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Water wells closed in Cambridge following jet fuel spill on Hwy. 401

The contamination from the crash — which dumped 50,000 litres of jet fuel, some of it spilling into Mill Creek and reaching Cambridge’s eastern edge — is believed to be contained upstream. CAMBRIDGE — The Region of Waterloo has closed five municipal water wells in Cambridge as it deals […] Click here to view original […]

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Local activists, politicians voice concerns about Greenbelt, water protection with Bill 66

Mono Councillor Fred Nix stands at one of the town’s well heads, explaining that Bill 66, Ontario’s Open for Business Act allows for industrial development bylaws which undermine some water protections like those on municipal wells. – Alexandra Heck/Metroland Mono Councillor Fred Nix stands at one of the town’s […] Click here to view original […]

Walkerton Wants Out Of Bill 66 Discussion

Brockton Mayor doesn’t like Walkerton’s name being linked to Bill 66. It’s been nineteen years since the Walkerton Ecoli Tragedy, and despite a lot of hard work, growth and progress, the Town cannot seem to escape the infamy of the Walkerton water disaster. Brockton Mayor Chris Peabody is taking […] Click here to view original […]

Lawyers Slam Doug Ford Government’s Move To Let Cities Ignore Environmental Rules

Premier Doug Ford read his notes during the first ministers meeting in Montreal on Dec. 7, 2018. TORONTO—Environmental lawyers are slamming Ontario’s government for introducing new legislation which they call “the biggest and most significant environmental rollback to occur in a generation.” The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) made […] Click here to view original […]

Tories’ bill could punch factory-sized holes in the Greenbelt

During the 2018 election campaign, the Tories promised to “protect the Greenbelt in its entirety.” ( Queen’s Park has shut down until February, but before MPPs headed home, the Progressive Conservative government introduced one final piece of legislation: Bill 66, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act . Its 12 schedules […] Click here to view original […]

Hamilton and Burlington mayors won’t sacrifice greenbelt for Ford’s open for business bill

The Greenbelt is a swath of protected wetland, forest and farmland that surround the GTHA, moving north to the Bruce Peninsula. (Friends of the Greenbelt) The mayors of both Hamilton and Burlington say they’re not interested in new “open for business” legislation if it means sacrificing land in Ontario’s […] Click here to view original […]

Burlington Vows to Protect its Land From Doug Ford

The City of Burlington has responded to the provincial government’s Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 . This bill was tabled by the provincial government on Dec. 6, 2018. According to a recent press release from the City of Burlington, if passed this bill would allow municipalities to, […] Click here to view original […]

New development bill raises concerns of another Walkerton water disaster

Bruce Davidson says he’s distressed by provisions in the provincial government’s proposed Bill 66 that could allow for environmental protections to be “bypassed” in the name of development. Davidson lived through the Walkerton water disaster 18 years ago that saw E. coli in the town’s water kill seven people […] Click here to view original […]

Chloride levels are rising in Waterloo Region drinking water

For years doctors have been warning patients to reduce their salt intake. Now environmentalists are expressing similar concerns regarding the amount of salt being used on sidewalks, roads, parking lots and driveways. The chloride found in road salt is seeping into both surface water — like creeks, streams, rivers and melted ice — as well […]

Source water protection plan of the Thames-Sydenham region is on target

The source water protection plan of the Thames-Sydenham region is on target two years after it was put into effect. The local plan, which took effect at the end of 2015, involves the conservation authorities for the Lower Thames Valley, the St. Clair Region and the Upper Thames River. It looks at ways to protect water at […]