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Minister McGarry joins OSSGA and other partners to celebrate opening of new parking lot and trail
The Rare Charitable Research Reserve, located in North Dumfries, offers the community and future generations a diverse network of connected natural areas.   RARE set out to create a model for restoration and stewardship that promotes environmental sustainability, and demonstrates to others how economic and ecological development can occur at the same time. But they had a problem.  Without a larger parking lot, the centre was limited in the number of school groups that could visit the site.  OSSGA members, Conestoga College, the Ontario Trillium Foundation plus a host of companies came together to solve the problem! Who would have thought that a simple parking lot could be the foundation of learning. Today, there are 42 more parking spaces and school buses can now safely turn around.


OSSGA staff announcement

OSSGA is sorry to advise you that Cynthia Robinson has announced her resignation as OSSGA’s Manager – Environment & Education effective September 16th.  Cynthia has been with OSSGA for almost 6 years and has been a real asset to the industry providing assistance and expertise to the many projects and issues she has had on her plate.  Cynthia will take up a role in the new year with Africa Inland Mission, a Christian charity that works in 22 countries of Africa.  She’ll be working in Madagascar, coordinating volunteer placements for individuals providing medical and educational training to the local population.  We will miss Cynthia and wish her well!  A search for her replacement will get underway immediately.  If you know of any interested candidates, the posting will be on OSSGA’s website very soon.

Industry News

High-quality, crushed aggregate demand is increasing, particularly in southern Ontario
The projection for Ontario’s consumption of aggregates is forecast to average about 186 million tonnes per year over the next 20 years, 13% higher than in the past 20 years. Although crushed stone currently accounts for less than half of the primary aggregate consumed, the expectation is for demand to continue to increase over the next 20 years as new construction standards specify higher quality stone (Altus Group Economic Consulting 2010). For example, specifications for highways with speeds in excess of 80 km per hour, are for premium surface course mixes which provide adequate frictional resistance and resist rutting. These require 100% premium coarse and fine aggregates, such as crushed trap rock.

Recycled Aggregate is good as, if not better, than natural
OK Builders Supplies Ltd. of Kelowna, B.C. is working on producing a mix design for concrete that contains recycled aggregate. "We're still in the development stage and we don't have anything to sell yet," said operations manager Neil Davis. "We hope to have a commercial product later in 2016 or in 2017.  Recycled aggregate is as good as, if not better than, natural aggregate," Davis said. "It has similar strength, plus some cementitious elements that regular aggregate doesn't have."


Council funds support the Concerned Residents Coalition (CRC) at the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing
“I can understand that this is controversial but ... the decision was that the people ... potentially impacted by the quarry are the folks in Rockwood,” White said. “Now I realize the quarry’s on the Sixth Line and I realize those people are ... beside it ... but the concerns ... for some folks (is) the edge of the quarry where they’ll be blasting is 1,000 feet from their backyard or their back door ... and those are back doors in Rockwood.”


Man, 24, believed to have drowned in Kingston, Ont., quarry: police
Police have released the identity of a 24-year-old man believed to have drowned in a quarry in Kingston, Ont., on Sunday. They say the body of Tylor Salter of Kingston was recovered on Monday. Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the quarry on Sunday afternoon to investigate a suspected drowning. Investigators say witnesses reported a man had gone underwater, but did not surface and had not been seen for approximately 10 minutes by the time first responders arrived.

Environmental Bill of Rights Postings

EBR#012-8468    Discussion Document for Developing an Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy for Ontario
Proposal Posted:  August 29, 2016.  Comments due: November 27, 2016
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is developing an Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy. Specifically, OMAFRA is seeking feedback on a Discussion Document that outlines a draft vision, goals and objectives for the strategy. Healthy agricultural soils are essential in order to ensure ongoing productivity and competitiveness in Ontario’s agri-food sector as well as food security for the province and the world. Both security of food supply and nutritional quality of foods can, in part, be influenced by soil health. Soil health, climate change, water quality and food security are all linked together. These issues all reflect our need to evolve toward a sustainable and low-carbon economy. The soil strategy will support agricultural soil management practices that provide economic, environmental and social benefits to Ontario.

