts testified that there was an “impending crisis of supply” and that without the proposed extraction, “within 15 to 20 years all available materials would be exhausted”.
The plan put forth by Dufferin was to extract between 800,000 to 1,000,000 tonnes per year, with progressive rehabilitation, which would result in an estimated life for the operation of between 30 to 40 years, at the end of which time “the total property would be restored for agricultural use”.
The OMB believed these claims and promises, and the license was granted.
So, what’s wrong with this picture?
Today it is 38 years later, and only now is Dufferin moving to begin extraction of the resource.
Does this suggest that the applicants misled the OMB back in 1974? That the fear of a critical shortage was unwarranted and overblown? That having the same dogma entrenched in the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) to this day amounts to perpetuating a lie?
It sure looks like it!
Over the years, going back at least to 2004 and perhaps beyond, numerous submissions and recommendations have been made suggesting that the PPS clause stating there shall be ‘no requirement to demonstrate need’ should be dropped.
Those recommendations have been totally ignored!
As we’ve stated before, reputable experts have calculated that aggregates sufficient for between 1 and 2 CENTURIES of supply can be obtained from existing sources, without licensing any more pits!
Are our politicians, bureaucrats, and Ministries still being lied to? Can YOU believe it?
Isn’t it high time our representatives began representing US!