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So they set up special committees to review the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) and Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), announced ‘public hearings’ and asked for citizen input, appearing as if they would seriously consider all submissions, and make revisions accordingly.
Some people happen to have spent a couple of decades studying the issues and are as close to being an ‘expert’ as can be. So they asked to appear before the ARA committee to make an oral presentation, and made written submissions.
Were they invited to appear or were they ignored?
They were ignored.
There were several more hearings scheduled so they politely asked once again.
Again they were ignored.
Did those in charge really want to hear from knowledgeable people, or just from those they might agree with, or who can more easily be dismissed?
We may never know.
The hearings are finished and the committee is supposed to be carefully considering all the submissions, both oral and written, that were put before it.
But our Premier and his party have abandoned ship, taken the whole crew with him, and sunk the good ship ‘Legislature’.
So – What is happening to all the recommendations submitted in these two reviews?
– What is being done to remedy the many current problems with the way the current ARA is being administered by the Ministry of natural Resources (MNR)?
– What is being done to head off the threat that existing pits and quarries might be used as industrial recycling plants and potentially toxic landfills?
– What is being done to expose the distortion contained in the SAROS reports, where it suggests we are in the midst of an aggregate crisis.
– What is being done about questionable or non-existent justification for the industry-biased ‘close to market’ and ‘no questions allowed regarding need’ provisions of the current PPS?
– How can we protect ourselves from erosion of the Oak Ridges Moraine Act, Greenbelt Regulations, and Niagara Escarpment legislation that might permit ever more aggregate to be mined in these ‘protected’ areas?
In short, how can we get our high-priced ‘representatives’ to go back to work and actually earn their keep?