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Premier urged to declare Site 41 moratorium

Douglas Glynn

PERKINSFIELD - Tiny Township Council is asking Premier Dalton McGuinty to declare a one-year moratorium on construction at dump Site 41.

A motion by Deputy Mayor George Lawrence and Coun. Andre Claire asking the Premier to act was unanimously supported at Monday's council meeting.

The motion cites council's concerns about "outstanding environmental issues," including the protection and conservation of groundwater at the site. There remains," it says, "a community-wide concern regarding a number of unsatisfactorily answered site design questions."

In asking the Premier to act, council joins a growing number of individuals, organizations and municipalities that have registered their opposition to the project.

The motion also notes there is an outstanding appeal concerning the site to Ontario's Ombudsman by the former chair of the Community Monitoring Committee (Ray Millar).

When he was in Barrie last week, MCGuinty said Site 41 opponents shouldn't look to his office for help. "The best advice we are getting," the Premier reportedly said, "is we can do this (Site 41) in a way that does not compromise the environment."

In another development, Mayor Peggy Breckenridge has asked County Warden Tony Guergis to call a special meeting of county council to deal with the escalating situation at the dump site.

"The messaging coming out of the County is only serving to enrage everyone," says an email she sent Guergis last Friday.

"Today, the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations is announcing that they will hold a protest on July 25.

"Yesterday, due to the cancellation of the CMC meeting I was forced to call a special meeting of my council as the CMC members announced they were going to hold the meeting anyway in our township building.

"It is time to have a frank discussion with all of Simcoe County council," the email says. She suggests the meeting might be held under the procedural bylaw and, because it would deal with the security of county property, could be held in-camera.

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