Councillors Heard From 60 Speakers

Councillors Heard From 60 Speakers

Councillors heard from some 60 speakers during the course of the day and the evening Tuesday June 16. Speakers covered a variety of topics related to health, finances, greenhouse gases, risk assessment, labour issues and appeals to moral choices. Councillors listened politely and attentively. Perhaps not Councillor Johnson, though.

Speaking At Council Meetings

Speaking at council meetings — it's called "making a delegation" — is the best way to get the message to councillors. It shows them that you care enough about the issue to take time off work, arrange for daycare or change your plans for the day.

Register to speak at the June 24th Council meeting:
Register by Monday morning June 22nd 9:00am
By phone 905-668-7711 (toll free 1-800-372-1102) or by email clerks@durham.ca

Prepare your talk

Councillor Contact Info

The attached information sheet (PDF format) gives all the available contact information for regional and local councillors in Durham Region. Office, home and fax numbers and email addresses are routinely published by the councillors themselves during their election campaigns, and it is understood that you can contact them outside regular office hours.

Please let them know you are concerned about the incinerator project and urge them to stop it and work on safer, healthier and more sustainable alternatives.

Youtube Video Says It All

Please share this video. Posted by Isaac Ransom.


Petitions and Sign-On Campaigns

A number of petitions and sign-on campaigns surrounding incineration and Zero Waste have been circulated. We feel it's important to put your name to them because it gives a sense that we are not alone in opposing harmful projects and advocating for a better future.

Stop the Durham-York Incinerator
More info at DurhamEnvironmentWatch.org and this web site.

Prevent Cancer NOW sign-on statement to phase out existing incinerators and ban future incineration projects.
See also the PCN Incineration Toolkit to find out more about incineration and the health risks.

Press Release - Green Party Leader Opposes Incinerator Project

Media Release
For Immediate Release
May 20, 2009

Opposition to the Proposed Durham/York P3 Incinerator is Gaining Steam

OTTAWA--Durham York residents are rallying together this week in
opposition to a P3 (Public Private Partnership) incinerator proposal
that would handle municipal waste from as far away as Toronto. The
proposed site for the incinerator, which has a projected lifespan of
25 years, is less than a kilometre from the shores of Lake Ontario.
The incineration process creates toxic fly ash which must then be
transported to a facility in New York State.

“This incineration proposal is a recipe for an environmental
disaster,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May. “People need to remember
that burning waste does not make it disappear. It turns into toxic
emissions that then contaminate the surrounding area.”

What you might be seeing from the Darlington Soccer Fields

What you might be seeing from the Darlington Soccer Fields

This is page 41 from the Visual Impact Study document released Saturday May 9 by the EFW incinerator consultants. Like we needed the arrow to figure out where it was...

Clarington Council Meets To Consider Host Community Agreement

May 15 2009 - 9:00am
May 15 2009 - 11:00am
Etc/GMT-4

Clarington Council did not decide anything on the Host Community Agreement (HCA) at its Monday May 11 meeting. Instead, administrator Frank Wu delivered an update to his report on the negotiations at 7pm, just as council was starting their meeting. The pressure is on for Clarington to reverse its stance as "unwilling host community", as this would remove a significant obstacle to approval of the incinerator. The HCA is a contract that sets out what Clarington gets in return for hosting the incinerator for the next 25 to 30 years.

Local councillors objected to this "ambush" and postponed the decision to a later meeting. Unfortunately, it was scheduled during the daytime when it's harder for people to make the time to attend. If you are able to take time during the day, come out to this meeting to show that the health of our community must not be compromised for pavement and sewer pipes.

Clarington Municipal Building (Bowmanville Town Hall)
40 Temperance St. Bowmanville [MAP]
Friday May 15, 9:00am to 11:00am (end time is just a guess)

Press Conference: Durham P3 Incinerator "…smells like an environmental and fiscal disaster."

May 11 2009 - 10:00am
May 11 2009 - 11:00am
Etc/GMT-4

There will be a press conference on the steps of Clarington Town Hall in Bowmanville Monday May 11th at 10:00 a.m.

Please see the Media Advisory below. CUPE Ontario is working with local groups to stop the incineration project so that Durham could move towards safer, less financially risky and more sustainable materials/waste management solutions.

It is very important that people who have flexible schedules attend the press conference at 10:00 a.m.

Clarington Council Meets To Consider Host Community Agreement

May 11 2009 - 7:00pm
May 11 2009 - 11:00pm
Etc/GMT-4

Mayor Abernethy placed a notice of motion on Clarington Council's agenda for Monday May 11 to rescind Clarington's decision to be "unwilling host" to the Durham incinerator and to accept the Host Community Agreement (HCA). The HCA is a contract that sets out what Clarington gets in return for hosting the incinerator for the next 25 to 30 years.

Come out to this meeting to show that the health of our community must not be compromised for pavement and sewer pipes.

Clarington Municipal Building (Bowmanville Town Hall)
40 Temperance St. Bowmanville [MAP]
Monday May 11, 7:00pm to 11:00pm

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