Remember the battle to stop the Site 41 landfill in Simcoe County? Writing in the fall of 2009 Joe Friesen characterized it this way:
After 25 years of fruitless opposition, it appeared as though the people would never vanquish the mighty defenders of the dump, a scarred parcel of land called Site 41. Until one day they did, in one fell swoop banishing the memory of disappointing protests past.
Well, it seems that the “world’s purest groundwater” is again threatened this time by a quarry expansion in the Waverly Uplands which happens to be the “recharge area for this pristine aquifer in Simcoe County, Ontario.”
Why does short term commercial gain seem to take precedent over our long term health and well-being?
According to Mark Calzavara’s post on the Council of Canadians blog last week, it’s because the “regulations governing quarries and gravel pits are badly skewed in favour of the industry and communities have little influence in the approvals process.” This has got to change.
It’s great to see this again has the support of the Council of Canadians. They were instrumental in this fight with Maude Barlow, who “sat in the front row” with her documentary crew, helping to raise an awareness that led to a 22-10 victory when Simcoe County held their vote.
It’s 10 years later and we’ll have to fight and “do it again!” Are you ready?
Send your support to to the Council of Canadians for this and the many other campaigns they are fighting for to ensure we have a future worth living.