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Aggregate Resource Act (ARA)
Now that the public comments have been presented and heard by the Standing Committee on General Government regarding the ARA, the process in "reconstructing' the current Act will begin. We must make sure that the MPPs that represent us, continue to get the message across, that we don't want a "whitewash" document. There must be priority in saving Source Waters and Prime Agricultural Farmland.
Email or Write to your MPP and ask that to have saving Souce Waters and Prime Farmland a priority.
Below is a sample letter/email.
Dear (name of your MPP),
"Since the ARA policy is a non partisan piece of legislation, and is currently under review by an all party committee, would you, name of MPP, ensure that the changes are meaningful and respect the broad societal involvement in the review hearings.
No other policy review has had as much democratic, courteous, respectful, solutions oriented involvement as this policy. I am asking you to get in touch with your party representative and ask them not to file a whitewash document. Ask them to respect the engagement of the public and give much greater priority to the protection of Prime Farmland and to ensure that 'Source Waters" are protected in perpetuity, not pumped in perpetuity as presently proposed by the Highland Companies in Melancthon Township. Also, no application that includes a proponents promise to keep extracted quarry areas dry by managing or pumping the water "in perpetuity" should ever be accepted by our Ministries. There simply is no credible expectation of compliance.