Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Pretend investigations. Pretend cleanups. Pretend concern for either human health or ecological health. That is the reality in Elmira, Ontario. We've had two recent rebellions with the 2010-2015 CPAC and then from September 2015 until now with Dr. Richard Jackson at the helm of TAG. He has been a breathe of fresh air mixed in with the foul stench that emanates from Chemtura, their consultants and the M.O.E.. While both CPAC and Dr. Jackson have at least been controlling the Agendas that is likely to soon end. Dr. Jackson has resigned as TAG Chair effective the end of the year. This is a huge loss to Woolwich Township residents and the vast majority of them don't even know it thanks to our local ineffective media.

CPAC were removed as a committee of council by Mark and Sandy despite the last Council's support for them and despite Mark being a member of that last council. Of course Mark did what Mark does best when facing strong opposition which was hide in the woods until the trouble passed. With the election of Sandy, Murray and a couple of other straw votes Mark came out of hiding in order to remove the best CPAC there ever was.

It is typical of Chemtura/M.O.E./Woolwich Twp. that many of the Agenda Item reports for this week's (Thursday) TAG meeting have not been distributed to ALL stakeholders ahead of time. It is not typical over the last twenty-five years that only the people appointed by Council are allowed to speak. That is undemocratic and blatantly not public consultation. That is to the shame of the same Woolwich Council who attempted to refuse citizens the right to bring Chemtura/M.O.E. issues to Council as Delegations last spring. Fortunately Woolwich Councillors got their heads handed to them when they went that far. Even the media rose up as one and said what the hell are the politicians doing up in Woolwich Township. Refusing public Delegations to TAG (Technical Advisory Group) in regards to the cleanup of our drinking water and our creek is grotesque. Refusing it to former CPAC members who have far more knowledge and history of the Uniroyal/Chemtura site than most of the TAG members is an abomination. That folks is sham public consultation and it's born and bred right here in Woolwich Township.

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