Delegation Speakers at Council Meeting Today Wed June 24th

10:43pm Chris Fortin (last delegation) did his own research: many incinerator projects in the U.S. have been abandoned, many municipalities have adopted zero waste plans. If a European energy from waste association can invite Dr. Paul Connett, long time advocate for zero waste, to speak at their conference, the region could be a bit more open minded. Don't pounce on this quick fix.

10:35 Richard Ward (#77) short wrap up.

10:34pm - Bert Kortekaas says criticism is hard to take, especially if you agree with it — yeah, I should have done better. He brought it home by illustrating what it would feel like to hear news of a child with a life threatening illness.

10:25pm - Angie Hamilton (#75) wraps up the situation elegantly. Brought 26 people with her that she recruited in the last six days - what does that promise for the next round of municipal elections? "You guys have already made up your minds, but here today I learned something!"
"If you vote for the incinerator, you're going to get a headache"
(The only person I know who can call Durham Region Chairman Roger Anderson "dude" --Louis)

10:15 - Five delegations left. There will be a break at the end of the delegations, then we move into the decision making part of the meeting.

10:10pm - Trisha Hyland (#73). If it's such a safe thing, why is Clarington the only willing host? No other municipality rushing to host this. Acceptable risk... To whom? Are we going to take Peterborough garbage? She thought this was a Durham solution. She also read out a letter from an activist in New York state who is working against re-permitting of a Covanta plant there. Western New York has problems with toxic dumps and is concerned with receiving toxic ash in NY. Coun. Nicholson suggests that the "made in Durham" solution may also include municipalities like Kawartha Lakes, Orillia or Northumberland.

10:03pm - Brenda Cross (#72) just can't sleep worrying about the implications of building an incinerator. Urges a six month delay, if not outright shutdown of the project.

9:45pm - Ashley Bridgeman (#71) is reading names of people on whose behalf she is speaking. Quite a long list, from all over Durham Region, and even from as far as Georgetown. Knocks the landfill argument in Pickering argument out of the picture. Objections to landfill were understandable — at the time. Also takes a shot at the Ajax incinerator/steam plant, which was sold for $1 (so much for the residual value in the business case).

9:25 Ivan Bateman (# 69) explained how the tug-of-war between recycling and incineration in terms of the heat value from the waste used as fuel. If the fraction of plastic drops too much, let's say because we don't use plastic bags any more, the combustion will require additional fuel, like natural gas. That would defeat the purpose of building an "energy from waste" plant.

9:13pm - Paul Kuebler (#63), environmental manager with experience in air modelling, environmental assessment and Ministry of the Environment Certificates of Operation. Concerned about Covanta's operating record. His company has been operating for 15 years, never been fined, never been charged, demands the same of suppliers. "I would have been fired", he says of Covanta's record. The power, on a megawatt per megawatt basis, burning garbage releases more lead and mercury than this incinerator would. You don't know what goes in, you can't expect to know what comes out. Councillor Nicholson asking for his expertise on some of the meteorological data and model data used by the Region's consultants. Councillor Jordan asking about effects on water, that were not modelled by consultants.

8:54pm - Nadia McLean-Gagnon (#62) is wearing another recycled material creation by her fashion class kids at Ecole Secondaire Catholique Saint Charles Garnier. We residents and activists are held to strict facts but proponents can spread myths about fireworks. We need real leadership.
Partnered with Nadia is Patrick Richardson (15 years old) - speaking on behalf of those who can't speak. "Acceptable risk"? "Is it acceptable that when I grow up I will face these risks?". Long term effect on my generation - p---ed off, and no longer trust government. We feel that we are your lab rats. "If you know teenagers, you know that we are easily discouraged and look for the easy answers. I guess we have something in common".
Patrick got a round of applause, and Anderson did NOT shut it down.

8:45pm - Dianne Cross (#58) spent some time recently in the pediatric oncology dept. at Sick Kids in Toronto. This is a preventable tragedy, same as Walkerton.

8:25pm - Covanta still taking questions from councillors. Tough questions, finally. (details shortly as I go through my notes --Louis Bertrand).

7:45pm - Covanta makes its delegation. Creampuff questions from the pro-incineration councillors.

6:25pm - Dinner break for one hour. The meeting will carry on after the break.

6:15pm - Chai Kalevar (#54) says the area already has a problem with radioactive waste from Pickering and Darlington nuclear generating stations. Some 60 years into the nuclear age, we still don't know what to do with the waste. North America produces twice the CO2 emissions from energy production as Europe, so why are we making more? Our survival on the planet is at stake.

5:47pm - Andrew Hyland (#48) (and his team of consultants — you had to be there) detailed the many labour and environmental violations attributed to Covanta.

5:22pm - James & Cathrine McKeever, speaking in favour of the incinerator. Apparently, Mr. McKeever didn't know last week that incinerators produce ash. Now he suggests giving ash away to St Marys Cement to use in making portland cement. Ms. McKeever is suggesting that we don't need to import garbage, we should instead just empty dumps and burn the old stuff.

