Push to give municipalities right to halt landfills gets boost

Ingersoll Mayor Ted Comiskey says momentum is building behind a bid to give municipalities the final word on whether to allow landfills in their respective communities.

It follows a meeting and conference call at Queen's Park Tuesday between himself and Environment Minister Jeff Yurek, and 49 other mayors from across Ontario.

Comiskey says so far nearly 140 municipalities have endorsed motions stating municipalities should be able to decide if they’re willing hosts for landfills or not. Full story here.

A similar private member’s bill by Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman was gaining support before it died on the order paper in 2017's

provincial election.

Comiskey says the Environment Ministry remains receptive to enacting legislation that would support the motion, though he’s not expecting any action until some time in 2020.

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