Member News: Understanding BioCremation & Newcastle Funeral Home Rezoning

Update:

Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002
Notice of Decision
Municipality of Clarington

Take notice that on Monday, October 30, 2017, the Council of the Municipality of Clarington approved the establishment of a crematorium within the existing building on the property located at 386 Mill Street South, Newcastle, Ontario. The method of cremation approved for this location by the municipality is alkaline hydrolysis; a water based dissolution process which uses alkaline chemicals, heat, agitation and pressure to accelerate natural decomposition.

And further take notice that the applicant, Registrar or any person with an interest therein may, within 15 days after publication of this notice, refer the decision to the Ontario Municipal Board for a hearing.

Further information may be obtained from the Municipality of Clarington Planning Services Department, 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, Ontario on weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Inquiries should be directed to Brandon Weiler who can be reached by telephone at 905-623-3379 ext. 2424 or by email at bweiler@clarington.net.

Dated at the Municipality of Clarington this 1st day of November, 2017.

Alkaline Hydrolysis is a water based cremation process that yields the same result as flame cremation (meaning ashes), but in a much different way. It uses the same process that occurs when a body is buried in the ground, we just accelerate the time needed (about 10 hours) for the entire process to take place. A combination of water flow, heat and alkalinity are used to break down the body and the ashes are returned to the family, buried or scattered. It uses over 90% less energy than flame cremation and no emissions are produced, unlike flame based cremation.

This process is more affordable than flame based cremation and for those families who do not have a funeral, there is no need to purchase a casket, unlike flame based cremation where a casket is mandatory. We would be the only funeral home in Southern Ontario to offer this option to families. Currently funeral homes in Saskatchewan, Quebec and a few in Ontario are the only ones to provide this service. It is my hope to give the families we serve another choice for their loved one that is respectful, affordable and environmentally responsible.

Since this technology is new to the funeral industry, the Bereavement Authority of Ontario has been unsure how to classify this process, so they are calling it cremation. As a result, Newcastle Funeral Home must re-zone to allow for this. There is a public meeting being held on Monday, October 23rd at 7pm at Town Hall in Bowmanville to address this re-zoning.

We would encourage anyone who believes this option is a good idea for families to either write the municipality or attend the meeting in person. Anyone interested in attending the meeting can just show up on Monday, October 23rd at 7pm in the council chambers of town hall. The other option is to write an email to Brandon Weiler (bweiler@clarington.net) who is the planner overlooking our proposal.

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