Gravenhurst Environmental Advisory Committee

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The Gravenhurst Environmental Advisory Committee is a community Subcommittee of Council. All meetings are open to the public.

Learn more about this Committee by selecting a topic below.

Mandate, Vision & Primary Role

Mandate & Vision: to advise, assist and make recommendations to Council on matters promoting the protection, maintenance and enhancement of all aspects of the environment in order to improve the quality of life of those who live, work and visit Gravenhurst by providing input on policy and by-laws.

Primary Role: provide advice on various initiatives such as:

  • waste management (garbage, recycling, composting, hazardous waste)
  • planning issues related to the natural environment (Official Plan, development proposals etc.)
  • urban forestry
  • community clean-up events
  • air quality
  • surface, ground and drinking water quality
  • wastewater treatment
  • pesticide use
  • promotion and public education campaigns with regarding to increasing awareness of environmental issues, policies, and programs and fostering sustainable development
  • tree by-laws
  • reviewing existing and developing new policies and by-laws related to environmental issues.
  • assist in the promotion, protection, maintenance and enhancement of the environment for the Town including:
  • assisting in the development of policies, programs and by-laws in compliance with provincial and other regulations, laws and policies which could have an impact upon any aspect of the environment
  • reviewing existing policies, programs and by-laws and making recommendations for improvements that may affect the environment
  • identifying, researching, consulting and bringing forward to Council, local and global issues that may affect the environment
  • soliciting and facilitating public input on matters of environment significance
  • monitoring of federal and provincial government directives and regulations on environmental related issues
  • conducting research on environmental related issues
  • liaising with other municipalities on environmental issues
  • staying educated on new environmental topics
  • holding public information sessions to inform members of the public about environment related
  • issues.

All Boards and Subcommittees of the municipality are governed by the same legislation:

Terms of Reference

Terms of Reference outlines the purpose, structure, operating rules, and define the various roles of membership within a Subcommittee.

The Terms are jointly developed and approved by Council, and can change as the nature of the work of Council evolves.

View the Gravenhurst Environmental Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference

Membership

Committee membership is made up of local community volunteers, affiliate members, Council representatives and Staff Liaisons:

  • Allyn Abbott (Chair)
  • Bill Allison
  • Dr. Brenda Beatty
  • Judy Campbell
  • Pete LeMoine
  • Bev Wicks
  • Randy Jorgensen, Council Representative (Vice Chair)
  • Sandy Cairns, Council Representative
  • Katie Kirton, Manager of Planning Services (Staff Liaison)
  • Kris Orsan, GIS Planning Technician (Staff Liaison)

Annual Work Plans & Year End Reports

Current information about the activities of the Subcommittee will be posted here:

Work Plans

2017-2018

Year End Reports

Year End Reports will uploaded here as they are made available.

Schedules, Agendas & Minutes

View this Committee's Annual Schedule of Meetings

Agendas and Minutes for this Committee's meetings can be viewed within our Council Calendar when posted. 

If you wish to speak at a meeting, visit our Information and Special Request Page.

For more information on Schedules, Agendas and Minutes, please contact the Deputy Clerk/Committee Coordinator.

Educational Resources

The Committee have put together a list of relevant links to provide the public with education and knowledge of relevant environmental resources as follows:

 Mosquito Spraying

In the Headlines:

  • Article - Should Mosquito Spraying with permethrin be banned in Gravenhurst (Gravenhurst Banner - February 12, 2018)
  • Article - Local Impact: Community members concerned with permethrin being sprayed without their knowledge (Gravenhurst Banner - June 23, 2018)

Becoming Informed:

Pyrethroid exposure and Childhood Behavioral problems:
Pesticides and Endocrine Disruption: 
Mosquito abatement product in use (Dragnet) - Warning and Environmental Hazards: 
Learning about alternative pesticides:
Organizations:

DISCLAIMER:

The Gravenhurst Environmental Advisory Committee (GEAC) and its members provide this information in good faith and for information purposes only. Every effort has been made to ensure the information is correct; however, the Committee, its members or the Corporation of the Town of Gravenhurst does not warrant, covenant, or guarantee the completeness and accuracy of the information, does not assume responsibility nor accept any liability arising from any use other than interpretation and shall not be liable to any person for any error in the information or any claims of any sort that may rise from use of or reliance upon the information by any purpose.

Contact Us

Kris Orsan
Geographic Information System Technician

Town of Gravenhurst, 3-5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst ON, Canada, P1P1Z3

T. 705-687-3412 ext.267, Toll Free: 1-855-687-3412, F. 705-687-7016

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