Points of interest:
The subcommittee met on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 and decided to start the hearings on Monday May 7 with the following to be invited:
- staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources;
- authors of the consolidated report titled State of the Aggregate Resource in Ontario Study (SAROS);
- and Mr. Gord Miller, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.
- Ontario Stone, Sand and Gravel Association
- the Association of Municipalities of Ontario
No invite was extended to anyone else, despite the government having received thousands of letters about the Melancthon MegaQuarry.
They also decided to hold the hearings over 4 days in Toronto only and advertise in ONLY the Toronto papers.
Committee member Michael Coteau had this to say:
It is unfortunate indeed that this meeting is not the first time the public is hearing about the contents of last week’s subcommittee meeting.
REALLY? Was that the intent that no one from the unannointed and unwashed should know about the review in advance?
He then goes on to slag Sylvia Jones who let the cat out of the bag and good for her, by stating on the record:
Instead, we all got to read about it in a press release put out by the member for Dufferin–Caledon on the weekend.
... Conservative members violated a very important rule of this committee and this Legislature, which is that the discussion of in-camera proceedings are to remain private until such time as they are reported to the committee and to the House.
What a dope.
And if you would like to personally thank Sylvia for doing the right thing, her email is: