The “long game” versus Clearview councils “short game”

In the twenty years that I have lived in Clearview, I’ve been accused of being overly harsh in my criticisms of the various councils. As a retiree who spent all of his working life in the private sector where the “long game” was key to success and in some cases survival, I’ve always been concerned with the “short game” that has been the focus of our elected councillors.

The decisions of Clearview councils have always seemed to be reliant on short term planning by staff, picking from the taxpayer’s pocket when their typically 1 year budget process fails to balance and based on votes from councillors who do not have the experience in the matters they are voting upon.

Walker Aggregates is associated with Walker Environmental and that entity is attempting to open a huge garbage dump just outside of Ingersoll Ontario in an operating limestone quarry. Walker doesn’t own the land, but if the dump gets green-lighted by the province, the company plans to buy the site from Carmeuse, a Belgium based lime conglomerate.

According to the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), Ontario’s available landfill capacity is expected to be exhausted in 10 to 14 years. “Without reducing the amount of waste generated, it is forecasted that Ontario will need to site 16 new or expanded landfills by 2050,” reads a line from the Ford government’s environmental plan.

The Environmental Assessment process has a glaring shortfall: It leaves municipalities with no say in the right to approve or turn down any landfill application in their jurisdiction.

In November 2018, the Ford government released its “Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan”. On page 44, it promises to give municipalities “a SAY in landfill citing approvals” and to “enhance municipal SAY” in the process.

Over 100 municipalities have joined “Demand the Right” an organisation that supports giving municipalities the right to reject garbage dumps in their communities. Needless to say, Clearview is not listed as a member.

Since a garbage dump approval typically takes over 10 years, companies in that business play the “Long Game”. I’m no expert in the length of time it will take for Walker Aggregates to empty the Duntroon pit including the huge resource under what Clearview handed over as a “Private road” but I can look forward to see just what might happen when the Duntroon pit, owned by an organization that has an equal concentration in garbage dumps, is empty and they are looking for their next “profit centre”.

What steps did Clearview take in their approvals of the Duntroon quarry that might prevent this pristine area becoming a garbage dump in the future for an ever-expanding Toronto?

I suspect none, in fact I’d like to see the due diligence report from their legal counsel showing if they are even aware of what might happen in the future for the decisions that they have made “today”.

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