The Township of the North Shore has approved a resolution calling for a temporary pause on all new gravel mining approvals in Ontario.
That resolution comes as residents wait for a decision from the Ontario Land Tribunal to determine if the previous council’s resolution to allow rezoning for a proposed site will be upheld or not.
A local environmentalist group, North Shore Environmental Resource Advocates Incorporated, has been working for years to challenge the development within the township stating the site in question is pristine and home to five known at-risk species.
The group believes the environmental impacts of the development could be life-changing and long-lasting for flora, fauna, and people alike.
Council supported the resolution from the Reform Gravel Mining Coalition, which started the Demand A Moratorium Now campaign as a response to several communities expressing concerns about gravel mining in Ontario.