5:12pm - Mark Brooks (#37), Utility Workers Union of America, just finished. He spoke about the hostile attitudes of Covanta Energy to his union's local 369 at the SEMASS plant in Braintree MA, as well as another union that organized five or six plants in the USA. The union has taken Covanta to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board over provisions in its employee handbook that intimidate workers from forming a union.

4:30pm - Joan Kerr (#34) - Beyond recycling, the 3Rs. Beyond the 3Rs, precycling and buy-cotting — buying the right things to avoid waste. She showed a 4-minute video of a re-purposing contest, where people built new things out of old stuff. The contestants showed a lot of creativity.

4:10pm - Don Constable, Greenpath Eco Group (to be completed shortly)

4:00pm - Louis Bertrand (#29) appealed to councillors to block the incinerator because of the unequivocal evidence of climate change, and the dire consequences of not doing anything.

3:50pm - Linda Gasser (#28) is concerned that there is no peer review for the 400,000 tonnes/year scenario report issued June 12. The peer review by Dr. Smith and Mr. Wilson is only for the 140,000 tonnes case, and it would be "uninformed and premature" to proceed. She suggests a process used by the 407 East team, to hold a 5-week pre-submission review period. Last week, Mayor Pierce said the peer reviewer said "it is safe", however the full quote is much more qualified. She examined some of the addenda to the Request For Proposals and found that there is a bonus that will not be paid out if there are emission exceedances to emission standards. "What kind of of disincentive is that?", she asks. Finally, referring to Chair Anderson's talk of fireworks emissions on Talk Politics last week, she asks that if such a myth is spouted in public, what have councillors been told in private?

3:10pm - Gregory Ward (#20) drew the analogy with the exaggerated claims by the tobacco industry in the 1950s and 1960s.

3:01pm - Doug Anderson (#17), Whitby. Started top ten list of reasons why the incinerator is bad. His number 1 is the terribly uneven playing field in favour of incineration — follow the money, he says.

2:50pm - Colleen Fodor (#16) gave an emotional story about her children's personal struggle with asthma, describing what it's like to struggle for breath through a straw, and showing all the medication they have to take. Hopefully not a dry eye in council chambers. Coun. Drumm (Whitby) came out of chambers as she was leaving to give her a big thank you hug.

2:43pm - Karen Buck (#14), long term community activist from Toronto, discussing specific health effects and pathways for persistent organic pollutants and metals. She suggested that for heavily burdened airshed, the Ontario government should step in, as it did for protection of the Lake Simcoe watershed.

1:30pm - Dave Renaud (speaking before #11, because of the shuffle), CAW Durham Regional Environment Committee, also representing Chris Buckley, CAW Local 222 and Ken Lewenza, national president of the CAW. Dave presented the resolution by the Canadian Labour Congress against incineration at the national level. CAW DREC held two information forums about incineration. Unions are against incineration because the alternatives are extended producer responsibility, diversion and reuse of resources. They offer the hope of sustainable green jobs and healthier workplaces.

Councillor McLean (Pickering) trotted out the News Advertiser article last Thursday, which Dave qualified as "an info-mercial". Councillor Jordan (Ajax) asking about alternate uses for the federal gas tax allocation, as opposed to allocating it all to the incinerator.

1:20pm - Council meeting resumes. Shuffling the order briefly to fit people. Dr. Debra Jefferson (before #11 because of the shuffle) is speaking now. Many councillors still not back from lunch.

Dr. Jefferson is concerned about the additional burden of air pollution on an already polluted airshed in the area. The Region's department of health needs additional staffing and expertise to monitor the air quality in the area because the risk assessment is complex and the actual emissions could be . She is also speaking on behalf of several doctors and medical practitioners (and named them).

12:30pm - Lunch break until 1:00pm (oops - that was 1:00pm)

12:15 - Tia Woodcroft's delegation refers to an email from one councillor who said he checked into her background - clearly an invasion of her privacy. She is angry, she says, but not intimidated.

11:30am - Wyman MacKinnon, CUPE Ontario, speaking on behalf of Sid Ryan. P3 - public-private partnerships - don't work. The private partner has no commitment to the public and could sell the contract and move on at any time, leaving the public holding the bag.

10:44am - We begin hearing from the delegations. There are over 70 registered.

10:42am - Chairman Anderson announced that there will be a lunch break 12:30 to 1:30pm, then a break at 3:30, and dinner 6:20pm to 7:20pm. Use this information to plan for the best use of your time to attend when you can and avoid idle times.

10:24am - Councillor Rick Johnson just asked Works Commissioner Cliff Curtis about a press release yesterday about an award that Durham Region won. Commissioner Curtis said it was for its move toward "sustainability" by working on incineration. There were coughs from the audience. Incidently, Councillor Nicholson just pointed out that the association is MWIN, and Durham Region and its incineration consultants are members.

10:16am - Meeting convened at 10am. They are dealing with announcements, minutes and correspondence.

There are only about 100 people in the audience, and a few of these are industry reps. Please take the time today to attend the meeting, even if only for a few hours.

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