Tuesday, June 13, 2023


I've never gotten too excited over this particular report mandated by the Ontario Ministry of Environment.  Mostly what it does is show how much improvement in environmental emissions a dirty polluter can make when they are pressured and forced into it. It also shows exactly how disgusting and harmful to the health of Elmira residents the company was for a period measured in decades and indeed centuries (i.e. 1/2 century). Perhaps most of this company and their predecessors victims are now dead. Does that exonerate them now for human beings getting sick, losing their health and in some cases dying prematurely? I think not.

I do recall back in the early 1990s publicly haranguing both Uniroyal Chemical and the Min. of Environment (MECP) for the total weight of air emissions (250-350 thousand kilograms per year) released into the communal atmosphere. One third of a million kilograms of toxic emissions in a witch's brew going up their stacks each and every year. Under our laws none of the polluters went to jail but if a single citizen had entered that plant to exact revenge for a loved one who died of cancer whether a wife, mother or child; that individual would likely still be in jail. 

That's the kind of country we live in folks. Murder is O.K. as long as it's for commercial/economic reasons.   

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