EBR #012-8249   Building a Wildlife Management Strategy for Ontario: Discussion Paper
Proposal Posted:  August 19, 2016.  Comments due: November 17, 2016
Ontario’s wildlife provides ecological, cultural, recreational and economic benefits to all Ontarians, and is a key component of the province’s rich biodiversity. Many influences affecting wildlife and their habitat operate at broad scales. Environmental factors, including climate change, cause complex and cumulative impacts on wildlife. To ensure Ontario is well placed to address broad scale pressures facing wildlife populations, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is developing a Wildlife Management Strategy. Currently, Ontario does not have an overarching guiding framework that informs wildlife policy development, planning, management and decision making. A wildlife management strategy would provide clear direction for wildlife management, while building on the ministry’s strong foundation of science, policy and collaboration. Building a Wildlife Management Strategy for Ontario, a discussion paper is intended to solicit a broad range of perspectives to assist in the development of a wildlife management strategy for Ontario.

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Environmental Approvals Go Paperless and More! A Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Workshop
September 15
OSSGA Office - 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The OSSGA Environment Committee is hosting a morning workshop with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change on Sept. 5th at OSSGA. Ministry officials from the Modernization of Approvals Implementation team and from the Registry Development team will be on hand to provide an overview of:

•   Obtaining an account on the MOECC Client Account Management System
•   Obtaining an eECA (electronic Environmental Compliance Approval )
•   Proposal Regarding Air & Noise Approvals (Plant and Production Processes EASR)
•   New short-term water taking EASR (Environmental Activity and Sector Registry) for short term construction projects

OSSGA Operations Tour
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!

OSSGA’s Product Marketing Committee Training and Networking!  October 6, Gananoque, ON

Join us for a half day of training and a half day golf in beautiful Ganonoque. Topics will include  the Ottawa LRT - Meeting Ottawa’s Infrastructure Needs, Popouts in Exterior Concrete Flatwork - Can Perfection Be Specified? and uncovering the inside story -- Construction Materials Purchasing Agent - Learn from a Senior Industry Leader. The event will be followed by golf at Smugglers Glen Golf Club.  HOTEL: Arrive the night prior to network with your colleagues.  OSSGA group rate at Glen House Resort rate is only $139/$159 - call 1-800-268-4536.  Book no later than September 10th!

Registration is now open for these upcoming events:
Aggregate 101, October 18th in Mississauga – register here
Aggregate 101, November 2nd in Sudbury – register here
Generic Supervisor Training Course, November 14th in Mississauga – register here
OSSGA Common Core Training, November 17thin Mississauga – register here
Hurry – limited spaces!

Environmental Management at Pits & Quarries – Save the Date - November 22 and 23
Back by popular demand – an up-to-date overview of the current environment management requirements of a pit or quarry from industry experts. Perfect for those responsible for environmental compliance but also great for Operations Managers and New Employees! If you haven’t already attended this event then save-the-date, you don’t want to miss out. Stay-tuned for new agenda items including presentations from regulators.

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.

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


Chris Darling joins TOARC Board
Bruce Semkowski, TOARC President and John Moroz, Chairman of The Ontario Aggregate Resources Corporation (TOARC) are pleased to announce that Mr. Chris Darling, Chief Administrative Officer for the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority has agreed to join the TOARC Board of Directors. Mr. Darling fills the Environmental position on the TOARC Board of Directors that was previously held by Mr. John Riley of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Mr. Riley retired from the Board at TOARC’s previous Annual General Meeting. Mr. Darling holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies in the School of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and is a Registered Professional Planner with over 25 years of land use planning experience.


Experience a scenic run through an active pit:  The Caledon 5K Pit Run is on!
This year's event will be held on Saturday September 17th, 2016. Last year, we exceeded our goal of $25,000 and raised $26,500 for Bethell Hospice in Inglewood.  Our goal for 2016 is $30,000 for Caledon Central Public School.
Both Lafarge and Aecon are committed to building and supporting a caring and healthy Caledon community and 100% of the registration fees and sponsorship donations from the event will go directly to the school.


Wellington North faces another gravel pit application
The proposed pit at Concession 4N and Sideroad 2E has to go through three steps: an official plan amendment with the county, a zoning bylaw with the township and a licence application with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  Van Patter explained the purpose of the official plan amendment is to add a mineral aggregate area overlay designation to the almost 33 acres.
Owners Laverne and Erma Weber filed the pit licence application with the MNRF for an extraction area of around 11 hectares, with an annual extraction volume of 75,000 tonnes.

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