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A Big Thank you!

As you probably know, the hearings concluded December 18th, 2020.

During the past year, Action Champlain and our team of lawyers and experts have worked to update and consolidate the defense elements. We cannot give any details, for obvious reasons, but we can say that our preparation is solid and, as you already know, we have very good lawyers and experts in rural planning and other fields of expertise.

It must be said that, if we are in such a good position today, it is thanks to the strong mobilization of our community, to our unwavering desire not to see this cement project ruin our quality of life and our health, our environment and the future of our children. This extraordinary citizen mobilization involves more than a thousand signatures, thousands of hours devoted by each and every one to find out about the facts, to discuss the issues together and to express our opinions. Just think of the milestone launch of the No Cement Plant in L’Orignal by Action Champlain campaign, with 500 people at the L’Orignal church.

Support for our cause has also come from neighboring communities, on both sides of this jewel that we share, the Ottawa River: citizens, but also environmental defenders and many elected officials at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. There is also the invaluable contribution in services by local resources, citizens and businesses. Finally, it is the financial contribution of this large community, to the tune of $ 400,000, which allows us to cover the legal and expert fees for the defense of our cause.

Clearly, there is no social acceptability with regard to this L’Orignal cement plant project of which, should be remembered, goes against a number of policies, laws, guidelines, regulations, official plans, etc.

But the UCPR decided to ignore not only the massive rejection of the project expressed by the population within the framework of the public consultation, but also the decision of the Township of Champlain to refuse the project on its territory because it is incompatible with the existing zoning and contrary to its zoning by-law.

The announcement of this project and then this arbitrary decision caused a still tangible shock in the community, of course, but we remained strong and more than ever determined to uphold the Township of Champlain's decision to reject the project.

We can be proud of all that we have accomplished collectively and individually to protect the character and assets of this beautiful region where we have chosen to live.

A big thank you to all for your commitment and solidarity.

Action Champlain

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LPAT audiences ended Dec 18th,2020

Updated December 18th, 2020

The hearings in front of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT, formerly known as OMB) took place November 9th to November 25th, with the exception of November 11th, then December 10,11,16,18th.


Dec 18th hearing will be available on YouTube probably till Dec 19th or later.

           Select YouTube

This will give you the option to 2 new links - one to follow in English, one to follow in French. Suggest to look at French muted (it has full screen), and listen to English.

 

Chairperson Robinson can now take 3 months or more to render his decision, well informed. 

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Our cause elsewhere on the Web

2020-12-09 Interview in French on Unique FM

2020-11-26 Ici Radio-Canada: Projet de cimenterie à L’Orignal : le dossier sera bientôt pris en délibéré 

2020-11-26 EAP: Expert witness questions Colacem cement plant noise report

2020-11-25 EAP: Expert witness questions Colacem cement plant noise report

2020-11-24 The Review: Dust and sound discussed during past week at Colacem LPAT hearing

2020-11-19 EAP: Hearing begins on Colacem cement plant proposal

2020-11-17 TFO: Le Tribunal se penche sur l'Avenir du Projet de Cimenterie à l'Orignal

2020-11-16 La Presse: Un projet de cimenterie sème l’inquiétude en Ontario

2020-11-12 Le Droit: Le sort de la cimenterie de L’Orignal entre les mains du TAAL

2020-11-10 The Review: LPAT hearing into proposed L’Orignal cement plant begins

2020-11-04 EAP: Colacem cement plant project hearing November 9

2020-11-03 The Review: Letter to the Editor -Democracy on the rocks

2020-10-28 Vankleek Hill Nature Society

2020-10-23 EAP: Audience virtuelle prévue sur la proposition de cimenterie

2020-10-19 The Review: Cement plant hearing to begin November 9, and the public can watch and listen

2020-2-22 NCPR: Cement plant case closer to being heard in eastern Ontario

2018-10-11: Ici Radio-Canada: Élections municipales à Champlain : le projet de cimenterie de Colacem en toile de fond 

