Published on April 26, 2018

QUEEN’S PARK – On Thursday May 3rd the Ontario Legislature will debate second reading of Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman’s private members bill, Respecting Municipal Authority over Landfills Act.

“I’m pleased to be able to raise the important issue of giving municipalities a real say on landfill locations, something that has significant an impact on their community,” said Hardeman. “Municipalities get approval authority over the location of casinos, nuclear waste facilities, even the local Tim Horton’s so it makes no sense that they don’t get to approve the location of a landfill site.”

Currently only the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change is required to approve the location of a landfill. Hardeman’s bill would amend Environmental Assessment Act and the Environmental Protection Act to ensure that a landfill is not approved unless the community is a willing host.

Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey requested this authority for municipalities last fall during a presentation to a legislative committee. Hardeman put forward two amendments during committee to implement the change, but they were voted down. Hardeman introduced the private members bill at the beginning of the spring session and then reintroduced it following prorogation. Second reading debate is scheduled for the afternoon of Thursday May 3rd.

“Local governments and the people they represent deserve a real say in the future of their community and that includes the right to say where a landfill should or shouldn’t go,” said Hardeman. “I’m looking forward to debating this important issue in the Legislature.”

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For more information, contact:

Ernie Hardeman, MPP Oxford

(416) 325-1239