Recycled Aggregate Act - March 27, 2014

The Provincial government will soon be reviewing certain planning documents, such as the Niagara Escarpment legislation and plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine legislation, the Greenbelt plan and others.

The Peel Federation of Agriculture (PFA) wants to know how these documents are affecting rural and agricultural development, and they want to hear from both members and non-members. Read more.

  •        Attached is Sylvia Jones Recycled Aggregate Act Committee Hansard.  The part hi-lited in yellow is interesting, Bob Shapton’s deputation and her response.  Starts on page 11.

Ten farms in Greater Lehigh Valley are saved in preservation program

The 25-year-old farmland preservation program run by the state of Pennsylvania has done it again. It has preserved another 28 farms by enabling state, county and local governments to buy conservation easements from the owners of great farmland. As the Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary explained: "Together we're preserving agriculture, the cornerstone of Pennsylvania's economy."

Ontario's agri-food sector is the largest in Canada, pumping $34-billion into the economy each year. Yet there is no program in place to preserve the farmland it depends on. Perhaps it's time the Ontario government takes a closer look at the Pennsylvania success story.

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Correction Regarding Budget Priorities

Dear members and supporters of NDACT:

I want to be absolutely clear that one of the Green Party’s top priorities is to protect Ontario’s class 1 farmland and source water regions.

I’m proud to be Ontario’s first and only provincial party leader to sign the Food and Water First pledge (at a news conference on May 9, 2013).

I have and will continue to challenge the other party leaders to sign the Food and Water First pledge. I believe this is a pledge that all parties can and should support.

I recently made a mistake in an email about the Green Party’s 2014 budget priorities. I created confusion by using the header Food and Water First while writing about fiscal tools the province can use to protect natural resources. The legislation to protect prime farmland and source water regions is out of the scope of the budget. And I should not have used “Putting Food and Water First” in this context.

I apologize for my mistake.

I want to thank NDACT for your leadership in defeating the Mega Quarry and putting food and water on the political agenda. I’m honoured to have the opportunity to support your work in creating a lasting legacy for Ontario.


Mike Schreiner


Green Party of Ontario

2014 Provincial Policy Statement is Released

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Announce:

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is pleased to announce the release today of the new Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 (PPS, 2014).

The new PPS, 2014 comes into effect on April 30, 2014 and contains the province’s policies concerning land use planning for Ontario. It provides a strong and clear foundation for land use planning and development in Ontario. It is the cornerstone of Ontario’s land use planning system, as all planning decisions are required to be consistent with these policies.

The new policies give better direction for supporting healthy active communities, strong economies and the responsible management of resources in a clean and healthy environment.

The PPS, 2014 recognizes that different regions of the province face different challenges and provides clear direction and additional flexibility to help all communities prosper, including northern and rural communities.

We have also prepared two complementary draft documents for discussion. These highlight the policies in the PPS, 2014 that affect planning in Northern Ontario and rural Ontario, particularly those that have been added or revised since the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005. The discussion period for these draft documents ends April 25, 2014.

The PPS, 2014 and the draft Northern and Rural primers are available for download at


Deflections & Disappointment

When the review of the Aggregate Resources Act was released last fall, Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones praised the report from the Standing Committee on General Government despite its many omissions. The report contained no protection for prime farmland or source water regions. It ignored the significant submissions made by agricultural stakeholders yet enthusiastically endorsed the aggregate industry for assisting the Committee with its research and visits to aggregate sites. If adopted, the report’s recommendations would permit a Mega Quarry on Ontario’s prime farmland. It was the Mega Quarry battle in Dufferin-Caledon that prompted the ARA review.

Sylvia Jones appeared before Melancthon council on January 9th to discuss the ARA report. Rancher Carl Cosack attended the meeting and has written a strongly-worded letter to the Orangeville Banner about her presentation and commitment to her constituents.

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