Friday, June 24, 2016


Still no answers. Still no discussion. Still no resolution. All is well in the camp of the See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil folks. The original, long departed players are all back sort of, at least when they show up. Most importantly public consultation has once again been aborted albeit for the first time with prejudice. Until now our pigheaded, arrogant yet oddly obsequious "authorities" have done their best to undermine real public consultation using a velvet glove. This past knife in the back, specialty and courtesy of he who speaks out of both sides of his mouth, Councillor Mark Bauman, was blatant, obvious and public. Putting their contempt, disdain and disgust but most importantly their fear in writing and then distributing it to members of the public as well as agencies and three levels of government went too far. As I've recently indicated I continue to try to hold Woolwich Council, two dishonest citizens, Chemtura and the Ontario M.O.E. accountable for their scurrilous April 9, 2015 written lies regarding CPAC and SWAT members.

Make no mistake there are some honest, intelligent citizens on the new TAG (Technical Advisory Group). Obviously the superstar is Dr. Dick Jackson, and the new CPAC including myself, have now publicly endorsed his opinions and position condemning the past decades of psuedo remediation and cleanup by Chemtura, their consultants (CRA) and the M.O.E.. Sebastian Seibel-Achenbach is a known positive having served nearly five years on the last CPAC. David Hofbauer took me a while to warm up to as he is very quiet. That said when he speaks it is worth listening to. Bill Barr and Linda Dickson may both eventually be forces to be reckoned with. Joe Kelly appears to have his head on straight and I suspect the more he learns the more shocked and upset he will become.

The problem of course is that with the public pressure on them in late 2014 Chemtura and the M.O.E. ran for cover the instant a new Council with old faces was elected in Woolwich. The likes of Sandy, Mark and Murray was exactly the "solution" to their public relations fiasco. Chemtura and the M.O.E. were indeed being "interrogated" by CPAC and SWAT for their misdeeds and decades of lying and deceit. Kudos to Dr. Jackson and TAG as they are attempting to keep the focus on Chemtura's eastern property border with the Stroh farm as well as with the ongoing disaster in the Canagagigue Creek. Dioxins/Furans, DDT, Mercury and P.C.B.s in the creek sediments are horrible each on their own, much less in combination. Our totally corrupt Ontario M.O.E. continue to undermne themselves as they minimze the extent of the environmental damage. Watch carefully as Sandy and Mark try to stickhandle Council through this mess. The last thing that pair want is either TAG or RAC jumping all over Chemtura and the M.O.E. demanding a real cleanup of Chemtura's east side as well as a real cleanup via removal of grossly contaminated sediments in multiple areas of the creek. My hopes are on TAG to continue to step up. The 'pretend" stakeholders from RAC including the Grand River Conservation Authority and the Region of Waterloo have conflicts of interest as well as too many other issues on their plates. They also have a history with Uniroyal Chemical including accepting the M.O.E./Uniroyal sweetheart deal from October 1991.

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