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  • 28 May 2011 12:00 PM | Deleted user

    During the Walkerton Inquiry, Justice Dennis O'Connor wrote "The first barrier to the contamination of drinking water involves protecting the sources of drinking water."  To this end, the Province of Ontario passed the Clean Water Act and launched a program to prepare local plans to protect drinking water. These plans are being developed under the purview of Ontario's Conservation Authorities.

    Road salt has been identified as one of the threats that need to be considered in preparing Source Protection Plans.

    The Smart About Salt Council has prepared a brief SAS and Source Protection.pdf to show how the Smart About Salt Program can help in managing salt loadings to vulnerable source water. This brief has been provided to those leading the Source Protection Process.

    We continue to spread the word on behalf of our members about how Smart About Salt Certified Contractors and Facilities are committed to implementing best salt management practices.

  • 14 May 2011 5:39 PM | Deleted user
    In the fall of 2010, the Smart About Salt Program received the prestigious Educational Achievement Award from the Transportation Association of Canada in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nominees for the award are evaluated on the basis of:
    • Contribution made to the education/training of the people involved in the program;
    • Degree of innovation in the approach and execution of the program;
    • Payoff or benefits achieved; and
    • Overall applicability to improved practices, better skills sets and to the Canadian transportation community as a whole.

    The Award acknowledges the contribution made by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo and its consultant (Ecoplans Limited) in developing a ground breaking program that works with contractors and facility owners to improve salt management. In particular the training and education programs were recognized.

    The picture shows the award being accepted by Bob Hodgins (left), past president of Ecoplans Ltd, co-designer of the program and current Executive Director of the Smart About Salt Council; and John Hammer (right), Director of Transportation, Region of Waterloo. The Award was presented by Ray Mantha, Executive Director and Chief Engineer - Ministry of Transportation Ontario.

  • 06 May 2011 3:51 PM | Deleted user

    The Smart About Salt Council is pleased to announce that the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) has joined its Board of Directors. "Paul Johnson of Wellington Country, OGRA's representative, has been a leader in salt management in the public sector and will be a valuable addition to the Board" says Bob Hodgins, Executive Director. "The OGRA provides a needed link to help bring the Smart About Salt Program into municipalities. The municipal sector has been very proactive in implementing salt management on their road systems. They can now carry that commitment to salt management to their parking lots by becoming a Smart About Salt Community like the Regional Municipality of Waterloo". Learn more about OGRA at

  • 06 May 2011 8:02 AM | Deleted user

    The Board of Directors of the Smart About Salt Council is pleased to welcome Bob Hodgins as the new Executive Director of the Council - taking over from Ken Tomihiro. Bob has been a leader in salt management in Canada for over a decade and co-designed the program with the Region of Waterloo. Bob has also developed and delivered the Smart About Salt training program since the program's beginning.

    Bob will be leading expansion of the Smart About Salt program within Ontario. In the short time he has been Executive Director, he has made important progress at federal, provincial and municipal governments; contractors, suppliers and facility owners.

    "I am committed to making the Smart About Salt program the flagship program for private snow and ice control contractors serving the facility winter maintenance sector and facilities that want to be proactive in managing their winter maintenance practices and risk" says Hodgins. "Our partnership with dedicated contractors, facility managers and the insurance industry will improve snow and ice control practices, better manage risk, and reduce winter maintenance costs and environmental damage."

  • 08 Mar 2010 2:26 PM | Deleted user
    The Smart About Salt Council was officially announced today.  Its formation has been delayed for several months but is excited to extend this program across Ontario and beyond.  Click here to view the press release.
  • 06 Mar 2010 8:20 PM | Deleted user
    A new study finds 3,600 tonnes of road salt ends up in Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering every winter.

    You can view this story at:

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