McGuinty Government Moves To Clean Up Randle Reef
Ontario Provides $30 Million To Improve Quality Of Life And Strengthen Economy In Hamilton
The McGuinty government is doing its part to clean up the area in Hamilton Harbour known as Randle Reef as part of its efforts to improve water quality in the Great Lakes, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Healthy waterfronts help make communities like Hamilton great places to live," said Premier McGuinty. "We're starting the clean-up of Randle Reef because we want the people of Hamilton to enjoy a waterfront that's clean and healthy and improves the economy."
The government is providing $30 million towards the cost of remediation, and it is expected that the federal government and municipal partners will each pay one-third of the remaining costs.
Contamination with coal tar residues and heavy metals in Randle Reef has occurred over the course of many years. The clean up of Randle Reef will help lead to the delisting of Hamilton Harbour as an Area of Concern on the Great Lakes and delivers on the government's commitment to restore and protect the health of the Great Lakes for the benefit of all Ontarians.
Cleaning up Randle Reef is the latest way the McGuinty government is getting results for Hamilton. Other measures include:
- Creating a multi-year, $17.5-billion rapid transit action plan for the Greater Toronto Area, which includes two rapid transit lines across Hamilton
- Revitalizing the downtown with the restoration and rehabilitation of the Lister Block
- Protecting 180 acres of provincially significant natural heritage lands to create Eramosa Karst, Hamilton's newest conservation area.
"Cleaning up this site is important to the quality of life in Hamilton, Burlington and surrounding communities -- and it's vital that Ontario meet its obligations to care for and protect the Great Lakes," said Premier McGuinty. "We've been entrusted with a rich natural heritage and our government will continue working with Ontarians to improve the quality of life in Hamilton and on all the Great Lakes for the enjoyment of future generations."