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Waste sector table workshop on EA, Friday, November 5

The government of Ontario has announced a "Waste Sector Table Workshop" for Advisory Panel on Improvements to Ontar...


The government of Ontario has announced a “Waste Sector Table Workshop” for Advisory Panel on Improvements to Ontarios Environmental Assessment Process

Date: Friday, November 5, 2004

Time: 8:30am to 2:00pm

Location: To be confirmed.

As you may be aware, the Ontario Government formed an advisory panel to recommend ways of improving the provinces Environmental Assessment process. The formation of the panel delivers on a government promise to improve the Provinces environmental assessment process.

The goals of this initiative are as follows:

Revitalize the EA program providing clear, prescriptive rules for appropriate environmental planning and decision-making;
Rebalance EA decision-making by setting out clear roles for all participants; and
Refocus the EA process such that the level of review/assessment of undertakings reflects the potential that each proposal has to positively or negatively impact the environment as defined by the Environmental Assessment Act.

The formation of the Panel was part of the Minister of the Environments announcement related to the development of a Waste Management Strategy. As development of new waste management systems/facilities (whether for diversion or disposal) requires lead time for planning, development, approvals and implementation, it is not unusual for waste management facilities to take several years to obtain necessary ministry approvals. Consideration must be given to enhancing the quality and timeliness of such decision-making.

As part of this initiative, the Panel is holding a workshop on Friday November 5, 2004 at a location to be determined in Toronto. The workshop will take place between 8:30am and 2:00pm. The Waste Sector Table of the EA Panel would like to extend an invitation to you to meet with representatives of the Table to discuss your proposed improvements to Ontarios environmental assessment process as it relates to waste management. Information on the membership of the Waste Sector Table is attached for your information. Due to limited space at the workshop, we require that you limit attendance to one participant if you are an organization, to ensure that all participants have an equal opportunity to contribute.

Written material will be circulated prior to the workshop, and participants should come to the workshop prepared to provide input based on the material. The material will be provided upon receipt of the confirmation of your attendance. If you are unable to attend, please be sure to indicate whether you would still like to receive and comment on the material. All comments should be directed to Blair Rohaly, Project Manager, Strategic Policy Branch, Ministry of the Environment, 135 St. Clair Avenue West, 11th Floor, M4V 1P5, or blair.rohaly@ene.gov.on.ca, by November 12, 2004.

Registration details are available from Blair Rohaly at 416-212-4083.

A faxed confirmation form must be received no later than November 2, 2004 to Denise Bluestein at 416-314-2976 or email it to denise.bluestein@ene.gov.on.ca. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Blair Rohaly at 416-212-4083.

Waste Sector Table Members

Howard M. Goldby
Mr. Goldby is the Vice-President, Environmental Health and Safety with BFI Canada Inc. A registered Professional Engineer, Mr. Goldby graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1972 from the University of Salford, England. He has held positions in the construction industry, consulting and the oil industry, and since 1987 with three major waste management companies: Waste Management Inc., BFI Waste Systems Ltd. and BFI Canada Inc.

Nigel Guilford
Mr. Guilford is President and Director of the Ontario Waste Management Association. The Ontario Waste Management Association, founded in 1977, speaks for nearly 300 independent companies in the private sector who provide the products and services in the waste management sector.

Janine Ralph
Ms. Ralph is currently the Manager of Waste Policy & Planning at the Regional Municipality of Niagaras Waste Management Services Division. She has been involved in the waste management field at the municipal level for over 12 years. During this time she has been responsible for the development and implementation of a wide range of waste management programs, approvals processes and environmental policies and practices. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Queens University in Kingston.

Usman Valiante
Mr. Valiante is an environmental consultant who has undertaken work for a number of waste management companies in Ontario. He has extensive background in the field of waste diversion and recycling, including involvement with Waste Diversion Ontario. Mr. Valiante has previously been involved with both the Brewers of Ontario and the Brewers Association of Canada.

John Jackson
Mr. Jackson has worked with citizens groups on waste issues for the past 25 years. In this capacity he has been involved in environmental assessments on provincial, municipal, and private sector hazardous waste and municipal waste proposals.

Paul Rennick
Mr. Rennick is the Principal of Rennick and Associates.


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