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Rural residents vent frustrations
over water rules
The Ottawa Citizen
Friday, April 30, 2004
Rural frustration about new drinking water regulations boiled over
into anger against governments last night at a raucous public
meeting with provincial environment officials.
campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and other small
businesses expressed concern about the new regulations, saying they
threatened rural life.
Many were upset
by the complexities of the water regulations, which require
engineering inspections and frequent testing that they say will be
far too expensive and drive them out of business.
"We won't let
city people who don't understand our way of life take our lives
away," said one campground owner.
that drew about 500 people packed into the local public school gym,
is the latest in a series across Renfrew and Lanark Counties, staged
to allow residents to vent anger at what they say is increasing
government interference in their way of life.
Residents are frustrated at high taxes and new health and
environmental regulations that they say are being forced down their
urban politicians who don't care about their
in the act: Conservative MPP John Yakabuski won applause when he
described the Liberal government as,
"a two-headed monster with one
hand on our throats and another in our pockets."
McSheffrey, who will run for the NDP in the next federal election,
was one of several people who reminded the audience that it was the
Conservatives under Ernie Eves who brought in the new water
regulations in the wake of the Walkerton tragedy.
MP Cheryl Gallant won the night's loudest applause when she said
governments, "are trying to drive us off our land, into urban
communities so they can better control us."
Ministry of the
Environment official James Mahoney repeatedly defended the need for
improvements to rural water systems, saying existing regulations
still turn up thousands of water samples contaminated with E. coli
and other bacteria every year.
promised to take rural concerns to Environment Minister Leona
© The Ottawa
Who can afford "Clean" water?
- Ottawa Citizen - May 3, 2004
Association - PRESS RELEASE - May 6, 2004
about to boil over - (May 10, 2004) -
All I really need to know about
Ontario's new drinking water regulations I learned at the Richmond
Co-operative Nursery School...
'Solution' could cause
more problems than they solve - London
Free Press, April 3, 2004
Meeting held by WCRA, on negative impacts of new water regulations
(#170/03) June 25
is dedicated to co-ordinating the efforts of
communities throughout Ontario who are opposed to
Drinking Water Systems Regulation 170/03.
Env. Minister argues that Regs: 170/03 would hurt the environment
changes to water regs
- by Terry Myers, Renfrew
Times, July 7, 2004.
Renfrew County council says it
wants to see changes to new provincial drinking water standards that
impose "undue and extreme hardship" on rural areas.
Message from Rural Council President - on Water
September 6, 2004
Council applauds city's efforts to modify Prov. Water Regs.
- September 8, 2004