Incinerator School - March 23, 2011

When a motion was passed at Regional Council that councillors should have an "educational session" to bring them up to steam on all the complexities of the Courtice garbage incinerator, DurhamCLEAR president Doug Anderson requested at a joint committee meeting that that session be opened up to representatives of DurhamCLEAR and ZeroWaste 4 ZeroBurning so that they could present the contrary view concerning the incinerator. No invitation was received.

To ensure that councillors had access to both sides of the story. DurhamCLEAR decided to hold its own educational session and invite all the councillors as well as regional staff and consultants and representatives of Covanta.

Councillor Shawn Collier arranged that we could use the River Plate Room in Ajax Town Hall and the "Incinerator School" was held on the afternoon of March 23.

Seven regional councillors attended - Shawn Collier from Ajax, Peter Rodrigues and Jennifer O'Connell from Pickering, and Nancy Diamond, John Henry, John Neal and Bob Chapman from Oshawa. In addition, local councillors Joe Neal, Corrinna Traill and Ron Hooper attended from Clarington along with Pat Brown from Ajax and Bruce Wood from Oshawa.

Several other individuals were in attendance but no representatives of the Region, the consultants or Covanta.

The following presentations were made. You can download and/or view the powerpoints by clicking on the titles:

Support Clean Air - Stand Up Against Incineration in Clarington/Durham!!!

This Saturday, March 5, 2011 - 1:00 sharp - 2:00 pm

Bring your family and friends to the Courtice Community Complex (2950 Courtice Road - 1 block N of Hwy 2)

This event coincides with the Durham Waste Fair (10 am-3 pm)

Show the world that Clarington/Durham does not want this incinerator!

Organized by a coalition of concerned citizen groups including Durham Environment Watch, ZeroWaste4Zeroburning and DurhamCLEAR

Change the Channel

DurhamCLEAR is engaged in 2 principal projects at the moment.

The first is the fight to stop the incinerator in Courtice. For that campaign we have a separate campaign website,, from which you can send already addressed and formatted emails to various Ministers in the provincial government. Another aspect of this campaign is signs which read "Say NO to Incineration" which you can request for your front lawn by clicking HERE.

The 2nd project is a more general campaign to change the politics of Durham Region by electing candidates to local and Regional Councils who share our progressive views towards the environment. Every candidate in the Oct. 25 municipal election has received an extensive questionnaire on a wide range of environmental issues. Their answers are posted at where everybody can read them. As of mid August more than 90 candidates have responded. In mid September we will post our ratings of the candidates

New Environment Minister appointed

Premier Dalton McGuinty has seen fit to replace his Environment Minister.

John Wilkinson was most recently the Minister of Revenue where he most recently shepherded the HST into existence with virtually no backlash.

Whether his appointment is a good thing or not remains to be seen as he has virtually no track record on environmental issues. We can hope that this indicates a blank slate with a willingness to listen.

We are currently preparing letters for the website which will be addressed to the new minister.

Queen's Park Message Delivered

Video clip provided by Marianne Else of the Simcoe Chapter of the Council of Canadians

We did it!

We got a couple of hundred people together at Queen's Park to tell the Ontario government that an incinerator in Courtice is a bad idea.

For more pictures, CLICK HERE

We had speakers from numerous organizations and various parts of the province.

In order:

  • Linda Gasser, representing Prevent Cancer Now
  • Peter Tabuns, NDP Energy and Environment critic
  • Dave Martin, Greenpeace
  • Heather Marshall - Waste campaigner for the Toronto Environmental Alliance
  • Rod Muir, Waste reduction campaigner for Sierra Club of Canada
  • Willie Woo & Ron Hooper, Clarington councillors
  • Liz Benneian, president of the Oakvillegreen Conservation Association
  • Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
  • Marianne Else, Simcoe Region Chapter, Council of Canadians (Site 41)

In addition:

Rally Day Information

All Hands Required for Queen's Park Incineration Rally

Planning for the Queen's Park Rally on May 13th is taking shape. If you would like to help with one of the committees that is planning this, please email Pam Callus.

Buses will be provided without charge. They will be leaving from convenient assembly points in Durham Region about 9:30 am and returning about 2 pm.

We need as many people as possible to attend - we will not turn anyone away, however our busing cost per seat is about $7. This does not cover signs or any other costs.  We expect some expenses will be covered by donations from the CAW.

We hope that you will consider a donation to cover your own participation as well as others.

Please register by clicking one of the buttons in the box on the left. Information about assembly points will be forwarded to the email address you provide.

Public Meeting Major Success

The Public meeting on March 2 at Faith United Church was a big success - well attended and well covered. The Toronto Star published an article the following day. click here

'Big Tent' Environmental Advocacy Organization Formed

DurhamCLEAR has been formed as a 'big tent' advocacy organization to focus on an evolving range of environmental and related issues in Durham Region.

It is intended to bring the numbers and resources of a large organization to bear on 'local' issues.

Public Meeting March 2

The incinerator is not dead yet. It's still alive and it's five minutes to midnight. Please attend the Public Meeting at Faith United Church on Nash Road in Courtice on March 2. It starts at 7pm and features a number of speakers who will provide the facts about this project.

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