2012! Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2012!
Happy New Year 2012!

Wishing our readers a better, healthier, and Happier New Year 2012!

It’s been an amazing year!

Thank you for your marvellous help; together we had accomplished so much as well as made great differences as follows:

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Statement from the Minister of the Environment: Ontario’s Mega Quarry

This is an update to my previous blogs:

Here is the Minister of the Environment’s recent reply to the petitions of more than 132,000 Canadians (Avaaz’s tally at the time of this blog posting) regarding Highland Companies’ application to build a mega-quarry in Ontario that would irreversibly destroy drinking water, farm land and vital river and forest habitat:

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Changes to Ontario’s Drive Clean for Canadian Motorists: Effective Today

Changes to Ontario's Drive Clean for Canadian Motorists: Effective Today
Changes to Ontario's Drive Clean for Canadian Motorists: Effective Today

This is an update to my previous blog Ontario’s Drive Clean Test Exemptions of Vehicles Less Than Seven Years Old, September 1, 2011.

Effective today the following changes to Drive Clean will save Canadians in Ontario time and money as well as protect the air we breathe by improving the quality of our air via reducing smog pollutants by an estimated 266,000 tonnes since the beginning of the Drive Clean program:

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Your Canadian Water Quality: Ontario’s Report

Your Canadian Water Quality: Ontario's Report
Your Canadian Water Quality: Ontario's Report

The summer’s sweltering heat certainly makes us drink lots of water.

And are you wondering about the quality of Canadian water in your glass?

According to the following stats from the Chief Drinking Water Inspector’s Annual Report 2009 – 2010, your municipal residential drinking water systems are delivering safe, high quality tap water:

  • 99.88 per cent of drinking water tests reported by municipal residential drinking water systems met Ontario’s rigorous, health-based drinking water quality standards during the year.
  • These systems serve more than 80 per cent of Ontario’s population.
  • 99.51 per cent of the tests reported by systems serving designated facilities such as day cares, schools or health care centres met provincial standards.
  • 99.49 per cent of the tests reported by non-municipal year-round residential systems met provincial standards.
  • These private systems serve residential developments, and mobile home parks.
  • 59 per cent of municipal residential drinking water systems achieved inspection ratings of 100 per cent – a 26 per cent increase over five years.

Ontario has more than a quarter of a million lakes, rivers and streams, and abundant groundwater supplies.

Ministry of the Environment has established a world-class safety net to protect your drinking water from source-to-tap.

Furthermore, Ontario’s Clean Water Act‘s key actions in 2010-2011 include:

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Please Request an Environmental Assessment on Ontario’s Mega Quarry Before July 11, 2011

The North Dufferin Agricultural Community Taskforce (NDACT) is a local citizens’ group fighting an aggregate license application by US-based hedge fund company, The Highland Companies, to mine for Amabel Dolostone (limestone) in the Township of Melancthon, Ontario, Canada.

The proposed Mega Quarry would be the second largest in North America and the largest in Canada.

Please Request an Environmental Assessment on Ontario's Mega Quarry Before July 11, 2011
Please Request an Environmental Assessment on Ontario's Mega Quarry Before July 11, 2011

Melancthon is located approx.120 kms north west of Toronto. This area is classified as Class 1 agricultural land, boasting a rare and unique soil called Honeywood Silt Loam which grows a multitude of vegetables (especially potatoes) and serves as a source of local food production for the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).

Potato Farm Land in Melancthon, Ontario, Canada
Potato Farm Land in Melancthon, Ontario, Canada

“Highland Companies has officially filed a 3,100 page application for their 2,300 acres up to 200 foot below the water table open pit limestone mine.

Quarry projects always pit the proponents of economic development — who stress benefits rising from the demand for aggregate, the money to be made and the jobs to be created in a declining economy — against local residents and conservationists who emphasize costs in the form of noise, dust, carbon dioxide pollution from trucking, community cohesion, traffic and safety, contamination of ground water and river systems, degradation of surrounding agricultural land, damage to the local tourism and recreation economy, and implausible or missing plans for the reclamation of the quarry land.

This project has the potential to negatively impact “ONE MILLION Ontarians downstream from the Township.” We are downstream.”

The Features of Mining Operations at the Mega Quarry Include:

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Ontario’s Drive Clean Test Exemptions of Vehicles Less Than Seven Years Old, September 1, 2011

As an Ontario driver, you will be pleased to know that you can save some money and time through the proposed provincial changes to Drive Clean Testing program which will continue helping to protect the environment.

Effective September 1, 2011, Ontario Drive Clean Testing will have the following exemptions on vehicles from being tested as part of their registration renewal:

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Earth Day as Celebrated by HuffPost Green, Google and Ontario Canada

Today is Earth Day, April 22.

Earth Day started 41 years ago to raise awareness of  “environmental challenges that abound as our daily actions pollute and degrade the fragile environment that humans and wildlife depend on to survive.”

HuffPost Green, Google and Ontario (Canada) are celebrating Earth Day 2011 with you as follows.

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