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OSSGA Updates


Norm Cheesman, OSSGA's Executive Director, was a featured speaker at ROMA on January 30.  He provided an update on the various legislative and regulatory issues we are facing in Ontario including information surrounding the aggregate levy.  He and Dennis Lever provided attendees with an update on issues that the joint OSSGA / TAPMO Committee have identified as possible areas for future collaboration (an update will be provided to OSSGA members at this year’s Conference and AGM).

The ROMA tradeshow also provided OSSGA with the opportunity to speak one-on-one with municipal councillors and Mayors from across the province.  Of top concern were issues around the new MPAC assessment methodology and the timing for the increase to the aggregate levy.  Councillors were also very interested in the work that members are doing to return aggregate sites to agriculture.



Safety Top of Mind at OSSGA’s 2017 Operations, Health & Safety Seminar

OSSGA held its annual Operations, Health & Safety Seminar on Jan. 25-26 in Toronto. More than 250 people attended the two-day event, which featured a number of industry speakers, educational sessions and a supplier expo at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel. Among those who spoke at the event was special guest Curtis Weber, who shared his triumph of overcoming a tragic 1999 event on a construction site that forced the amputation of two of his limbs and left him with third- and fourth-degree burns over 60 percent of his body.

Industry News

New Bottled Water Technical Guidance

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change recently released a guidance document that outlines proposed new procedural and technical requirements for bottled water permit renewals. Proposed changes include increased fees, the requirement to include a cumulative impact assessment, new mandatory public and First Nation consultation requirements for all renewals, permit renewal periods of 1-5 years (with a 5-year maximum), and new stringent permit conditions (including the requirement for permit holders to develop and maintain a publicly accessible website to post reports, the permit application, monitoring data and weekly water taking records). Currently the proposed guidance is specific to the bottling water industry, although the MOECC continues to review the PTTW program and its rules – so there is the potential for these changes to impact all groundwater permits in the future.


Inquest into 2014 Quarry Workplace Death Announced

An inquest has been announced into the workplace death of a man who was electrocuted in a Hamilton limestone mine. Joshua Farrell, 29, died on June 25, 2014.  It was reported at the time that a worker employed by Rassaun Steel and Manufacturing in Simcoe was found by co-workers on a second-floor platform inside a facility at the Carmeuse Lime Quarry site in Dundas.


Mexican Cement Maker Poised to Profit from Trump’s Border Wall

U.S. President Donald Trump’s plans to build a Mexican border wall are boosting the prospects of builders and material suppliers from Alabama to Frankfurt, but there may be no bigger winner than a giant cement maker based in Mexico.

Trump Expediting Infrastructure Projects

Yesterday, President Trump signed an executive order that is designed to speed up environmental reviews and fast-track critical infrastructure projects. "We intend to fix our country, our bridges, our roadways," he said at a press event. "We can't be in an environmental process for 15 years if a bridge is going to be falling down…”

Partner Corner


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Top 10 Under 40

Rock to Road Magazine is looking to recognize Canada’s best young workers in the aggregates and road building industries. Building on the success of the 2015 contest, which recognized 10 outstanding individuals who had made significant contributions to the industry before their 40th birthdays, this year’s contest will acknowledge another 10 additional individuals from across Canada.

Nominees can come from anyone who is involved in Canada’s rock to road industry, including business owners and management, contractors, equipment operators, technicians and research and development. Nominations close on March 3, 2017. For more information, e-mail Rock to Road Editor Andrew Snook at:

ORBA Releases Early Tender Calls Advocacy Paper

ORBA has worked with its members to release an advocacy paper showing the clear benefits of early tender calls. The paper incorporates statistical information from public owners on early tender calls and figures on the benefits of overall infrastructure investments. To download a copy of the advocacy paper, please visit ORBA’s website at

2017 Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame Inductees

Silvio Bot (receiving the award posthumously) and Robert Taylor will be inducted into the Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at ORBA’s 90th Convention and Annual General Meeting.

ELRUS Aggregate Systems Appoints Ontario General Manager

Calgary, AB – ELRUS Aggregate Systems, ( announced recently that Christopher Nelson has joined the firm to fill the recently created position of Ontario General Manager based in of the company’s Cambridge, Ontario facility. Nelson brings more than 23 years of experience in the aggregate and mining industry.


OSSGA Conference and AGM
February 15 – 17, 2017, Westin Ottawa. 

Canada’s Story is OSSGA’s Story! OSSGA welcomes its members to Ottawa to celebrate the building of our great nation out of good old-fashioned Canadian aggregate!  As the country commemorates the 150th anniversary of Confederation, OSSGA has created an agenda with a great cast of Canadian industry presenters, keynote speakers and entertainers.  The conference will explore emerging topics including working with the next generation, provide updates on major policy initiatives, enable important networking opportunities as well as skating on the canal, beaver tails and a full on Canadian Sports Party.

The full conference agenda is available here.

Come early to enjoy Winterlude, stay later for the family day long weekend! - $199 a night plus tax. Book your hotel room here, and register for conference by clicking below:

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OSSGA Technical Tour to South Carolina
October 16 – 19, 2017

Don’t forget to get your budget request in now for the OSSGA South Carolina Technical Tour. Sites include the Martin Marietta Berkeley Quarry which extracts limestone by both blasting and using a drag line.  You’ll visit the home of the biggest vertical cement mill in South Carolina, get an inside look at Komatsu’s Newberry Manufacturing Operation which has wheel loader and fork lift assembly lines, and more.    

Space is very limited and on a first-come first-served basis.  Registration is open at a rate of only $2,850 Canadian.  Price includes return flight from Toronto to Charlotte, 3 nights’ accommodations, most meals, transportation in South Carolina, eight site tours and a thrilling outing at the BMW Performance Driving School.  Mark your calendars and watch for registration in December.  Have questions?  Contact Julie Harrington at


Editorial: Answers Deserved on Greenbelt Issue

Last week The News reported there are no changes being approved in the Greenbelt in Grimsby, despite a number of proposed site-specific changes throughout the province. It left town officials frustrated and scratching their heads.

A Greenbelt swap seemed to make sense. The town’s goal was to pitch a slight adjustment in the protected boundary, seeing undevelopable land in the south swapped for land in the west. Not only is there immense growth happening in the west end, but there is a former industrial brownfield essentially sitting there waiting to be redeveloped.

Land Information Ontario (LIO) Open Data Refresh

The refresh of shape files in the LIO Metadata Management tool is now automated. Modified layers will refresh overnight with the exception of the Wetland (refreshed biweekly) and Contour (refreshed only when modified) as these require special handling due to their size. The Data Distribution Catalogue contains the currency dates of all shape files distributed with either the “Open Data” or “Non-commercial Use” licence. This catalogue is updated Monday through Friday. The Open Data Report, accessed from the main page of the LIO Metadata Management tool, will be updated monthly with currency dates for other product and format types. The monthly Open Data Refresh email notification will be discontinued.

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