Saturday, September 3, 2022


When you are in total control of cleaning up the mess you are responsible for whether directly or indirectly (by purchase) it makes things so much easier for the polluter and corporate successors. It also helps when this total control includes the alleged public consultation process such that the Chair of TAG is appointed and bought and paid for by Woolwich Township. Then as was done in 2015 Sandy Shantz took all the requested by the Township and properly done  Applications for the next term's CPAC from the current CPAC members and threw them into the trash declaring/lying that there weren't enough Applications and they had to start over. A classic case of the tail wagging the dog or of the polluter  rejigging the rules in mid term. 

Since then Lanxess and the Min. of Environment (MECP) have continued their sweetheart love-in by jointly supporting each others' wishes to avoid certain embarrassing facts and situations. The MECP decades ago agreed to so much asinine burying of extremely toxic wastes combined with surreptitious "leakage" off the east side of the Uniroyal/Lanxess site all to reduce the easily measurable quantities and concentrations of on-site toxic compounds. The 22 Old Order Mennonite families living along the Canagagigue Creek between Uniroyal Chemical and the Grand River were sacrificed on the alter of money, power and political expediency.

The concentrations of toxic compounds in sediments and creek soils downstream remains ridiculously high based upon the MECP's own criteria and studies as well as Lanxess/GHD's studies. The process to fool the public has been the alleged Risk Assessment (Ecological & Human Health)  underway for about the last three to four years. Similarly the intentional failure to honestly sample and study the Stroh property as well as the Stroh Drain, Ditch & Berm (SDDB) has merely exacerbated the contempt and disgust of honest and knowledgeable citizens and stakeholders towards the many professional liars and their fellow travellors. 

The entire "cleanup" since 1989 has been based upon politics, money, power and manipulation rather than on honest scientific study and knowledge. Many of our municipal politicians have been co-opted and or lied to in order to gain and keep their support for whatever "cleanup" routes the company and Ontario Min. of Environment prefer. Unsurprisingly these have mostly been "the cheapest and least expensive" options. 

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