Monday, October 20 Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 10/21/2014 12:00:00 AM

The construction boom in the Greater Toronto Area, is not only wreaking traffic havoc,  it may also be contaminating the soil used by our farmers to grow our fruits and vegetables and feed their animals.

It was 4 months ago when a CBC investigation unearthed the disturbing revelation that soil removed from construction sites is not all going into the landfill sites set up to manage the contamination of heavy metals, petroleum and other contaminants.   In some cases, the soil was being sold to farmers and local airfields to be used as berms surrounding their airports.

Now further investigation by the Toronto Star finds that the Ontario Government, no ministry is tracking this soil.  The estimates are that about 50-million tonnes of dirt a year are hauled away and 7-and-a-half-million tonnes of that dirt are contaminated.   Some of that could be used for growing purposes.  Some of contaminants could leach ...