Hardeman Introduced Bill Giving Municipalities Right to Approve New Landfills in Their Communities
QUEEN’S PARK – Today Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford, introduced a private members bill to give municipalities the right to approve the location of new landfill sites in their communities. Currently, waste companies only need approval from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.
“Municipalities can choose where a new Tim Hortons is located, but they don’t have the same authority when it comes to landfill projects,” said Hardeman. “This bill respects Ontario communities, and will give towns and cities the ability to decide their own future.”
According to a recent poll by Public Square, nearly 8 out of 10 Ontarians feel municipalities should have a say in whether they host landfills, contrary to the current legislation.
“Ontarians are tired of the provincial government unilaterally imposing everything from windfarms to landfill sites onto local communities,” said Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey who leads the Demand the Right Coalition. “This bill would give us the right to say yes or no to these kinds of projects.”
Nearly 30 municipalities passed motions demanding that the provincial government pass legislation that gives towns and cities the right to approve locations for new landfill sites. A further 150 municipal leaders from across Ontario signed petitions demanding the right and are in the process of passing similar motions in their own councils.
Marcus Ryan, a Zorra Township councillor said, “Any community outside the GTHA is a potential site for future mega dumps like Zorra is facing; and currently there’s nothing we can do about it. We have to change that.”
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Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford