"The city must control all of its own waste."
-Mayor Larry O'Brien
Rural Council Reports:
June 22, 2010
Rain fails to dampen anti-dump ferver
Mayor avows solidarity
with residents, to fight expansion. MPP Norm Sterling and councillors
add their support
showers Tuesday afternoon, a large crowd showed up to hear
Mayor O'Brien, using a panorama view of the Carp Road Dump as his
backdrop, vowing to protect their community from what he has
dubbed, "a canker in the middle of a cosmopolitan city."
He said that his declared "war on
not merely a slogan. It's based on his belief that, "Landfills are a 19th century
invention that have no place in the 21st century."
He asserted that the time is long past
due for Ottawa to have complete control over
all of its waste, including industrial and commercial waste, not
just household waste that it now processes.
The Mayor believes that Ottawa could
manage the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional, (IC&I) waste
diversion and sorting much more efficiently than that being carried
out under the current provincial controls.
Mayor Larry O'Brien
Local politicians give
Stittsville residents a show of solidarity against the dump
expansion. L to R: MPP Norm Sterling, Councillor Marianne
Wilkinson, Councillor Alex Cullen, Councillor Shad Qadri and Mayor
O'Brien. Part of the Carp Dump Mountain can be seen in background
Stittsville resident Gilles Chasles
is the founder and
He also co-hosted the event with
Stittsville Councillor Shad Qadri.
MPP Norm Sterling at the mike
Mills MPP Norm Sterling has provided stalwart opposition to every
previous Carp Road landfill site expansion attempt as well as the current
one. "Enough is enough," he stated, "We've done our part. If the
landfill has to grow, it's time to take it somewhere else."
As a follow-up to
O'Brien's comment that the city should have jurisdiction over its IC&I
waste, not just over household waste, Mr. Sterling reiterated his
commitment to press the cause in the Provincial Legislature.
with the mayor, that the City
of Ottawa should have the right to manage it's own waste, and not
have the province impose its control over the city's commercial waste.
He noted that provincial handling of the IC&I waste has fallen far
short of being adequate.
Both Councillors Shad Qadri and
Alex Cullen also added that if the city controlled its own
commercial waste, the city's existing waste diversion programs
would do a much better job of managing the problem.
maintains that Waste Management Inc. should be applying waste
sorting and landfill diversion much more aggressively, NOW, and
not wait while attempting to get and expansion permit, before
Councillor Qadri - Mayor O'Brien
suggested that if
the Province won't mandate waste diversion for the ICI sector, then
the City should be given this authority. "In this way we can obviate
the need for landfill sites near our residential communities by
reducing the amount of waste going to them through implementing
recycling programs for the ICI sector in our community."
Realizing that waste diversion has its limits, Gilles Chasles
commented, "Ottawa deserves a world class solution. A dump is not
a world class solution."
There were many questions from the
audience, seeking assurances.
Residents were pleased to see their
elected representatives giving so much support in the interest of
protecting their health and safety.
Mayor O'Brien suggested that
Premier McGuinty should listen to the wishes of residents of his home
city: Ottawa. Let's hope he does!
Reference Information and Links:
Excerpt from Shad Qadri's
Stittsville News column:
(Note July 19 deadline for registering comments
with the Ministry of the Environment, regarding your objections to
expanding the landfill...)
A great show of support
I would like to
congratulate the West End Coalition for organizing last Tuesday’s
anti landfill expansion event on Carp Road. It was a great turnout
and a great show of support and I felt the message on why the
landfill expansion wasn’t needed was loud and clear. The message
regarding the province to wake up about the I C & I sector was well
As well, it was a
positive sign when the message of the importance for the
municipality taking the lead in working with the province to take
control of the I C & I waste sector was reiterated.
I would also like to
thank MPP Norm Sterling and several of my council colleagues
including His Worship, Mayor Larry O’Brien, Councillors Alex Cullen
and Marianne Wilkinson for attending. Due to other commitments,
Councillors Peggy Feltmate and Eli El-Chantiry had representatives
from their respective offices present on their behalf. The community
appreciated your support as residents continue their battle against
a landfill expansion.
I strongly urge all
residents to file comments to the Ministry of Environment (MOE)
regarding the expansion proposal of the Waste Management (WM) Carp
Road landfill. As of Friday, June 18, for a 30 day period, the MOE
is welcoming public comments on the project as WM has submitted its
Terms of Reference to the MOE.
I would like to remind residents that the
TofRs are only for the landfill component. If you would like the
scope of the EA process to include other items, please add them to
your comments. You can send your comments directly to Jeffrey Dea,
Project Officer, Ministry of the Environment at
Jeffrey.Dea@ontario.ca until July 19. For
more information on the proposal, you can subscribe to the Moving
Mountains newsletter via email at
their page on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/mmnews. You can also
visit websites such as the Stittsville Village Association (www.stittsvilleva.com),
the No Dump group (www.nodump.ca),
Ottawa Landfill Watch (www.ottawalandfillwatch.org),
Richardson Corridor Community Association or my website at
I encourage you to
let your voices be heard to the appropriate representatives.
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