2018-8-30 Ici Radio Canada: Projet de cimenterie à L'Orignal : le manque de personnel bilingue ralentit la tenue d'audiences

2018-3-17 The Review: The $50,000 answer: That’s what Action Champlain got from Champlain Township

2017-6-14 Ici Radio Canada: Un autre vote en faveur du projet de cimenterie à L'Orignal

2017-5-19 Ici Radio-Canada: Des résidents questionnent huit maires sur le projet de cimenterie à L'Orignal

2017-5-18 UCPR Ongoing Amendement No.30

2017-2-25 Ici Radio-Canada: Le canton de Champlain dit non au projet de cimenterie

2017-2-17 Ici Radio-Canada: Projet de cimenterie à L'Orignal : le débat se déplace devant la Commission des affaires municipales de l'Ontario

2017-1-25: The Review: Champlain Township council votes against cement company

2017-1-25 Ici Radio-Canada: Le canton de Champlain dit non au projet de cimenterie

2016-5-4 Ici Radio-Canada: Colacem en mode séduction à L'Orignal

2016 Comments rec'd by Ministry of Environment on Colacem

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Update on Action Champlain to combat UCPR's decision - April 27, 2017

Action Champlain wishes to inform all residents of the Township of Champlain and the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (CUPR) of the steps taken to combat the decision to approve the Amendment No. 30 of CUPR’s Official Plan, an amendment requested by Colacem Canada Inc. to enable it to construct a cement plant on land adjacent to its quarry on the Country Road # 17.

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A Big Thank you!

As you probably know, the hearings concluded December 18th, 2020.

During the past year, Action Champlain and our team of lawyers and experts have worked to update and consolidate the defense elements. We cannot give any details, for obvious reasons, but we can say that our preparation is solid and, as you already know, we have very good lawyers and experts in rural planning and other fields of expertise.

It must be said that, if we are in such a good position today, it is thanks to the strong mobilization of our community, to our unwavering desire not to see this cement project ruin our quality of life and our health, our environment and the future of our children. This extraordinary citizen mobilization involves more than a thousand signatures, thousands of hours devoted by each and every one to find out about the facts, to discuss the issues together and to express our opinions. Just think of the milestone launch of the No Cement Plant in L’Orignal by Action Champlain campaign, with 500 people at the L’Orignal church.

Support for our cause has also come from neighboring communities, on both sides of this jewel that we share, the Ottawa River: citizens, but also environmental defenders and many elected officials at the federal, provincial and municipal levels. There is also the invaluable contribution in services by local resources, citizens and businesses. Finally, it is the financial contribution of this large community, to the tune of $ 400,000, which allows us to cover the legal and expert fees for the defense of our cause.

Clearly, there is no social acceptability with regard to this L’Orignal cement plant project of which, should be remembered, goes against a number of policies, laws, guidelines, regulations, official plans, etc.

But the UCPR decided to ignore not only the massive rejection of the project expressed by the population within the framework of the public consultation, but also the decision of the Township of Champlain to refuse the project on its territory because it is incompatible with the existing zoning and contrary to its zoning by-law.

The announcement of this project and then this arbitrary decision caused a still tangible shock in the community, of course, but we remained strong and more than ever determined to uphold the Township of Champlain's decision to reject the project.

We can be proud of all that we have accomplished collectively and individually to protect the character and assets of this beautiful region where we have chosen to live.

A big thank you to all for your commitment and solidarity.

Action Champlain

LPAT audiences ended Dec 18th,2020

Updated December 18th, 2020

The hearings in front of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT, formerly known as OMB) took place November 9th to November 25th, with the exception of November 11th, then December 10,11,16,18th.


Dec 18th hearing will be available on YouTube probably till Dec 19th or later.

           Select YouTube

This will give you the option to 2 new links - one to follow in English, one to follow in French. Suggest to look at French muted (it has full screen), and listen to English.

 

Chairperson Robinson can now take 3 months or more to render his decision, well informed. 

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