Rally at Queens Park

A coalition of citizens and NGOs from Durham Region, Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario held a rally at Queen's Park to tell the Ontario government that incineration is not a sensible solution to our growing waste problem. Speakers addressed the current situation in Durham Region and the ambiguous stance of the Ontario government.

Video from the Rogers Cable TV Durham (channels 10 and 63), Thu May 13 2010

SPEAKERS:
Peter Tabuns, Ontario NDP environment critic;
Linda Gasser, Prevent Cancer Now! incineration campaign coordinator;
Dave Martin, Greenpeace Canada policy advisor;
Heather Marshall, Toronto Environmental Alliance waste campaigner;
Rod Muir, Sierra Club Ontario waste campaigner;
Willie Woo and Ron Hooper, Municipality of Clarington councillors;
Liz Benneian, Oakvillegreen Conservation Association president;
Mike Schreiner, Green Party of Ontario leader;
Marianne Else, Council of Canadians Simcoe Region;
(MC – Dave Renaud, CAW Durham Region Environmental Council).

BACKGROUND (See complete backgrounder)
The Ontario Minister of the Environment, Hon. John Gerretsen is expected to make a decision shortly on the environmental assessment for a proposed waste incinerator in Durham Region. If approved, this would be the first new municipal waste incinerator in Ontario in over 20 years. Opponents of garbage burning are worried that if approved, it could be the first of many in southern Ontario and elsewhere in Canada.

Durham residents have strongly criticized the EA study for its errors, omissions, gaps and inconsistencies. They propose instead a "zero waste" approach (a drastic reduction of waste quantities generated and aggressive diversion tactics) as being safer, sustainable and more cost effective. Zero waste is also consistent with Minister Gerretsen’s recent discussion paper and what progressive municipalities such as the Town of Markham adopted several years ago.

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