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Governments, partners pitch in for rare parking lot, trail upgrades
NORTH DUMFRIES – With $250,000 in funding from the provincial and federal governments and a little help from its friends, officials at the rare Charitable Research Reserve are ready to welcome even more children to its eco education programs this fall… “This is really a great outcome and the community has really come together to help us,” Sobek-Swant explained, crediting the Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (OSSGA), which not only supplied the gravel and stone dust for the new facilities, but provided introductions to other companies that provided in-kind help on the project.

Minister McGarry also commended OSSGA for its contribution to environmental stewardship and community development.


New materials reference handbook now available

Members received their new materials reference handbook in the mail. If you would like to order more copies, please visit the OSSGA website

Industry News

Quarry quarrel: Site expansion plans pit residents against brick company 
A brick manufacturer is dusting off a 44-year-old licence to extend its quarry into a Burlington forest, clear-cutting an estimated 9,000 trees and butting up against residents’ backyards as early as next year. Neighbours and environmental advocates say the expanded operation could jeopardize their health and a sensitive local ecosystem.

Loyalist Township enters disputed quarry
Loyalist Township, backed by the Ontario Provincial Police, moved to enforce a court order to remove stone from a disputed quarry on Amherst Island Monday morning. Township workers and contractors arrived at the quarry on Front Road around 9 a.m., with the OPP and a court order. An arbitrator sided with the township in a ruling in May 2015 and ordered the quarry's owners, Bruce and Sue Caughey, to grant it access to the quarry. The Caugheys were also ordered to pay the township almost $10,500 for costs related to having to transport gravel to the island for road work.


Nortrax announces acquisition of eight equipment Sigma locations in Quebec
Tampa, FL – Nortrax Inc. has announced the acquisition of eight new locations in eastern Quebec, Canada from Equipment Sigma. Nortrax now operates former Sigma locations in Baie-Comeau, Chibougamau, Chicoutimi, Degelis, Mont Joli, St. Augustin, St. Georges and Trois Rivieres adding to their stores in Amos, Brossard, Laval, Mont Laurier and St. Agathe.  


2017/2018 Species at Risk Stewardship Fund - Call for Proposals
RFP Posted:  September 13, 2016. Due Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Applications are now being accepted by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for the 2017/18 Species at Risk Stewardship Fund (SARSF). Applications must be received electronically by 11:59pm / midnight (EST) on Tuesday, October 25, 2016. The 2017/18 SARSF Guidelines and Application Form can be found by following the links on the Ontario Species at Risk website:

Applicants are encouraged to contact species experts, including their local MNRF Biologists/Ecologists, early in the planning process for advice on developing their project proposals. Local MNRF staff can also assist applicants in determining whether an authorization under the Endangered Species Act may be required. For more information, please contact or 705-755-5506

MAAP Rehab Scrapbook:  Township of Hungerford, Hastings County

Large mounds and steep slopes occupied 0.75 ha of the landowner’s pastureland. MAAP was able to remove the mounds and create a gentle 5:1 slope which was seeded with a pasture mix. Check out this amazing transformation by clicking read more below to see the landscape change before your eyes!

Stonesthrow Festival:  September 30 to October 3rd
A celebration of stone, craft and community including: an artisan market, lectures, short courses, and live music. The Willowbank STONESTHROW Stone Festival will celebrate stone and its influence as one of the first and most basic traditional building materials.

This event will bring together carvers, masons, artisans and everyone with a love of stone and traditional building. As a bonus this year there will also be workshops in blacksmithing and lime-plaster – which if you think about it are just stone in another form!


OSSGA Operations Tour - Only 15 spots left
September 21 – 22nd
Oshawa, ON
Register now!
Visit aggregate sites and supplier operations you wouldn’t normally have access to.  This tour welcomes every level of employee in the aggregate industry, whether quarry or pit manager, supplier or government employee.  Full details will be available soon – but mark your calendar now so you are ready to join us in the fall!

Aggregates 101
October 18th
Mississauga, ON  Register here!

November 2nd
Sudbury, ON   Register here!

OSSGA invites you and your staff to attend the Aggregates 101 Training on October 18, 2016.  Space is limited and we often sell out. Content for the training includes the a to z of the business:
Definitions - sand & gravel, quarry, recycled aggregate, products and more; different uses of material; importance of aggregate industry to communities; aggregate licensing; compliance; health and safety; staffing; delivery of product; aggregate processing including stripping, drilling, blasting, crushing and more; quality control and  specifications; controls, obligations and best practices.

Price includes refreshments all day, lunch and copies of handouts.

Registration also open for these upcoming events:
Generic Supervisor Training Course, November 14th, Mississauga

OSSGA Common Core Training, November 17th, Mississauga
Hurry – limited spaces!

Book Your Rooms Early for two great events in 2017!
January 25 – 26, 2017 Operations, Health and Safety Seminar Hotel Room Block at the Marriott Toronto Airport Hotel - $152 a night plus tax.Book here

OSSGA Conference and AGM will be held at the Westin Ottawa, February 15 – 17, 2017.  Come early to enjoy Winterlude, stay later for the family day long weekend! - $199 a night plus tax. Book here


Caledon passes a one-year interim control by-law to prohibit importation of fill into licensed aggregate operations 
The Council for the Corporation of the Town of Caledon (“Town”) passed by-law BL-2016-058 on June 28, 2016, to establish an interim control by-law with respect to lands zoned as Extractive Industrial, certain lands within Niagara Escarpment Plan (NEP), and lands licensed under the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) to permit aggregate extraction (“Subject Lands”). This by-law amends the Town’s Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2006-50, as amended, pursuant to section 38 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.13., as shown on the maps which form part of the by-law. The purpose of By-law BL-2016-058 is to enable the Town to review all applicable issues, establish best practices, and formulate policies and regulations related to commercial fill operations in the Town of Caledon. 

Pre-hearing set for CCOB appeal of gravel pit permits
A pre-hearing is set to continue the process of appealing permits for the use of the County of Brant's water by a Paris gravel pit. On Sept. 22 at 10 a.m., a pre-hearing will take place in County of Brant council chambers on Broadway Street in Paris to begin the legal process for the partial "leave to appeal" granted to both the Concerned Citizens of Brant (CCOB) and the County of Brant by the Environment and Lands Tribunal of Ontario. 

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