Water concerns and environmental risk assessments impede plans for a mega-quarry near the GTA
Ontario’s densely populated Greater Golden Horseshoe, which hugs the western tip of Lake Ontario from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to Niagara and stretches all the way to Georgian Bay and Peterborough, has less than four percent of the province’s land mass but is home to nearly a quarter of all Canadians. The region is one of the country’s biggest economic engines, with industries such as auto and steel manufacturing as well as Toronto’s diverse economy pushing urban development across agricultural and natural land. Such sprawl is often controversial. But the need for raw materials — specifically, the gravel required for road and building construction — is creating another clash between man and nature.