Barrhaven development vote postponed amid questions about misleading report

By Joanna Chianello & Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, January 16, 2020

A City of Ottawa planning report in support of a 500-home development on a gravel pit in Barrhaven says the province's ministry in charge of natural resources confirmed the site has been mined of its sand and gravel.

Only one problem: the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says it has done no such thing.

"[The ministry] has not stated that aggregate resources on the licensed site are 'exhausted'," according to an emailed statement from ministry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski.

(...)As far as the ministry is concerned, the Brazeau Pit is still licensed under provincial law, and significant changes to the site "would be processed as a major amendment," which would be a months-long process that would include the opportunity for the public to comment through the Environmental Registry of Ontario.

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