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Gravel pit operators near Thunder Bay to now follow Ontario legislation January 8, 2016
Gravel pit operators in the Lappe area, north of Thunder Bay, now have to abide by Ontario's Aggregate Resources Act. The new provincial regulations came into affect on January 1, 2016. Property owners wanted the act extended to Gorham and Ware townships because pit operators in the area had virtually no rules to follow.
Halton Hills mayor pushes for provincial action on truck traffic December 2, 2015
Mayor Rick Bonnette is taking his push for provincial action on local truck traffic one step further. The head of Halton Hills council received unanimous support from his colleagues Monday evening on a motion that asks Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca to prioritize a long-term solution for truck traffic impacting Halton Hills by placing it on the Southern Highways Program— the ministry's five-year investment plan for highway construction.
Paris group to appeal Dufferin water-taking permit November 9, 2015
A grassroots group opposed to the opening by Dufferin Aggregates of a gravel pit north of Paris says it will appeal a decision by the Ministry of the Environment to grant the company a water-taking permit and an environmental compliance approval.
Ontario mismanaging its water, environmental commissioner says November 3, 2015
A new report from the environmental commissioner of Ontario documents startling shortcomings in the way the province protects water, one of its most valuable resources. "Our report notes that most water users still pay nothing for water, including agriculture, municipalities, the sand and gravel industry, golf courses, and so on," Ellen Schwartzel told reporters Tuesday.
McNab Braeside Mayor pleased with ruling on Miller Quarry November 3, 2015
The long and arduous path that the disagreement between Miller's Quarry in McNab-Braeside, at least three previous councils and landowners has taken - may finally be over. The Ontario Municipal Board has ruled that the setback between the gravel pit and residential properties must be 300 metres from the property line, not the homes. Even more importantly, the OMB has denied Millers permission to install a permanent asphalt plant on the pit property. Township Mayor Tom Peckett says he is pleased with the outcome.
Several trucks grounded after north Durham safety blitz October 28, 2015
Several trucks were taken off the road after a surprise safety blitz caught truckers unaware in north Durham. Durham Regional Police, the OPP and the Ministry of Transportation were all on hand in Scugog for a commercial motor vehicle enforcement blitz on Oct. 21.
OSSGA Comments on Conservation Authorities Act Review October 27, 2015
Conservation authorities (CA) play an important role in reviewing aggregate licence applications throughout the province. As such, it is vital that the CAA reflect the scope of the work done by conservation authorities and provide specific instruction on the roles and responsibilities of CAs in relation to the aggregate licensing process. Read OSSGA's response to MNRF's discussion paper here.
Aggregate company ready to expand operations in Clearview Township October 23, 2015
On Oct. 22, company officials cut the ribbon to an 87-metre long tunnel about 50 metres below County Road 91 that will soon link Walker's Duntroon quarry to its expansion on the north side of the road.
LafargeHolcim merger completed July 15, 2015
Holcim Ltd and Lafarge S.A. have completed their global merger and have launched LafargeHolcim. All conditions for the completion of the merger have been fulfilled following the successful completion of the public exchange offer and the issuance of new Holcim shares to Lafarge shareholders.
Should aggregate company reps be on committee? June 17, 2015
As work by the township's new gravel committee forges ahead, some members of council are having second thoughts about the committee's membership. During council's June 1 meeting, Coun. Rod Rolleman questioned the reasoning behind having representatives of the aggregate industry who aren't township residents on the controversial committee.

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