Inside Toronto: Port lands soil recycling facility gets funding

From Joanna Lavoie of Inside Toronto:

Plans to recycle contaminated soil from Toronto's 2,000-acre waterfront at a site in the port lands are moving steadily along.

Earlier this week, Waterfront Toronto announced it has received a $350,000 cash infusion from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' (FCM) Green Municipal Fund, which offers funding and resources to large, small, urban and rural initiatives that address sustainable community development needs of municipal governments. This grant covers the investment the tripartite waterfront redevelopment agency made to evaluate the treatment and recycling of contaminated soil in the port lands from the city's 2,000-acre waterfront.

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Toronto-Danforth Councillor Paula Fletcher, whose ward encompasses the port lands, said she's optimistic about the possibilities.

"We will have a world class facility for soil recycling on our waterfront," said the Ward 30 representative, noting constituents' concerns, specifically those pertaining to air quality, have been closely examined in the pilot project's follow-up study and have been addressed.

In terms of the overall plan for accelerating the development of the 1,000-acre port lands, Fletcher said she's excited to see the City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto working together as well as everyday citizens engaged in this process.

"I'm very impressed with the due diligence," she said, adding she's confident in the end there will be no more "cross-purposes" when it comes to the future of the port lands.

"I think that's what the public wants. I'm committed to a good process and looking at this very carefully from all angles." Read the full article at Inside Toronto.

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