Bums in seats needed on Nov. 30

In the runup to the court hearing on Nov.30, Covanta is arguing that the opposition to the incinerator is just a bunch of NIMBYs and that there is no strong public interest in this case.

For this reason, we need to pack the court room as a visible indication that the public is still strongly engaged.

Covanta is implying among other things that our interest is monetary and that all we want is to protect our property interests - which is very interesting since they have maintained all along that the incinerator would have no affect on property values.

The legal arguments have been flying back and forth in preparation for Wednesday's hearing. The arguments will be technical and probably boring but the hearing is only 2 hours long - and vital to the future of the incinerator.

We have set up an event page on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/events/239206046141846/ where you can indicate whether you can come or not. Courtrooms are not assigned until the day before and if we know a lot will be coming, perhaps we can get a larger courtroom.

Court Date Set - Nov. 30

We're finally getting our day in court - Wed. Nov. 30, 9:30 am in Oshawa Court in front of Justice Lauwers. Unlike the previous dates we've had and cancelled, the lawyers have agreed to a 2-hour session in which they can debate a couple of procedural motions.

The Region's lawyer, Stephen Waque (Borden, Ladner, Gervais) has brought forward a motion questioning the standing of DurhamCLEAR, and Covanta's lawyer, Doug Thomson (McCarthy Tetrault), has brought forward a motion for security of costs.

Our lawyer, Eric Gillespie is confident we can get past both motions.

Coalition of Zero-Waste and Anti-Incineration Groups submit letter to Party Leaders in run up to provincial election

In April of this year, Liz Bennian, President of the Ontario Zero-Waste Coalition, along with representatives of other organizations, met with officials of the Ministry of the Environment to encourage them to move rapidly towards the Zero-Waste vision that they had enunciated in a discussion paper almost 2 years earlier. Doug Anderson, Presient of DurhamCLEAR, was part of the delegation. They presented a letter to the Ministry with 10 specific action points including an end to incineration.

Also, on September 15, the 3 local anti-incineration groups, DuurhamCLEAR, ZeroWaste4ZeroBurning and DurhamEnvironmentWatch sent a very detailed letter authored by Wendy Bracken concerning a number of flaws in the Environmental Assessment and Certificate of Approval with particular attention on PM2.5. This letter was sent to both the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Health. click here

The Ministry has not replied to either letter.

With Ontario going to the polls within the week, residents need to know where the government stands on these issues, and, should a different party form the government, we need to know where they stand as well.

To elicit a response, the coalition has sent a letter to all the party leaders as well as the media, reiterating the issues and requesting a response before the election

First-of-its-kind small appliance recycling program coming to BC

Sep 26, 2011 reprinted from Solid Waste & Recycling


British Columbians will soon be able to recycle their used or broken small appliances at over 100 convenient drop-off locations thanks to Unplugged, the Small Appliance Recycling Program.

Starting October 1, 2011, Unplugged will accept more than 120 small appliances for recycling, ranging from toasters and electric toothbrushes to countertop microwaves and vacuum cleaners.

Unplugged - the first small appliance recycling program of its kind in Canada and the only government-approved small appliance recycling program in British Columbia (B.C.) - aims to divert two million small appliances from landfills, helping to reduce pollution, save energy and protect the environment.

The program, administered by the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association in partnership with B.C.-based Product Care Association, will also help save energy by recycling materials such as aluminum, which takes 95 per cent less energy to recycle than it does to make the material from raw resources.

After an appliance is brought to a drop-off location, it is transported to processors in Western Canada and separated into different materials, which are then recycled. Metals will be smelted down and recycled into other metal products, while plastics and glass will be sorted and sold or reused in various manufacturing processes.

As a non-profit program, Unplugged will be fully funded by a recycling fee applied to new products brought into B.C. by small appliance manufacturers and retailers.

The recycling fee covers all program costs, including collection, transportation and recycling, and may be included in a product's price or displayed as a separate charge at check-out.

Important Information Meeting

Monday, September 26, 7:00pm
Faith United Church
, Courtice
Nash Rd just E of Courtice Rd

  • Get the latest information on our legal fight
  • Discuss and help organize new initiatives

Many new faces have joined the anti-incinerator fight in the last couple of months. This meeting will provide us an opportunity to bring everybody up to speed with the latest information.

