Media Advisory - Working together to protect drinking water: 21 members appointed to the GTA's first CTC Source Protection Committee

    TORONTO, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - Toronto and Region Source Protection Authority
(TRSPA) today announced the appointment of all 21 members to the CTC Source
Protection Committee.
    "We are extremely pleased with the caliber of members appointed to the
committee," said Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair, TRSPA. "The people appointed come
from a variety of municipalities. Each person brings to the table an area of
expertise and understanding of local issues that will be very beneficial as
they move towards finding solutions to better protect our water."
    In the CTC, prospective committee members were invited to apply or be
nominated through newspaper advertisements and notices sent to sectoral
organizations during July to September 2007.
    The CTC Source Protection Committee will lead the development of local
plans to protect municipal drinking water sources in the Credit Valley,
Toronto and Region and Central Lake Ontario source protection areas, which
collectively comprise the CTC Source Protection Region. Under the Clean Water
Act and associated regulations, communities are required-for the first time-
to protect their drinking water supplies through the development of
collaborative, locally driven, science-based source protection plans to
protect both the quality and quantity of municipal drinking water sources.
    Participation in this process, in the GTA, will be conducted through the
CTC Source Protection Committee. Chaired by Susan Self, appointed by the
Minister of the Environment in August, the committee includes representation
from CTC municipalities, agriculture, the petrochemical industry, the golf
course sector, aggregates, land development, the energy sector, environmental
non-governmental organizations, and citizens-at-large.
    "The response we received from the public in participating in this
important endeavour has been outstanding" said Brian Denney, Chief
Administrative Officer, TRSPA. "I am confident that the committee will provide
excellent guidance and direction to ensure proper protection of drinking water
sources for current and future municipal supplies."
    Source protection committees are being established in source protection
regions across Ontario to implement recommendations from the Walkerton
Inquiry. The role of each committee is to guide the development of three key
documents that complete the source protection planning process for each source
protection area and ensure that all relevant information is being taken into
account when protecting our sources of drinking water. The CTC Source
Protection Committee will coordinate the development of a Terms of Reference,
an Assessment Report and a Source Protection Plan for each of the source
protection areas in the CTC Source Protection Region. Source protection plans
are expected to be complete by 2012, as set out in the regulations. Throughout
their work, the committee will consult broadly with the public at each stage
of the planning process, allowing for public participation and increased
awareness of source protection in the watershed.

    The newly appointed CTC SPC inaugural members are:

    Representing the municipal sector -

    Robert Burnside (Consultant, representing Town of Orangeville, County of
    Dufferin, Town of Mono, Township of Amaranth, Township of East Garafraxa,
    County of Simcoe, Township of Adjala-Tosorontio)

    Michael D'Andrea (Director, Water Infrastructure Management, representing
    City of Toronto)

    David Kentner (Councillor, representing Region of Halton, Town of Halton
    Hills, Town of Oakville, County of Wellington, Town of Erin)

    Debbie Korolnek (General Manager, Water & Wastewater, representing Region
    of York, City of Vaughan, Town of Aurora, Town of Markham, Town of
    Richmond Hill, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Township of King)

    John Presta (Director, Environmental Services, representing Region of
    Durham, City of Oshawa, City of Pickering, Municipality of Clarington,
    Town of Ajax, Town of Whitby, Township of Scugog, Township of Uxbridge)

    Mark Schiller (Director, Water Division, Region of Peel representing
    Region of Peel, City of Brampton, City of Mississauga, Town of Caledon)

    Howard Shapiro (Assistant Medical Officer of Health, representing City of

    Representing the economic sectors -

    Jessica Annis (Toronto, representing land development industry)

    Andrea Bourrie (Vaughan, representing aggregate industry)

    Wendy Burgess (Whitchurch-Stouffville, representing golf course industry)

    Robert Hester (Pickering, representing electrical energy industry)

    Heather Laidlaw (Brampton, representing agriculture)

    Peter Miasek (Markham, representing petrochemical industry)

    Lynne Moore (Caledon, representing agriculture)

    Representing the general public -

    Juli Abouchar (Toronto, Citizen-at-large)

    Michael Garrett (Toronto, Citizen-at-large)

    Jessica Ginsburg (Whitchurch-Stouffville, environmental non-governmental

    Robert Goodings (Toronto, Citizen-at-large)

    Irv Harrell (Oshawa, Citizen-at-large)

    Peter Orphanos (Mississauga, environmental non-governmental organization)

    Fred Ruf (Markham, Citizen-at-large)

    For more information regarding the CTC Source Protection Committee and
the CTC Region please visit

For further information:

For further information: Karen Hortopan, Communications Administration
Coordinator, CTC Region at (416) 661-6600 Ext. 5392 or;
Or Rowena Calpito, Brown & Cohen Communications and Public Affairs Inc. (416)
484-1132 ext. 4 or

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