The Ontario government has tabled its response to the review of the Aggregate Resources Act and there is some encouraging news within the document’s pages. Last fall, there was widespread disappointment in the report issued by the Standing Committee on General Government following its 2012 public hearings into the outdated and flawed legislation. Despite the excellent recommendations from a long list of agricultural stakeholders to protect Ontario’s rarest agricultural soils and source water regions from aggregate operations, the Committee ignored those suggestions. Instead it focused on the sketchy scenario of rehabilitating pits and quarries to agriculture after extraction. Once again, it appeared aggregate had trumped agriculture.
You can read the entire report here:
Local Food Connects Us to the Land
Food & Water First is the cover story of the latest issue of Horizon Travel & Lifestyle magazine! It features a touching and powerful essay by environmentalist David Suzuki. He reminds us that we must protect our most “precious assets – food and water – ahead of short-term economic gain.”