Click HERE to download a flyer which you can print out and post in your neighbourhood - lampposts, grocery stores, etc.

Please tell/invite your friends.

Region hires expensive lawyer

Durham Region has hired one of the most expensive lawyers in Toronto to defend them against our challenge on the zoning of the property.

This is confirmation that our action is on the right track - that our case is strong and theirs is weak.

Tens of thousands of your tax dollars will be used to try to defeat a legitimate and well-founded action by a local community group. Is that what democracy is all about?

Our first court date is still Sept 23 in the Oshawa Courthouse. This will be formalities only - the real action is unlikely to happen before November. We will be able to bring you an update at the public meeting.

Article on Waste Diversion/Zero Waste by DC Pres. printed in Orono Times

The Sept. 4, 2011 edition of the Orono Weekly Times included an article written by DurhamCLEAR President, Doug Anderson.

The article is titled 'If not Incineration, then what?' and was inspired by the oft-repeated official line that incineration is the only alternative to landfill.

The article is reprinted here

Court Date Set - Sept. 23

The initial court hearing in our challenge of the zoning for the incinerator site has been set for Friday, Sept. 23, 9:30 am at Durham Region Courthouse in Oshawa. Further information will be posted here  as the date approaches.

For more information on the case and our legal team, please refer to our earlier story: Legal action commenced against incinerator.

Donate Now Now that the date is set, our fundraising efforts are more important than ever. Receipts to date are on track but we still have a long way to go.

Our lawyers have told us to expect a minimum of $15,000, but we're aiming for $25,000 in order to have a substantial cushion.

Demonstrations serve an important purpose but in themselves cannot stop this project. We need a well-funded legal challenge to carry the momentum into the courtroom.

Great turnout! Great coverage!

Thanks to all those who came out to demonstrate at the ground-breaking for the incinerator. I think we made our point that the fight is not only not over but stronger than ever. Carola Vyhnak (Toronto Star) told me there were more people on the outside than inside.

If you weren't able to come, then check out the media stories we generated - the best coverage we have ever received. CTV invested huge resources to the story (live satellite transmission plus their helicopter)

With the exception of Metroland (what else would you expect?) all of the stories put the greater emphasis on the opposition and the protest.


Residents angry over garbage plan


Protesters show up at incinerator groundbreaking event in Courtice

Toronto Star

Angry protesters disrupt Durham incinerator groundbreaking

Metroland (This Week, etc.)

Durham breaks ground on controversial incinerator

Oshawa Express

Anger over 'invite-only' decision

CBC (French)

Incinérateur à Clarington : des manifestants perturbent le début des travaux

Join us Tomorrow (Wed) at the Incinerator site

It's important to get lots of people out. I have talked to several media including CBC National News. This is our best opportunity yet for good coverage. 

  • When: Wednesday, Aug 17 10:00am to 2:00 (critical time will be about 10:45 - 12:30 - that will catch all the dignitaries as they arrive and most of them as they leave.
  • Where: Osborne Rd at the entrance of the water treatment plant (access via Solina Rd - Osborne is closed for construction) see parking info below.
  • Bring yourself, bring all your friends
  • Bring signs if you have one or can make one
  • Bring Sunscreen & water bottles - It is supposed t be sunny and warm
  • Have fun!

I visited the site Monday afternoon and here's what's happening.

The Region has levelled and built a site for their tents (one was already erected) just N of the railway tracks across from the water treatment plant. They've also leveled off a parking lot, put in gravel and built an access road off the lane from the water plant. (So how much did all this cost?)

As some have already pointed out, Osborne Rd is closed due to construction (sewers, etc.) so the access to the groundbreaking will be S from the Service Rd on Solina Rd. (1st east of Osborne) and then west on Osborne. They were fixing the potholes while I was there.

Parking close to the site will be a problem for us. There is limited parking along the side of the road but with the rain and fresh gravel, some of the shoulders are soft. For most of us the best place to park will be the parking lots for the playing fields on Solina. From there is is about a half mile walk on gravel (wear appropriate shoes). 

More Media Coverage

Toronto Metro News

August 11th: Critics plan to crash trash party

Metroland (This Week, etc.)

August 10th: Lawsuit against Durham incinerator delayed


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