Posted May 2013
Highland Creek Sewage Treatment Plant Biosolids
Get involved in the Environmental Assessment process
For the last 35 years, the Highland Creek Sewage
Treatment Plant (HCTP) has been disposing of the sludge solids (biosolids)
the wastewater on-site, before the clean treated water is returned to Lake
Ontario. The existing sludge incinerators are reaching the end of their
life and need to be replaced.
Between 2002 and 2009, the City undertook an
Environmental Assessment to determine what should be done to dispose of
biosolids for the next 20 years.
The EA recommended that the existing incinerators be
replaced with updated equipment, and that state-of-the-art air pollution
control systems be installed. However, City Council elected not to accept
the recommendation, voting to shut down the incinerators and truck the
sludge off the site, to be spread on agricultural land or placed in
landfill. This would have involved the movement of three to five odorous
sludge trucks per day, along 7 km of local streets through the Highland
Creek area, and past residences, schools and shopping centres.
Community members living near the HCTP consistently
expressed concern with any option that would involve the daily trucking of
biosolids through a predominantly residential community. Public meetings
were held, and several local community members expressed their concerns to
the City and the Ministry of the Environment [MOE] with Council’s final
decision. Acceptance of the BMP [Biosolids Master Plan] by the MOE was
delayed as a result.
In late 2012, City Council’s Public Works and
Infrastructure Committee received a report from staff that called for a
new environmental assessment to be conducted on the Highland Creek
Treatment Plant. This puts to a close a previous decision by City Council
that overrode a staff recommendation to upgrade the incinerators and
authorize the trucking of sludge.
City staff has now prepared the terms of reference for
the new Schedule B environmental assessment. Proposals will be received
from consulting engineers by the middle of May. The new environmental
assessment will begin shortly thereafter and will again review all methods
of biosolids disposal from the plant.
This reveals that efforts to get City Council to
reconsider its decision were successful. However, our community must stay
vigilant, as there will be future public consultation meetings as part of
the new environmental assessment.
It is essential that we continue to advocate for the
best solution at the Highland Creek Treatment Plant. We must support an
option that is based on sound evidence-based research and decision-making,
and is supported by the community. We urge you to participate in the
To stay informed about the HCTP Environmental
Assessment, email CCRA at
firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list.
Posted Feb 2013
Highland Creek Treatment Plant Update
staff has reported that it is in the process of preparing the Request for
Proposal (RFP) to hire a consultant to undertake the Schedule B
Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Highland Creek Treatment Plant. City
staff has said that they hope to have the RFP go out to prospective
consultants by February. The EA will take approximately 9 months to
complete and will again review all methods on the future of the plant
(trucking of sludge, upgrading incinerator, etc.).
Catholic School Update (29 Meadowvale Rd.)
residents may have noticed, the French Catholic School being built by the
Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-sud is nearing completion.
The school, known as Ecole élémentaire catholique dans l’Est de Toronto,
is expected to open in September 2013 and was constructed using funds
provided by the Ministry of Education in 2007. The school will host up to
250 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6. Contact 416-393-5421 for
information on how to enrol your child. The website for the school is
Departure from CCRA Executive
noted in the President’s Report, I am departing from the CCRA executive as
I am moving outside of the community. I wanted to thank the CCRA executive
and volunteers for their dedication and hard work in advocating for our
community and helping to preserve and improve our neighbourhood’s positive
character. I would also like to thank Centennial residents for your
continued engagement and support. The positive response to the CCRA’s
efforts with the Highland Creek Treatment Plant master plan and other
important community issues was impressive and admired by politicians and
residents from other neighbourhoods.
Centennial Scarborough is one of Toronto’s most beautiful neighbourhoods
and is referred to by many as a jewel in the city. Having grown up in
Centennial, I can attest to that! I would encourage residents to become
further engaged in our community and support and/or volunteer with the
CCRA. It is a rewarding and worthwhile experience that will make you even
more proud to live here!
Posted Dec 2012
On November 6, Scarborough Community
Council voted 6 to 3 in favour of an
from Councillor Ron Moeser to approve the Highland Creek Village Study
staff report. Councillor Moeser’s amendment called for lower densities
ranging from a minimum of 2 stories to a maximum of 6 stories as compared
to the original staff recommendation of 2 to 8 stories.
Community Council also passed an
amendment from Councillor Mike Del Grande to direct City staff to study
the angled parking spaces on the north side of Old Kingston Road between
Morrish Road and Lawson Road and provide a plan for more parking spaces
greater than the number of angled parking spaces that may be affected by
the study’s recommendations.
The CCRA gave a
and spoke at the meeting in support of lower densities and in opposition
to road network changes that would result in the removal of the Lawson
Road Bridge and provide for access to Highway 2 from Meadowvale Road. The
CCRA spoke to the need and its support of revitalization in Highland Creek
Village but that any development should be carried out in a way that is
consistent with the character of the neighbourhood and surrounding
neighbourhoods. We spoke to the need for alternatives to high density and
concerns about traffic impacts to our community.
The plan will be implemented over the
long-term (20 years), with a transportation environmental assessment being
conducted on areas most affecting our community such as potential traffic
and road network changes (including the removal of the Lawson Bridge and
access to Highway 2 from Meadowvale Road).
The plan received approval by Toronto
City Council on November 27, 2012.
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