Clarington Signs Host Community Agreement

The Municipality of Clarington and Durham Region have signed the Host Community Agreement (HCA), the contract that states what Clarington gets for hosting the Durham incinerator for the 25 (or more) years it is planned to operate.

The story of the HCA merits attention because council voted against finding out what the municipality's solicitor had to say about it, after administrator Frank Wu said he over-rode the lawyer's concerns. Follow the story in two news reports by Jennifer Stone in Clarington This Week. See the links below.

Who wouldn't want to know if there were problems with a contract that binds the municipality for 25 years? What was the rush to approve the contract while the environmental assessment is still before the provincial Ministry of the Environment?

The full text of the HCA is here, in printable PDF format.

  • Clarington councillors seek a legal opinion on incinerator
    Why was lawyer concerned about incinerator agreement, they ask
    Feb 23, 2010 - 04:00 PM
    BY JENNIFER STONE
    CLARINGTON -- The Municipality's lawyer had concerns about the host community agreement, signed last week, between Clarington and Durham on the proposed incinerator, but those concerns were over-ridden by CAO Franklin Wu, councillors heard.
  • Clarington council won't seek legal opinion after all
    Flip-flop on decision from last week
    Mar 02, 2010 - 02:57 PM
    BY JENNIFER STONE
    CLARINGTON -- Council no longer wishes to hear what concerns its lawyer may have had about the host community agreement on the proposed incinerator.
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